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Jadwiga Rappé

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Jadwiga Rappé (b. 1952) – one of Poland’s leading singers, an alto. She studied vocal performance under Zofia Brégy and Jerzy Artysz at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. She is also a graduate of the Department of Slavic Philology at the University of Warsaw. In 1980, she became First Prize winner at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, and a year later, Gold Medal laureate at the Festival of Young Soloists in Bordeaux. She appears on the world’s leading theatrical and concert stages, presenting both opera and oratorio repertoire, being also a valued performer of the art song. She is active pedagogically, holding the title of professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Jadwiga Rappé has at her command an immense repertoire ranging from early to contemporary music. She maintains that the nature of her voice is suited best to Wagner, Russian music, and Brahms. One of her greatest successes has been the role of Erda in the Ring of Nibelung, staged by the Deutsche Oper Berlin; a role she continued to perform throughout the world, and recorded it under the baton of Bernard Haitink. She participated in many premiere performances, including those of works composed specially for her. Finally, she made a great number of radio and disc recordings (over 40 CDs).

Jadwiga Rappé’s repertoire includes a number of compositions by Witold Lutosławski. She recorded the cycle of Five Songs to Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna’s Poems, both in the orchestral and piano accompaniment version. One of her discs is devoted solely to music by Witold Lutosławski. Her interpretations, faithful to the composer’s intentions, were highly valued by Lutosławski himself. In the years 2006-2009, she filled the function of Board President at the Witold Lutosławski Society. Jadwiga Rappé inspired a number of didactic projects. Her belief that Witold Lutosławski’s compositions written for children stimulate their imagination and foster musical development led her to realize the staged concert titled Lutoland, created out of pieces destined for young performers.

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