Whether it be opera, operetta, gospel, jazz, classics of broadway or modern musical theatre, they are all dear to me. If I can touch one heart, one soul, one being brings me great satisfaction.
Kinga Mitrowska, soprano, acclaimed in countries of three continents for her exquisite and unique voice, was born in Montreal. She began her musical studies at the Faculty of Theatre in Marianopolis College in Montreal and then traveled to Poland where she graduated with distinction from the Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.
Kinga Mitrowska made her debut, crowned with great success, as Despina in W.A. Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, staged by Polish State Opera. She was engaged by the Warsaw State Opera where, for the next eight years, she was a soloist, singing numerous leading roles, appearing alongside Poland’s leading opera celebrities. Among her roles were: Susanna in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Musetta in G. Puccini’s La Bohème or Chicha in the opera Jawnuta by S. Moniuszko, Adelle and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss, and Violetta in G. Verdi’s La Traviata.
Kinga’s artistic career took her to musical stages in Poland and, indeed, across the continents. Winning the Gold Medal at the Maria Canals vocal competition in Barcelona, she went on to win prizes and distinctions at festivals in New York, Prague, Montreal, Vienna and Tokyo. Between such events she recorded for the Polish Radio and TV.
Upon her return to Canada, Kinga Mitrowska continued her acclaimed successes with lead performances with the Toronto Operetta, singing such roles as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus or Saffi in the all-time favourite The Gypsy Baron by J. Strauss. She went on to perform for Opera in Concert, singing Elvira in Ernani by G. Verdi, Linda in Linda di Chamonix by G. Donizetti or Roxana in King Roger by K. Szymanowski. Kinga sang in Die Fledermaus in Thunder Bay, as well as in many concerts in Toronto with nationally acclaimed tenor Mark DuBois. In recognition of her talent, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television nominated her in 2005 for the 20th Annual Gemini Awards in the Best Performance Category. Viewers throughout Canada could watch her perform together with tenor Peter de Sotto and the Quartetto Gelato in the famous “Libiamo” duet from G. Verdi’s La Traviata, telecast by CBC on Canada Day in 2004.
Among her most memorable experiences was participation in a concert dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II in the Air Canada Centre along such stars as Helmut Lotti and Zamfir. Kinga has never forgotten her Polish roots, she has added her talent to enrich the cultural life of the Polish-Canadian community. For many years she has been associated with the Polish Musical Theatre of Michal Kuleczka, singing lead roles in the Merry Widow by Fr. Lehar, the Csardas Princess by E. Kalman and several operettas staged by him. She has also participated in concerts organized by Andrzej Rozbicki.
She is a fixture in all musical presentations staged by the Polish-Canadian Music Society, directed by Maria Nowotarska. In 2005, for her artistic achievements Kinga Mitrowska was decorated with the Medal of Merit by the Polish Ministry of Culture. Her voice is in constant demand by connoisseurs of the best in vocal music.