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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' (CDH55270)
Chopin: Polish Songs
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55270  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Bardzo raniuchno wschodzilo sloneczko 'Early one morning the sun was rising'  First line to Piosnka Litewska 'Lithuanian song', Op 74 No 16 (Chopin)
Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Blyszcza krople rosy 'The dew sparkles'  First line to Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Chère âme, sans toi j'expire  First line to Plainte d'amour 'Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op 6 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
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  First line to Berceuse 'Mazurka in C major, Op 33 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Entendez-vous c'est le signal  First line to La danse 'Mazurka in G major, Op 50 No 1' (Chopin/Viardot)
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'  First line to Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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  First line to La fête 'Mazurka in E flat minor, Op 6 No 4' (Chopin/Viardot)
Leci liscie z drzewa 'Leaves are falling thickly'  First line to Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  First line to Dumka 'Reverie', KKIVb/9 (Chopin)
Mgla mi do oczu zawiewa z lona 'My heart is heavy, my eyes full of sorrow'  First line to Nie ma czego trzeba 'Faded and vanished', Op 74 No 13 (Chopin)
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  First line to Faible cœur 'Mazurka in F minor, Op 7 No 3' (Chopin/Viardot)
Rok sie kochali, a wiek sie nie widzieli 'For a year they loved, for eternity they parted'  First line to Dwojaki koniec 'The double end', Op 74 No 11 (Chopin)
Rosnie trawka, ziólko 'Dew lies on the meadows'  First line to Posel 'The messenger', Op 74 No 7 (Chopin)
Rzeko z cudzoziemców strony 'River, flowing from the mountains'  First line to Smutna rzeka 'Sad river', Op 74 No 3 (Chopin)
Rzy mój gniady, ziemie grzebie 'Hark! My steed stamps the dust'  First line to Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
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'  First line to Pierscien 'The ring', Op 74 No 14 (Chopin)
Spiew grobowy 'Hymn from the tomb', Op 74 No 17 (Chopin)
Strumyk lubi w dolinie 'Streams gurgle through the valley'  First line to Gdzie lubi 'There where she loves', Op 74 No 5 (Chopin)
Szynkareczko, szafareczko 'Take care, pretty girl'  First line to Hulanka 'Drinking song', Op 74 No 4 (Chopin)
To sa czary, pewno czary! 'It must be witchcraft'  First line to Czary 'Witchcraft', KKIVa/11 (Chopin)
Wiatr zaszumial miedzy krzewy 'The wind howls in the forest'  First line to Narzeczony 'The bridegroom', Op 74 No 15 (Chopin)
Wiosna 'Spring', Op 74 No 2 (Chopin)
Wojak 'The warrior', Op 74 No 10 (Chopin)
Wzniosly, smukly i mlody 'Young and tall and handsome'  First line to Sliczny chlopiec 'Handsome lad', Op 74 No 8 (Chopin)
Z gór, gdzie dzwigali 'Under their crosses' cruel weight they stand'  First line to Melodya, Op 74 No 9 (Chopin)
Zyczenie 'The Maiden's Wish', Op 74 No 1 (Chopin)
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