Aga Mikolaj SOPRANO

A student of the late Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and a former member of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Aga Mikolaj’s career was launched on Mozart’s leading ladies, Pamina, Countess, Fiordiligi and Donna Elvira. Equally at home in the key lyric soprano roles, and Richard Strauss in particular, Mikolaj is frequently praised for her silvery vocal quality and seamless legato line.

Concluding her time as a member of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper in 2007, Aga Mikolaj has since returned there regularly as a guest (Countess, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Micaela as well as Freia in the new Andreas Kreigenburg’s production of Das Rheingold under Kent Nagano) and has debuted in many other prestigious theatres including Opéra National de Paris (Erste Dame), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Aennchen), Staatsoper unter den Linden (Woglinde), Teatro alla Scala (Erste Dame) and at the Glyndebourne Festival (Fiordiligi). 

Recent seasons have included an acclaimed debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel) as Donna Elvira, a role debut as Donna Anna in Dmitri Tcherniakov's production at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, followed by the same role at Tokyo’s New National Theatre, a return to Berlin’s Staatsoper and Teatro alla Scala for the co-production of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Daniel Barenboim and Donna Elvira with the Wiener Staatsoper on tour to the Budapest Festival.

A frequent concert performer, Aga Mikolaj has a diverse repertoire featuring works by composers including Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Verdi, Penderecki and Szymanowski.  Recent seasons include a triumphant debut at the BBC Proms under Daniel Barenboim (Das Rheingold) as well as appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under John Nelson (Ein deutsches Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate), with L’Orchestre de Paris under James Conlon (Dvořák’s Requiem), with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder (Mahler’s Symphonies Nos.4  and 8), with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski (Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass) and with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Antoni Wit (Penderecki’s Symphony No.7).

This season sees Aga Mikolaj return to the Bolshoi Theatre as Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), a role she reprises with the Philharmonia Orchestra under John Wilson. She also joins the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons for Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under James Gaffigan for Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Mahler’s Symphony No.4 under Markus Stenz, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under Gianluigi Gelmetti for Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Orquestra Sinfonia Nacional for Lutoslawski’s 20 Polish Carols and Rachmaninov’s The Bells, both the Macau Orchestra and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra for Strauss’ Vier letze Lieder and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Konzerthaus, Berlin. 

Aga Mikolaj’s first solo CD of Richard Strauss and Mozart, together with the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and conductor Karl Sollak, was released last year on the CPO label to great critical acclaim.