Soprano


     Iwona Socha graduated with distinction from the Vocal and Drama Department at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where she studied solo singing under Professor Jan Ballarin. Additionally, in 2002 she graduated from the Radio and Television Department at the Krzysztof Kieślowski University of Silesia in Katowice. She is a finalist and winner of many national and international vocal competitions.

     In May 2005, as a fifth-year student, she made her debut as Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faustat the Silesian Opera. The performance was  part of the celebrations held on the occasion of the opera house's 60th anniversary which was graced with a guest appearance of  Bogdan Paprocki a famous Polish tenor.

     Her list of repertoires comprises of numerous songs, operatic and oratorio arias, operatic parts as well as recordings for the Polish radio and television. She performed both at home and abroad including: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Spain.

     Iwona Socha has collaborated with such distinguished Maestros as Bassem Akiki, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Łukasz Borowicz, Massimiliano Caldi, Gabriel Chmura, Sławomir Chrzanowski, Krzesimir Dębski, Maciej Figas, Jari Hämäläinen, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Kosek, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Jiří Petrdlík, Vladimir Ponkin, Paweł Przytocki, Jerzy Salwarowski, Ruben Silva, Andrzej Straszyński, Piotr Sułkowski, Tomasz Tokarczyk, Maciej Tworek,Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Józef Wiłkomirski, Eugene Volynsky, Marek Toporowski and famous stage directors including Laco Adamik, Henryk Baranowski, Marta Meszaros, Mariusz Treliński, Waldemar Zawodzinski ,Tomasz Konina and Giorgio Madia.

     She has attended many master classes lead by such prominent opera singers as Izabela Kłosińska, Adam Kruszewski, Ingrid Kremling, Peter Mura, Jadwiga Romańska, Jolanta Żmurko and Teresa Żylis-Gara.  She has collaborated with the majority of Polish philharmonic orchestras as well as with the leading opera centers such Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw, the Grand Theatre in Łódź, the Bytom Silesian Opera, the Warsaw Opera and the Jan Kiepura Mazovian Music Theatre and opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

     Iwona Socha has participated in many music festivals including the 7th International "Operete Kauno Pilyje" Festival in Lithuania, the Bydgoszcz Opera Festival, the International Organ Music Festival in Gliwice, the “Viva il canto” Festival in Cieszyn, the “Bravo Maestro” Festival in Kąśna-Dolna, 52 Musical Festicval in Łańcucie,  18 th International Music Festival im. K.Jamroz in Busko-Zdroj, X Jubilee Festiwal of Known and Unknow Music in Sosnowiec, the European Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica-Zdrój,Festival Viva Canaletto in Warsaw,Festival Voice&Piano in Cracow,Festival Saint Maxim la Sainte Baume in France and the Cracow Opera Summer Festival (held at the Wawel Castle). 

    In 2012 she took part in "The Last Night of the Proms in Cracow" at the Krakow Philharmonic conducted by Gabriel Chmura, sharing the stage with world famous clarinetist Martin Fröst. She also participated in other major stage performances with great opera singers like Mariusz Kwiecień, Robert Gierlach, Bogdan Paprocki, Małgorzata Walewska.

    Winner of the Theatrical Music Awards, named after Jan Kiepur in the category of Best Opera Singer for 2013.

As of 2012 Iwona is a pernament soprano at the Cracow Opera.