From the time of her prize-winning performances at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in 2000, soprano Olga Pasichnyk became one of the most sought after soprani in Europe. She has performed at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre de la Monnaie, De Vlaamse Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Finnish National Opera, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Opéra de Paris, and the Warsaw Opera.
In 2007 Miss Pasichnyk won the Münchner Operfestspiele Prize for her performances at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando and as Junge Frau in Arnaldo de Felice’s Medusa. In most recent seasons she has been heard as Morgana in Alcina at the Opéra de Paris, as Blanche in Les Dialogues des Carmelites in Antwerp and Gent, as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro in Luxembourg, as soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Krakow Philharmonic, was heard in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in the Bach B minor Mass on tour with the Concerto Köln in Paris, Dijon, and Luxembourg, Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens des Louvres in Paris, and in recital in Barcelona, Zurich and Warsaw.
In the last season of 2009-2010 Miss Pasichnyk was heard as Roxana in Krol Roger, which she will repeat at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2011. She also performed as Micaela in Carmen in Lille and Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress in Warsaw. This season Miss Pasichnyk will be Megacle in L'Olimpiade at the Teater an der Wien. She is also giving a recital at the Strasbourg Opera. Miss Pasichnyk opened the 2008-2009 season at Le Grand Théâtre de Geneve as Ännchen in Der Freischütz, and sang the title role of La Caslisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Miss Pasichnyk’s performed renowned concerts at the Berliner Konzerthaus, The Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and with the Academy of Ancient Music, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, English Concert, the Wiener Symphoniker, the National Orchestra of Belgium, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, L’Orchestre de Radio France, L’Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Colonne in Paris, Das Neues Orchester in Cologne, the RTVE orchestra in Spain, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Concert conductors include Marcello Viotti, Harry Bicket, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Ivor Bolton, Franz Brüggen, Rene Jacobs, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Herreweghe, Kazimierz Kord, Gabriel Chmura, Kazushi Ono, Andrew Parrot, Krzysztof Penderecki, Trevor Pinnock, Marc Soustrot, and Massimo Zanetti.
In addition to her operatic and concert activities, Miss Pasichnyk is in demand as a recitalist. She has performed extensively throughout Europe with pianist Natalya Pasichnyk. The duo have recorded the complete songs of Mozart and Lieder of Mendelssohn and Dvorak for Pro Musica Camerata, Ukrainian Songs for Opus 111, and their forthcoming release of Sibelius Songs for Pro Musica Camerata.
Miss Pasichnyk has been twice awarded the Fryderyk Prize in Poland for the best solo recordings of 1997 and 2004 for her recordings of Szymanowski and Lutoslawski, the 1999 Orfeusz Prize awarded at the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, the Golden Cross of Merit of Poland in 2001, and the A. Hiolski’s prize for the best female operatic performance of 2004 for her performances as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
Miss Pasichnyk has an impressive discography of more than 40 commercial recordings, spanning the history of western music in various genres from Monteverdi to Mozart to Chopin to Lutoslawski on Naxos, Universal, Opus 111, Pro Musica Camerata, CD-Accord, MCD, Musicon and Dabringhaus und Grimm. Her most recent recording as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Rene Jacobs was released by Harmonia Mundi in 2008.
Olga Pasichnyk was born in the Ukraine. She studied piano and musical pedagogy in her native Rivne, voice at the Kiev Conservatory and at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. She began her professional career in 1992 while still a student, as a soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera and went on to become a prizewinner of the International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, Holland (1994), Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki (1999) and The Queen Elisabeth International Competition (2000), where in addition to 3rd Prize, she was awarded both the Special Oratorio Prize and Prize of the Public.
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