Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka returns to the COC as Prima Donna/Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos after appearing as Leonore in Fidelio, Elisabeth in Don Carlos, Sieglinde in Die Walküre (for which she won a Dora Award) and the Inaugural Gala Concert for the FSCPA*. She made her COC debut as Mimì in 1994. Ms Pieczonka performs regularly with the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Teatro Liceu, Los Angeles Opera, and at the Salzburg and Bayreuth festivals. She made her triumphant debut as Tosca in Los Angeles in 2008, reprising this role in San Francisco and Europe and will also perform the role with the COC next season. Ms Pieczonka’s most recent CD is the Juno award-winning recording of Puccini’s most well loved arias from Tosca, La Bohème,Madama Butterfly, and Manon Lescaut, among others. Her recording as Elsa in Lohengrin (Hännsler Classic), conducted by Semyon Bychkov, was named Disc of the Year and received the Opera Award at the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2007 was named Kammersängerin by the Austrian government.
*FSCPA – Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts