The mezzo-soprano Joanna Dobrakowska was born in Wroclaw. She graduated from the Wroclaw Academy of Music under Bogdan Makal. Awarded a scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and the Austrian Government, she continued her studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Helena Lazarska.
Her musical interests initially included oratorio-cantata forms and lyrical music, which she presented at several music festivals (the Vratislavia Cantans , the Polish Music Festival in Kraków, the Singer’s Warsaw Jewish Culture Festival, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Journeés Mozart Festival in Lausanne, the Schubert Festival in Steyr, the Uckermärkische Musikwochen in Templin, the Eastern European Arts & Entertainment Expo in Tbilisi), and in chamber concerts in German,Portugal, France, Guadalupe, Slovenia, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Poland, etc.
In recent years Joanna Dobrakowska has taken part in numerous theatrical productions. She debuted as 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute (Wroclaw Opera) and later appeared in the roles of Don Ramiro in La fi nta giardiniera (Schloßtheater Schönbrunn – Vienna) and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Bach Festival- Swidnica). In 2007 she began her cooperation with the Krakow Opera, where she performed as Miss Eveline Huck and Molly Troodwood in Karol Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for Husbands or Fiancé No. 69, Jadwiga in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Louise in Penderecki’s Die Teufel aus Loudun, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and most recently as Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. In this year she debuted on the Warsaw National Opera stage in Medeamaterial by Pascal Duspin under musical direction of Franck Ollu.
She has performed with many outstanding artists such as Jacek Kaspszyk, Tadeusz Kozlowski, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Marek Toporowski, Łukasz Borowicz, Andrew Parrot, René Spalinger, Laurence Equilbey,Franck Ollu, Dalia Atlas, Mariusz Kwiecien´ , Olga Pasiecznik and Charles Daniels.
She has taken part in world premieres of works by the Polish and foreign composers, the most significant of which included Astraios by Johanna Doderer during the inauguration of Feldkirch Festspiele in 2007, Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for Husbands or Fiancé No. 69 at the Polish Music Festival in Krakow 2007 and the Polish premiere of Ella Milch-Scheriff’s cantata Can Heaven Be Void?. She has recently performed at the famous Paris Salle Pleyel singing in Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with Eric Ericksson & Accentus Choir, conducted by Laurence Equilbey.
Joanna Dobrakowska is the winner of several Polish and international vocal competitions. Her performances have been extensively broadcasted (TVP , PR, ORF, HR 1, NDR), she has released several CDs (works by the 18th and 19th century Polish composers’ within the cycle entitled Jasnogórska Muzyka Dawna), Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil and the DVD with Szymanowski’s operetta Lottery for Husbands or Fiancé No. 69.
Joanna’s official website: www.joannadobrakowska.com