Aleksandra Klimczak – soprano, opera singer, voice performer
Graduated with honours from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music’s Vocal And Acting Studies, under tuition of excellent mezzosoprano Anna Radziejewska. Her stage debut was the role of Female Chorus in Warsaw premiere of „The rape of Lucretia” by Benjamin Britten, an independent production, staged in Old Printing House of Polish Press Agency.
From this moment she has been constantly searching for non-standard way of existence of contemporary opera singer.In her artistic activities she confirms the eagerness to break boundaries in modern arts and music genres, by collaborating in many different fields such as dramatic theatre, performance, sound-art, experiments with electronics, extended voice techniques or free-improvisation. Nevertheless, she is still collaborating with traditional institutions, such as Warsaw Philharmonic or Polska Opera Królewska, performing with baroque, classical and romantique repertoire. She was awarded twice with the scholarship from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage for her own project #Witkacy622 in 2016 [improvised musical performance for opera singer, electronics, harp and flute] and Vox Animae Symphonialis |Hildegard von Bingen #840retractavit in 2019 [musical monodrama for soprano and electronics] and from the Capital City of Warsaw – Ursynów District for SONOR URBIS [sound-art map sonorurbis.pl].She has performed in different places and stages, to mention only Classical:NEXT, UNSOUND, Sacrum Profanum, Wratislavia Cantans Festival, The Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Poznan Grand Theatre, The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Nowy Theatre, Warsaw Chamber Opera, The Lower Silesia Philharmonic, Miskolc National Theatre (Hungary), Instalakcje Festival, Resonances Festival, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Wybrzeże Theatre, Contemporary Theatre in Wrocław, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Capitol Theatre in Wrocław, 6th Floor Theatre or Centre for Contemporary Arts at Ujazdowski Castle.
Aleksandra performs following roles in productions of Polish Royal Opera:
Rowan in „The little sweep” by Benjamin Britten (premiere VI 2018)
Condutor: Przemysław Fiugajski
Stage direction: Kamila Siwińska
Serpina in „La serva padrona” by G.B. Pergolesi ( VII 2020)
Condutor: Krzysztof Garstka
Stage direction: Jitka Stokalska
Female Chorus in „The rape of Lucretia” by B. Britten (VI 2021)
Condutor: Lilianna Krych
Stage direction: Kamila Siwińska
Papagena in „Die Zauberflote” by W. A. Mozart (XII 2021)
Condutor: Dawid Runtz
Stage direction: Andrzej Klimczak
Pani in „The night of the ravens” by Z. Krauze (VII 2022)
Conductor: Dawid Runtz
Stage direction: Waldemar Raźniak
Miss Jessel in „The turn of the screw” by B. Britten (X 2022)
Condutor: Lilianna Krych
Stage direction: Kamila Siwińska
voxMEDIAtive – dyptique for soprano and electronics
This two-part musical project consists of the selection of outstanding medieval compositions interpreted for a solo voice – soprano and electronics, along with an extraordinary visuals based on animated illuminations taken from the works of St. Hildegard and numerous wonderful manuscripts related to Poland or from Polish collections (Psalterium Florianum, Psalterium Nocturnum, Sacramentarium Tinecense, Codex Gertrudianus or the unique Breslau Psalter from the The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambrigde).
The first part – Vox Animae Symphonialis – is being also presented as a live performance, which had it’s premiere in September 2020 and since then has been shown in different venues throughout Poland, such as Holy Spirit Hospital – Nicolaus Copernicus Museum in Frombork or Saint Roch’s Church in Tłokowo on behalf of Jeziorany Municipal Center for culture.
voice & electronics – Aleksandra Klimczak
visualisations – Piotr Pająk
stage design – Dawid Zalesky
costume design – Varvara Frol
LISTEN & WATCH:
Vimeo Vox Animae Symphonialis
Carried out within the scholarship „Culture online” of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of PolandVimeoYouTube
SOLASTALGIA. LIFE RETURNS TO THE WATER (OPERA) PREMIERE
TEATR WIELKI IM. STANISŁAWA MONIUSZKI, POZNAŃ, IX 2021
Composer: Rafał Zapała
Libretto: Michał Krawczak
Conductor: Grzegorz Wierus
Stage director: Magda Szpecht
Stage & Light desiger: Julia Kosek
Solastagia is a new operatic entity delivered to the audience as a virtual experience based on new technologies. Its interactive virtual installation and sound environments are tied together with an application, a „navigator” that allows interaction with the audience.
The term ‘solastalgia’ was created by Glenn Albrecht in 2003 as a „homesickness you have when still at home and your home environment is changing in ways you find negative”.
foto Paweł Zabel, Ośko-Bogunia
PREMIERE No. 4197
The performance is about the 28 days of the female cycle – about the processes that women are subject to, about biology and about how women are perceived through the prism of the cycle. And everyone who has heard at least once that her behavior is controlled by hormonal changes knows it. Each whose value has only been diminished because she is a woman. Anyone who has experienced violence for the same reason.
The director Kamila Siwińska poses the following questions in her production: To what extent is a woman determined by biology? Where does the hormone dictate end? Does biological determinism apply equally to men and women? Can the hormonal cycle in women and the legendary male testosterone be a justification for socially condemned acts?
– What about you? You have period ? – do you know this sentence? Then watch „28 days” !!!
Śniedź [eng. patina, tarnish] is voices+electronica improvising duo, who combine extended vocal techniques with improvised, self-named “glitchtronica”.
≣ ALEKSANDRA 'KLIMCZI’ KLIMCZAK – diva, voice, electronics
≣ ANTONI 'BASKAK’ BEKSIAK – divus, voice, electronics, whistles
Ironic operatic diva and extended vocal techniques gymnast drown together in improv glitchtronica
YOUTUBE Śniedź @Classical:NEXT, WORM, Rotterdam, May 17, 2019
Fully stage performance/concert for operasinger, singer, piano and electronics, inspired by the authentic history of Ewa O.,
who was running a „pet’s hotel” in her small flat,
keeping tens of cats, dogs and other animals in critical conditions.
stage design&direction: Kamila Siwińska
text, music, singer: Joanna Szumacher
piano, actress Malgorzata Walentynowicz
operasinger, live electronics, actress: Aleksandra Klimczak
costume designer: Armada Tomasz
composer: Krzysztof Wolek
photos: Grzesiek Mart
An interactive sound-art map, project which was awarded with Artistic Scholarship from the City of Warsaw. The idea is based on combining soundscape of the Ursynów district with improvising to this particular soundscape musicians and operasinger.
The recordings were made during 2017.
Design: Dawid Zalesky
Musicians: Antonina Styczeń | Maciej Papierski | Witaly Appow | Ewa Cichoń | Piotr Dąbrowski | Michał Fetler | Piotr Mełech | Nasta Niakrasava | Wojtek Więckowski | Kamil Szuszkiewicz | Aleksandra Klimczak
Mix, master: Tom Decybelluse
The Instalakcje Festival has been specializing in the presentation of atypical musical forms not fitting the traditional concert music format.
During the seventh edition of the festival Aleksandra Klimczak was performing in The Bathtub Memory Project, a production for Munich Biennale, which was created by 5 artists with different artistic backgrounds aiming to create a personal moment for the spectator – an artistic venture where music, image and the overall mood of the installation give the spectator the opportunity to have a complete sensory experience. In a world moving fast, in an adults’ world they invite the spectator to come on his own and let himself go for a few moments to a place where time expands and childhood finds room to grow again and give birth to new associations hopes and dreams.
The performance was exclusively addressed to only one spectator at a time. One had also to bring a swimsuit as they were lying in a bathtub filled with warm water during the performance.
Composition: Eleftherios Veniadis;
Direction: Eleni Efthymiou;
video: Leonidas Giannakopoulos;
stage design: Natasa Efstathiadi;
Video Illustrator: Vassilis Selimas
Aleksandra Klimczak (soprano)/Monika Łopuszyńska (soprano)/Eleni Efthymiou (soprano)
Karolina Szewczykowska (viola da gamba)
[vox.loci] is a site-specific project – performative concert for voice and space of EL Gallery in Elbląg, created for Resonances 2018 Festival. The concept is based on voice and electronics improvisation reworking the musical heritage of the space, historical sources of the library of Evangelische Hauptkirche zu St. Marien, which the gallery building used to be before the end of the II WW.
Voice, live electronics: Aleksandra Klimczak
visuals: Dawid Zalesky, Piotr Pająk
#Witkacy622 was Aleksandra’s original improvised musical performance for opera singer, electronics, harps and flute based on the autobiographical novel „The 622 downfalls of Bungo or the demonic woman” by Witkacy.
Concept, staging, vocals, audio effects: Aleksandra Klimczak
harp: Zuzanna Federowicz
flute: Antonina Styczeń-Leszczyńska
Rhodes, electronics: Andrzej Karałow
Bungo’s voice: Adam Fidusiewicz
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