Internationally celebrated for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has brought to life such powerful women as Senta, Chrysothemis, Sieglinde, the Marschallin, the Kaiserin, Tosca, Elisabetta, and Amelia on leading opera and concert stages in Europe, North America and Asia. Adrianne’s performances have taken her to the most renowned opera stages around the world, as well as at some of Europe’s finest summer festivals. Her portrayals of Senta in Der Fliegende Höllander and Sieglinde in Die Walküre have taken her to some of the world’s most famed houses – both characters have become signature roles earning her the title as “the Sieglinde of our time” (Die Zeit).
Adrianne’s recently released recording Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Strauss and Wagner (Delos) received critical praise. In addition to this new recording, her discography includes several JUNO-Award winning recordings including Orfeo and Beethoven: Ideals of The French Revolution (Analekta).
Adrianne began her career at the Canadian Opera Company in Lady MacBeth of Mzensk in 1988, returning to that company in 1994 to sing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. In 1989 she joined the Vienna Volksoper and established her home and career in Europe. After living in London for some time, Adrianne returned to live in Toronto in 2005, where she continues to make her home.
Adrianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named a Kammersängerin by the Austrian government. In May 2013, she was named an Honourary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music and in 2014 she received the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. Adrianne holds Honorary Doctorates from her alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, and McMaster University.
“…her vocal performance was masterful and touchingly expressive. It was a unique experience.” Opernglas