Biography: Aga Winska

Aga Winska, born in Warsaw (Poland), graduated with Distinction from the Frederic Chopin Music Academy in her native city.  While still a student, she made her debut in the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Warsaw Chamber Opera.  As Poland's top arts student in higher education, she received the prize and scholarship awarded by the Polish Minister of Arts and Culture in 1986.  In 1988, she won the First Prize, the Oratorio Prize and the Alex de Vries special prize (for prominent musical talent) at the Queen Elizabeth International Singing Competition in Brussels, and in 1999 the first prize for operetta at the Gascogne International Singing Competition in France.

Aga Winska has worked with many famous conductors, is regularly invited to the leading European music festivals, has featured in numerous broadcasts and recordings for radio and television in many countries, and has made CD and film recordings.

Aga is endowed with the beautiful and rare type soprano voice known as "dramatic coloratura".  Recently, she has been singing lyric parts more often.  Her vast, extensive repertoire covers all epochs, styles and forms of music.

During the 2003-2004 season, Aga Winska has mostly been present on the Belgian music scene.  She gave, among others, a cycle of recitals with a Slavic romantic repertoire, especially prepared for the occasion of the EU's expansion to the East.  In November 2005, Aga Winska made her stage direction debut in the Brussels Light Opera Company production of Franz Léhar's Merry Widow.