Outreach skills session
Age: 40 years old
Joanna Malewski began her musical studies on the trumpet before discovering singing and live performances. She was very young when she was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where she studied with Mireille Alcantara and received her degree (DFS) from a unanimous jury; She then went on to pursue her studies at the Centre National d’Artistes Lyriques where she was a resident artist during the year 2008-2009.
During her studies, she is awarded the Jury Prize at the Béziers Song Festival and she was nominated for the Révélations Classique de l’Adami in 2007. In 2010, prize winner at the International Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsbergen in Germany, she participated in several productions and concerts organized for the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg 20th Festival. She perfected her training with Annick Massis, Antoine Palloc, Armande Olivier, Jeff Cohen, Claude Lavoix, David Syrus, Yvonne Minton, Eva Marton, Thomas Palmer, Sandrine Piau et Pierre Kuzor.
Feeling very comfortable with the French repertoire and the rediscovery of Comic Opera, she stars as Frasquita in Carmen, Love in Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Aloës in l’Etoile by Chabrier, Clémence in Mireille, Rosita in Un mari à la porte by Offenbach, Siebel in Le Petit Faust by Hervé, Minerve in Pâris ou le bon juge by Terrasse, Paquita in Giroflé Girofla by Lecocq and Bise and Pépé Poussière in la Chouette Enrhumée by G. Condé.
Nevertheless Joanna Malewski has also performed French translations of the leading role of Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart, Mi in Das Land des Lächelns, Nadia in Die lustige Witwe, Musette in la Bohême by Puccini, Lidotchka in Tcheriomouchki by Shostakovitch, Isabella in l’Oie du Caire by Mozart and Papagena in a child-friendly version performed at the Philharmonie de Paris.
She has also performed and is much at ease with the roles of Pamina, First Lady and Papagena in several productions of Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, of Governess in The Turn of the Screw by Britten, Kate in Kiss me Kate by Cole Porter, Nannetta in Falstaff by Verdi, Pepik/ Grasshopper child in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek… On stage, she performs regularly Bach or Telemann cantatas and performed both Phani in les Indes Galantes by Rameau and Belinda in Dido and Æneas by Purcell.
Her curiosity and her desire to thoroughly develop her professional skills led her to study Commedia dell’arte, clowning and puppetry. Joanna Malewski has created with other artists the puppet show Bastien et Bastienne for which they conceived the staging and the puppet manipulation and designed the sets and the puppets themselves!
Very open-minded and passionate about the various arts and their potential interactions, she has become the artistic director of the young Compagnie de l’Éléchant, whose purpose is to democratize access to lyrical art and to encourage synergies between the different types of artistic families. She is also a member of the female vocal ensemble Les Essenti’Elles and of the Stimmung Ensemble.
She has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéras of Marseille, Metz, Limoges, Toulon, Reims, Vichy, Besançon, Montpellier… She has sung under the direction of Christophe Coin, Roland Lemêtre, Christophe Talmont, Sigiswald Kuijken, Martin Gester, Laurent Stewart, Giuliano Carella, Friedrich Player, Laurence Foster, Debora Waldman, Alexandre Piquion, Laurent Cuniot, Patrick Souillot, Dominique Daigremont, Patrick Davin…
Photocredit: Marc Larcher