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Barbara Zubanovich-Baranowska


KUG Kunst Uni Graz

Barbara Zubanovich has been giving successful masterclasses for years and is professor of singing at the University of Art Graz from 1 October 2019. The german mezzo-soprano was born in Poland and received her first musical training at the Music Academy in Katowice, from 1994 she studied further at the Academy of Music and Theatre received her diploma with distinction in the Facu Opera Oratorio and Concert Singer. Later she completed her training with Ingrid Kremling, Kerstin Mayer, Elio Battaglia, Brigitte Fassbender and Teresa Zylis-Gara. Barbara Zubanovich has won the following singing competitions: A. Dvorak (Karlove Very), Teatro Massimo (Palermo), International Operetta R. Stolz (Hamburg), Mirjam Helin (Helsinki). She made her opera debut at Opera Bytom in Poland, in 1993 as Mimi. Her first engagements took her to the Volksoper Wien, where she debuted with Baba the Turk from Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress". Barbara Zubanovich established her as a dramatic mezzo-soprano and has sung in the following international opera houses: Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Bellini, Teatro Maestranza Sevilla, Opera Nationale Montpellier, Opera Nationale Normandie, Den Norske Opera Oslo, Große Festspielhaus Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Nationale Theater Brno, Nationale Theater Praha, Nationale Theater Warsaw, Alto Theater Essen, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and National Theater Mannheim. Barbara Zubanovich sang in the first Wagner production in National Center for Art in Beijing "The Flying Dutchman" directed by Giancarlo del Monaco. In 2013 she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich in the role of Jezybaba from Dvorak's "Rusalak". From 2015 until today, she has been a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera. There she sang with great success the role of Kostelnicka from the Janaceck opera "Jenufa", the Jezybaba from "Rusalka", the mother from Humperdinks "Hansel and Gretel" and the La Frugola from Puccini's "Ill Tabaro. " At the Theater Essen and the Teatre Wielki in Poznań, Poland, she sang the Amneris from Guiseppe Verdi's "Aida. " Barbara Zubanovch works with renowned conductors such as Kiril Petrenko, Simone Young, Tomas Hanus, MarcoArmiliato, Pablo Haffter and Asher Fisch. In 2020 she will sing the role of Kostelnicka (Jenufa) at the Welsh National Opera. Barbara Zubanovich has made the following CD recordings: Maria Padilla by Donizetti Warsaw TV and Radio Orchestra, conductor Lukasz Borowicz, Otello von Verdi under Lawerence Foster.

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