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Kryger, Urszula (mezzo-soprano)

Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano)

Born in Lodz, Poland, Urszula Kryger began her musical life as a pianist but soon started voice-training with Jadwiga Pietraszkiewicz in Lodz and later with professor André Orlowitz in Copenhagen. The success of these studies was striking. In the years following them, from 1990 to 1994, Urszula Kryger stormed the juries of all international competitions, and was crowned by the international jury of the ARD Competition in Munich, where she was awarded the rarely-granted First Prize in 1994.

Since the worldwide television broadcast of her ARD Award, Urszula Kryger has performed at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, at the Accademia Filharmonica Romana, at the Hugo Wolf Academie in Stuttgart and at the Berliner Schauspielhaus under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In Madrid she participated in the St Matthew Passion with Helen Donath and Adalbert Kraus. The conductor, Hans-Martin Schneidt, invited her to sing Bach again in 1997 with Ruth Ziesack and Matthias Goerne in Munich. In 1997 she was invited to sing at the Louvre in Paris with the pianist Hartmut Höll, and toured Japan. She sang under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling and in December and January 1996/97, Miss Kryger sang the role of Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Chopin can be considered as Mrs Kryger's personal field. She sang the composer's melodies in an international tour, with a final concert at La Scala Milan in 1999, Chopin's anniversary. She also sang the mélodies in Geneva, Munich, St Moritz and twice in Paris. After her recital at the Paris Chopin Festival in 1999, the singer was invited to take part in the composer's anniversary celebration at La Madeleine in Paris, singing in the Mozart Requiem. Sir Colin Davis invited her to Munich to sing in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in October 1999.

Albums

Chopin: Polish Songs
CDH55270Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Complete works available for download

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3'with Charles Spencer (piano)
Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11with Charles Spencer (piano)
Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9with Charles Spencer (piano)
Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11with Charles Spencer (piano)
Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3'with Charles Spencer (piano)
Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5with Charles Spencer (piano)
Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4with Charles Spencer (piano)
La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1'with Charles Spencer (piano)
La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4'with Charles Spencer (piano)
Melodya, Op 74 No 9with Charles Spencer (piano)
Moja pieszczotka 'My darling', Op 74 No 12with Charles Spencer (piano)
Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15with Charles Spencer (piano)
Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13with Charles Spencer (piano)
Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14with Charles Spencer (piano)
Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16with Charles Spencer (piano)
Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1'with Charles Spencer (piano)
Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7with Charles Spencer (piano)
Precz z moich oczu! 'Out of my sight!', Op 74 No 6with Charles Spencer (piano)
Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8with Charles Spencer (piano)
Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3with Charles Spencer (piano)
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17with Charles Spencer (piano)
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2with Charles Spencer (piano)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10with Charles Spencer (piano)
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1with Charles Spencer (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Bardzo raniuchno wschodzilo sloneczko 'Early one morning the sun was rising'  
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Blyszcza krople rosy 'The dew sparkles'  
Chère âme, sans toi j'expire  
Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11 (Chopin)
Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9 (Chopin)
Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11 (Chopin)
Enfant, cède au sommeil qui ferme ta paupière  
Entendez-vous c'est le signal  
Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Gdybyn ja byla sloneczkiem na niebie 'If I were the sun in the sky'  
Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5 (Chopin)
Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4 (Chopin)
La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4' (Chopin/Viardot)
La village est tout en fête  
Leci liscie z drzewa 'Leaves are falling thickly'  
Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  
Moja pieszczotka 'My darling', Op 74 No 12 (Chopin)
Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15 (Chopin)
Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13 (Chopin)
Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14 (Chopin)
Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16 (Chopin)
Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7 (Chopin)
Precz z moich oczu! 'Out of my sight!', Op 74 No 6 (Chopin)
Prépare-toi, faible cœur  
Rok sie kochali, a wiek sie nie widzieli 'For a year they loved, for eternity they parted'  
Rosnie trawka, ziólko 'Dew lies on the meadows'  
Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony 'River, flowing from the mountains'  
Rzy mój gniady, ziemie grzebie 'Hark! My steed stamps the dust'  
Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8 (Chopin)
Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3 (Chopin)
Smutno nianki ci spiewaly 'When nurses sang sadly to you'  
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Strumyk lubi w dolinie 'Streams gurgle through the valley'  
Szynkareczko, szafareczko 'Take care, pretty girl'  
To sa czary, pewno czary! 'It must be witchcraft'  
Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy 'The wind howls in the forest'  
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
Wzniosly, smukly i mlody 'Young and tall and handsome'  
Z gór, gdzie dzwigali 'Under their crosses' cruel weight they stand'  
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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