Biography

After her successful American debut as Aglaonice in Philip Glass’ Orphée at the Virginia Opera, young Polish mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk came to the attention of European audiences and the press when she stepped in the role of Smeton in Anna Bolena at Oper Köln. Critics praised her for having “the most promising voice with spectacular high notes” (ResMusica) and for her “remarkable Italianitá” (Der nueu Merker). While still a member of the Oper Köln Opera Studio, she was featured in several leading roles, including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oberto in Alcina and Gianetta in L’elisir d’Amore . She then joined the ensemble of Oper Köln and performed, among others, the role of Mercédès in Carmen, Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Laura in Tschaikovsky’s Jolantha. For her guest appearance in the demanding role of Ascanio in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at Oper Bonn in November 2015, she received great critical acclaim, being called “the astonishment of the evening” (Der Neue Merker) and “a singer at a start of a remarkable career” (Kölner Stadtanzeiger). Other highlights of that season included guest appearance as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly with Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Krakow Philharmonic Hall. In season 2016-2017 she returned to Staatstheater Wiesbaden for one of her favourite roles- Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro as well as to sing Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and Siegrune in Die Walküre. She also appeared as Alcina in Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina during Internationale Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden and as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte during Bach Festival in Świdnica in Poland.

She started the 2017/2018 season with a very successful appearance at the Chopin w Barwach Jesieni International Festival in Antonin in Poland, where she was named by the critics the discovery of the festival.  She then appeared at Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden as Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and as Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore.  Later that year she returned to Kölner Oper to make a role debut as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Javotte in Manon. She will also made a house debut in Wuppertal as Hänsel in the new production of Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Julia Jones. In summer 2018 she returned to Bach Festival in Świdnica to sing the Israelitish Man in Judas Maccabaeus with Capella Cracoviensis under Jan Tomasz Adamus.

In the 2018/2019 saison she will make her French debut at Sinfonia Festival in Perigueux performing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Les Ambassadeurs under Alexis Kossenko. She will then sing the part of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in Theater Münster and will return to Oper Wuppertal for the revival of Hänsel und Gretel. Highlights of her future concert engagements include concerts in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

The recent few seasons brought her many exciting concert engagements. In October 2014 Marta Wryk made her debut at Cologne Philharmonic Hall in the Gürzenich Orchestra chamber music series, performing songs of Shostakovich and Villa Lobos. She then appeared in a concert at Krzysztof Penderecki International Music Centre in Lusławice. She was also invited by two contemporary music ensembles: Notabu-Ensemble and Spectra Ensemble to perform Luciano Berio’s Recital for Cathy at prestigious Düsseldorf Tonhalle and Ghent Muziekcentrum in Belgium. In summer of 2015, she was selected to sing in the Stipendiantenkonzert at Großen Haus der Stadthalle Bayreuth during the Bayreuth Festival. She also appeared in Kammermusik für Köln concert series at Santa Klara Keller in Köln. In 2017/2018 season she will appear in a solo recital at Karl Rahner Akademie in Köln as well at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

Mrs Wryk’s previous engagements include L’Enfant in L’Enfant et Les Sortilièges in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Elisabeth Proctor in The Crucible with Chautauqua Institution. She also covered the roles of Mother and the Witch in Hänsel and Gretel and Katisha in The Mikado at Virginia Opera as well as the title role in Carmen at Lyric Opera Virginia.

On a recital stage, she performed at Symphony Space in New York with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and in Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the pianist Kevin Kenner and the cellist William De Rosa. She has appeared in the Music at the White Hall concert series at the invitation of the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań, Poland, and has performed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at the invitation of Dr James Watson, the Nobel Prize laureate. Other important concert appearances include the Caramoor Music Festival, the Chopin Foundation of the United States and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York.

Ms Wryk received prizes from the Career Bridges Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Voice Competition. She also won first prize at the International Voice Competition in Gorizia, Italy. In July 2014 she was named a semi-finalist of the 33rd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.

She received scholarship awards from Manhattan School of Music and Leszek and Jolanta Czarnecki’s Foundation.  She took part in masterclasses of  Tom Krause, Helena Łazarska, Helen Donath, Diana Soviero, Stephanie Blythe, Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles and Helmut Deutsch. She holds degrees in vocal performance from the F.Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Manhattan School of Music in New York. She participated in Young Artists Programs at Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera Virginia, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Chautauqua Institution and The Schubert Institute.