Zdzislawa Donat - Mozart - O zittre nicht
Zdzisława Donat was born on July 4, 1936, in Poznań. She is a celebrated Polish coloratura soprano and studied under Gino Bechi, in
Warsaw and Siena.
Donat made her debut in Poznan in 1964, in the role of Gilda in Rigoletto, following which she made many appearances in opera houses
around the world, including Toulouse, Helsinki, Warsaw, Moscow, Munich, Buenos Aires, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she sang in
L'enfant et les sortilèges. From 1974 to 1979 she performed in Rome, Prague, Naples, Brussels, Vienna in the role of Lucia di Lammermoor
and the Queen of Night in Die Zauberflöte). In Salzburg, Berlin, Hamburg, London she performed the Queen of Night at Covent Garden, from
1979 to 1983). In 1985, she performed in Paris, and Verona, Orange and Japan in the "Opera for Africa".
Donat made her debut at the San Francisco Opera in 1975, in the role of Queen of Night, opposite Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Alan Titus. In
1981, she sang in the same role at her debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Lucia Popp as Pamina. In 1987 she returned to the Met for the
John Dexter production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, in which she performed the role of Constanze.
Five years later she was signed by RCA to record her famed Queen of Night, with Ileana Cotrubaş, Eric Tappy, Christian Boesch, José van
Dam, and Martti Talvela, conducted by James Levine.
Also in the Kammersängerin's repertoire were roles in Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La sonnambula, I puritani, La traviata, Falstaff, Un
ballo in maschera, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Siegfried (as the Woodbird), Le coq d'or, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and King Roger.
As of 2009, Mme Zdzisława Donat-Pajda is Professor Emeritus at the Frédéric Chopin University of Music.
* "Die Zauberflöte für Kinder" (Cotrubaş, Sieber, Schreier, Boesch, Rydl; Levine, Ponnelle, 1982) TDK
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