The young Polish sopano Monika Buczkowska, who made her debut in Germany singing Lydie in a new production of Fauré's Pénélope at Oper Frankfurt in 2019/20, joins our ensemble this season, during which she can be heard as Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Aljeja (Aus einem Totenhaus / From the House of the Dead) and in recital in the Holzfoyer. Before coming to Frankfurt she was a member of the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw's Young Talents Development Programme (Opera Academy), where she worked with Eytan Pessen, Matthias Rexroth and Izabela Kłosińska. She recently repeated her portrayal of Papagena in Barrie Kosky's Die Zauberflöte. She sang Donna Anna (role debut) in Don Giovanni at the Music Festival in Nieborów, Zerlina and Susanna in Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, and took part in a new production of Prokofiev's Fiery Angel, under Kazushi Ōno – a co-production with the Festival d'Aix en Provence - at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Eurydike (Orpheus in the Underworld) at Baltic Opera in Gedańsk and Pamina at the Music Theater in Lüben. She graduated from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Posen and prizes have included 1st prize at the Polish Vocal Festival Maria Stankowa in Olsztyn and the Marta Eggerth & Jan Kiepura Prize at the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition.