Assistant Professor, Voice
BMus University of Toronto, Performance
ODip University of Toronto
Artistry of the highest order and inspired portrayals have secured soprano Joanne Kolomyjec an enviable reputation in the world of opera. In recent years her highly acclaimed performances of Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title roles in Tosca and Jenufa, and Marguerite in Faust, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Magda Sorel in The Consul have thrilled audiences and critics alike in Canada, USA and Great Britain.
A graduate with distinction of the University of Toronto’s Opera School and of its Bachelor of Music in Performance, Ms. Kolomyjec went on to be a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Competition (1983). She has been hailed as a stylish and elegant Mozartean, and has portrayed the Countess and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutti. Other prominent roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Boheme, Agathe in Der Freischutz, Micaela in Carmen, Madame Lidoine and Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Lia in L’Enfant Prodigue, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Anna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Alice Ford in Verdi's masterpiece Falstaff, and her first venture into Wagner with Freia in Das Rheingold. Ms. Kolomyjec has sung with all the major opera companies in Canada, and in the US with Santa Fe Opera, Florentine Opera, Portland Opera, Utah Opera, Arizona Opera and Great Britain.
Ms. Kolomyjec has also appeared regularly as a guest artist with major symphony orchestras across Canada and the USA. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in a concert performance of Strauss’ Daphne with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Other performances have included Mahler’s Symphonies nos. 2, 4 and 8, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Chausson’s Poeme de L’Amour et de la Mer, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Egmont (Overture and Incidental Music), Stravinsky's Les Noces,the Mozart Requiem, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Vaughn-Williams’ Sea Symphony, the Strauss Four Last Songs, Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, Fauré’s Requiem, Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphony, the Poulenc Gloria , Stravinsky’s Les Noces and the Shostokovich Symphony No. 14. As well, her extensive work singing del Tredici’s Alice in Wonderland cycle and selected works from the above with the National Ballet of Canada brought her to Pacific Opera in Orange County, California, San Diego Opera and the English National Opera.
She has worked with world renowned conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Jakov Kreizburg, Charles Dutoit, Julius Rudel, Bramwell Tovey, Anton Coppola, Franco Manino, Mario Bernardi, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Kenneth Montgomery, Gunther Herbig, Joseph Rescigno, Gabor Otvos, Bernard Labadie, Grzegorz Nowak, Raffi Armenian, David Agler, Imre Pallo, Richard Bradshaw, George Manahan, Boris Brott, Uri Mayer, Victor Feldbrill to name a few.
Ms. Kolomyjec has also excelled as a recitalist, and did a Canadian tour with tenor Richard Margison in the Yukon. She also toured and performed a program of Russian songs with renowned pianist Janina Fialkowska which then was released as a critically acclaimed CBC, CD entitled "None But The Lonely Heart". Other recordings include "Song To The Moon" with Mario Bernardi and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, "A Night In Vienna" with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Raffi Aremenian. An exponent of contemporary music as well, Ms Kolomyjec has recorded Shostakovich's cycle of Chamber songs, "Romanzen Suite", and songs by Canadian composers Oscar Morawetz, "Sonnets Of The Portuguese" and an orchestral cycle entitled "Cantiones Mysticae" with the Toronto Symphony, composed by Godfrey Ridout.
Ms. Kolomyjec was on faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, and is presently in her 17th year on the voice faculty at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal Quebec, where she was presented with the 2013/2014 Teacher Of The Year Award. As well Ms. Kolomyjec has presented many master classes at music faculties across Canada, voice teacher at Opera NUOVA in the summers and been a jurist on panels for a number of competitions, including Jeunesse Musicale, Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Music Competition, NATS Competition, Kiwanis Festival, National Music Festival as well as for Canada Council grants. Two of Ms. Kolomyjec students have won the prestigious $25,000 Wirth Vocal Competition at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.