Justyna RECZENIEDI (soprano) is a vocalist, violinist and Polish language scholar. She holds a doctorate of musical arts in the field of vocal studies from the Felix Nowowiejski Academy of Music (2013). She is an M.A. honors graduate of the Frederick Chopin Academy of Music in the vocal class of Professor Zdzisława Donat (2003) as well as of Warsaw University in the Polish philology department (2002). At the Frederick Chopin Public Music School she was the last pupil of the unforgettable Bogna Sokorska (1998) who was known as the “The Warsaw Lark”. Between 2004-2017 soloist of the Warsaw Chamber Opera and from October 2017 onwards she has been a soloist of the Polish Royal Opera in Warsaw.
She is the winner of many awards from vocal competitions. She was awarded second place at the K. Jamroz First Polish Nationwide Competition for Young Sopranos in Busko Zdrój (2003), third place at the N. Dostal’s International Operetta Competition in Viena (2003), as well as first place at the I. Borowicka Second Nationwide Competition of Operetta and Musical Performance in Krakow where she also received a few special prizes (2008). She also won third place at the International Opera Competition “Arteincanto” in Basciano, Italy (2009).
Since 2003 Reczeniedi has been in cooperation with Jerzy Cembrzyński’s ensemble “Con Passione” concertizing with them and regularly expanding their program. Their cooperative recordings consists of over 100 positions from the operatic repertoire as well as operetta, musical, film music, proof of which are six phonographic recordings (all of which directed and mastered by Julita Emanuiłow) namely:
“Tam mnie znajdziesz [English: There You Will Find Me]” (2009)
“Najpiękniejsze arie operowe na sopran liryczno-koloraturowy [English:The Most Beautiful Opera Arias for Lyric Coloratura Soprano]” (2009)
“Szczęśliwi [English: The Happy Ones]” (2010)
“Pomiędzy światem a nami [English: Between the World and Us] (with Jerzy Zelnik, 2011)
“Treny [English: Threnodies]” (2014)
“Święta z kolędą [English: The Holidays with a Carol]” (recorded with Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak, EMI Classics, 2011).
More phonographic recordings include the successful Reczeniedi-Krzeszowiak duet project “Co-Opera” which is the music of Marcin Nierubiec and the poetry of Michał Zabłocki under the patronage of the outstanding singer Teresa Żylis-Gara with the K. Namysłowki Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tadeusz Wicherek (2013 and 2014) as well as the album “Anna. Pamięci Anny German [English: Anna. In Memory of Anna German]” (with Vladyslava Vdovychenko, 2014). In 2014 she also recorded “Pamięci Bogny i Jerzego Sokorskich [English: Memories of Bogna and Jerzy Sokorski]” with Adam Kruszewski and Jagna Sokorska-Kwika among others. In 2016 she took part in the recording titled “Pieśni [English: Songs]” of Frederick Chopin with Marcin Bronikowki and others. She also performed the registration of “Liryki miłosne” [English: Love Lyrics] by Szymon Kawalla.
Some of Reczeniedi’s greatest artistic achievements include her performances at the Tokyo City Opera during a Japanese Tour in November and December 2004 and 2006. She presented her skills in Poland with the Warsaw Chamber twice under the baton of Z. Graca and K. Bumann. During the 2005-2006 season she performed in Riga, Latvia in the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” directed by V. Nemirova at the Latvia National Opera. In August of 2007 and 2008 she gained success at the J. Kiepura European Festival in Krynica, Poland in concerts there hosted by Boguslaw Kaczynski and transmitted by Polish Television and Polish Radio. In March 2009 she was again invited to the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, after which she was highly praised in the Lebanese press. In November 2009 she took part in the Polsat television show called “Jak Oni Śpiewają [English Soapstar Superstar]” where during the semi-finals she performed Habanera from Bizet’s Opera Carmen with Agnieszka Włodarczyk.
In January 2007 she cooperated with the National Opera at the Great Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. She created the role of Basia in the performance of “Zabobon czyli Krakowiacy i Górale [English: Superstitions, in other words, Krakowians and Highlanders]” by K. Kurpiński and Papagena in the spectacle called “In the Land of the Magic Flute” based on the opera by Mozart. She also performed in Maria Foltyn’s “Śpiewnik domowy [English: Household Songbook]”. In January 2008 she took part in the pre-premier spectacle “Magiczny Doremik [English: The Magical Doremik]” by M. Ptaszyńska.
In June 2009 she performed with success in the concert “Italian Opera Night in Zamość- Sławomir Pietras and his Guests” under the baton of T. Wicherek as well as took part in the Polish pre-premier of J. A. Hasse’s opera “Marc Anthony and Cleopatra” under the direction of W. Kłosiewicz as directed by J. Stokalska creating the title female role. In 2010 she was the soloist in the Hungarian pre-premier of Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony with the Debrecen Philharmonic under the direction of Balázs Kocsár. She cooperated with Opera na Zamku [English: Opera at the Castle] in Szczecin, Poland creating the role of Violetta Valery in Verdi’s opera “La Traviata” with Adam Kruszewski and Jacek Laszczkowski under the direction of Wojciech Semerau-Siemianowski. She also sang the part of Adela in the operetta “Die Fledermaus” in this theater. In 2016 she once again reinstated the title role in “La Traviata” this time in the Polish language version. She regularly cooperates with philharmonic orchestras and concert halls in Poland and abroad (Austria, Greece, Spain, Japan, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon, Germany, and Hungary). For the last few seasons she’s been regularly invited to the concert stage called “Zeus” at MCC Mazurkas as part of the Forum Humanum Mazurkas and Symposium to Ożarów Mazowiecki where she took part in, among others, the benefit concerts of Bohdan Łazuka, Andrzej Płonczyński and Professor Szymon Kawalla as well as the concerts “Co-Opera wznowienie [English: Co-Opera Revival]”, “Niech żyje wiosna [English: Let There Be Spring]”, “Graj tango [English: Play the Tango]”, and “Ponad Tęczą. Od Mozarta do Webbera [English: Over the Rainbow- from Mozart to Webber]”.
Reczeniedi is the author of her maestro’s biography “Bogna Sokorska. The Life and Career of The Warsaw Lark- memories” (Novae Res 2011) as well as the monograph of the distinguished tenor Stanislaw Gruszczynski (Fundacja Zygmunta Noskowkiego, 2014). She also published a collection of her own stories “Spotkania [English: Meetings]” (Anagram, 2012).
Justyna Reczeniedi’s most important roles are:
Verdi: Gilda from “Rigoletto”, Violetta Valery from “La Traviatta”
Mozart: Despina and Fiordiligi from “Cosi Fan Tutte”, Cherubino from “The Marriage of Figaro”
Galuppi: Eugenia from “Il filosofo di Campagna”
Kurpiński: Basia from "Krakowiacy i górale”
Strauss: Adela from “Die Fledermaus”
Pergolesi: Serpina from “La Serva Padrona” among others.
Reczeniedi is able to successfully sing and perform in various music styles from opera to oratorio, songs, operetta, musical, film music, and sung poetry. She continues to progress in the style of Bogna Sokorska and Ada Sari’s school of Bel Canto in combination with modern vocal techniques under the artistic care of Jagna Sokorska-Kwika.
For the last few years she has cooperated with the director Maciej Michalski who was the forerunner in combining modern imagery with classical singing in the form of music videos. Reczeniedi played in his film “Kanadyjskie sukienki [English: Canadian Dresses”]” along with Ewa Kasprzyk, Anna Seniuk, Zofia Czerwińska, and Justyna Steczkowska.