"...stunning, combining a powerful vowel attack with a honeyed tone that flowed over a tightly coiled vibrato."
-ROCHESTER CITY NEWSPAPER
Praised by the Rochester City Newspaper for her "honeyed tone," the Milbrook Independent for her “attractive, comforting appeal” and by the Boston Globe for “a rich voice that could go in a blink from speaking to soaring” - as well as her “killer side-eye” - soprano Paulina Swierczek is gaining acclaim as vibrant story-teller, combining technical facility with a passion for communication.
Concert highlights include Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. Favorite roles include Brunnhilde (Die Walkure, Siegfried), Therese (Les Mamelles du Tiresias), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), The New Prioress (Les dialogues des Carmelites), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and the Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro). A Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center (‘17+’18), she has premiered works at the Festival of Contemporary Music, performed with the TMCO (Sieben fruhe Lieder, Chantefleurs et Chantefables) and has been featured in numerous cantatas of J. S. Bach under John Harbison.
Paulina’s 2018/19 season included debuts with the Broad Street Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem) and The Orchestra Now (Beethoven’s Egmont, op. 84) as well as a Fellowship at Stephanie Blythe’s Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. She has appeared numerous times with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, singing arias of Mozart and Wagner, and on their American Music Festival “Sing out, NY!” In Summer 2019 she was a Featured Artist in the Mastersinger Program at Pittsburgh Festival Opera with Jane Eaglen, appearing in scenes as Brunnhilde (Siegfried) and covering the title role in Die Walkure. She was also featured on Berkshire Opera Festival’s “Savor the Sound” bel canto gala singing excerpts from I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta), and alongside renowned pianist Anton Nel at the Fifth Canadian Chopin Piano Festival and Competition performing songs by Chopin and Viardot as well as excerpts of I Puritani (Elvira).
2019/20 engagements include Paulina’s debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Andris Nelsons, Strauss’s Four Songs, op. 27 with The Orchestra Now under Leon Botstein, and her role debut as Queen of the Night with the Little Orchestra Society. A native Polish speaker with much experience with Polish song literature and specifically the songs of Fryderyk Chopin, Paulina is thrilled to return to Rochester, NY, her second home, by invitation of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies (University of Rochester) to perform some of his more well-known works.
Paulina holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and notable teachers include Rita Shane, Dr. Constance Haas, Anthony Dean Griffey and Sanford Sylvan. She currently studies with Michaela Martens.
Most of the bookshelves in my apartment are doubly-filled. My favorite kind of pen is the Pilot Precise V5, extra fine. I have a cat, and his name is Spock. I like Catan, and other board games that show you just how cutthroat your friends can be. I don't like pickles.
When I was younger, opera was explained to me this way: recitative is where the action happens, and when we get an aria, it's because the character is simply feeling so much that speaking is no longer a sufficient means of expression. And that's why I sing - because sometimes speaking just isn't enough; not enough to say what you actually want to say, and not enough to get people to listen.
I sing because it's the most honest thing I can do. I sing because it's the most difficult thing I know. I sing because it is the most love-filled thing I can endeavor to make. I sing because it lets me make art with and learn from people who care as much as I do. I sing because it combines my two favorite things in the world - text and breath - into something much bigger than the sum of its parts.
I'm a very lucky lady.
When I'm not doing that, of course, I'm biting off more than I can chew in the reading department - though I somehow always make it through - and loving every minute, logging kitchen-experiment hours, making trouble (sorry, Mom) with friends, actively pining after Mass MOCA, and being the most dutiful of cat-moms.