(Credit: Curtis Brown)
“Halka” is as one of the masterpieces in the Polish operatic repertory and is frequently performed in its country of origin. In recent times the opera has garnered greater international attention with showcases at Carnegie Hall, Bard Music Festival, and the Bel Canto Opera. This week, “Halka” will get a new production at the Theater an der Wien, in what is the first major new production of the opera on an international stage.
The opera will be led by star soprano Corinne Winters, who not only makes her debut in the title role but also makes her Theater an der Wien debut.
Throughout the past years, Winters has performed at some of the leading theaters in the world including the Royal Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and Opera Vlaanderen. She has also slowly built her repertoire showcasing her versatility in Verdi, Puccini, Janacek, Bizet, Halevy, and Tchaikovsky, among many others. With “Halka,” Winters will also add another language to her repertoire, sing in her first major Vienna theater and will also prove once again that she is a soprano that is willing to take chances and not be boxed into any voice type.
OperaWire stated that her “Traviata” at the Royal Opera was a “heartbreaking portrayal,” adding that Winters was a “soprano that every major house needs to bring.”
For those not present for her role debut as “Halka,” the soprano will make her role debut in “Rusalka” in London and Luxembourg.
For those not familiar with Winters’ voice, the soprano has a number of recordings including a DVD of “Pelléas Et Mélisande” from Opernhaus Zürich and a CD of Spanish songs entitled “Cancion Amorosa: Songs of Spain.”
Here she is in “Così fan tutte” from the Royal Opera House…
And here she is in “La Traviata” from Opera Hong Kong.