After her successful American debut as Aglaonice in Philip Glass' Orphée at the Virginia Opera Company, young Polish mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk came to the attention of European audiences and the press when she stepped in the role of Smeton in Anna Bolena at Oper Köln. Critics praised her for having “the most promising voice with spectacular high notes” (ResMusica) and for her “remarkableItalianitá” (Der nueu Merker ). During past two seasons, while still a member of the Oper Köln Opera Studio, she was featured in several leading roles, including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Oberto in Alcina and Gianetta in the new production of L’elisir d’Amore. Her Gianetta drew the attention of the critics, who praised her strong acting and singing. This season, as an ensemble member of the Oper Köln she will perform, among others, the roles of Mercédès in Carmen, Second Lady in the Magic Flute and Laura in Tschaikovsky’s Jolantha. Current season brings also exciting concert engagements. In October 2014 Mrs Wryk will make her Kölner Philharmonie debut, in the Gürzenich Orchestra chamber music concert, performing songs of Shostakovich and Villa Lobos. In June she will appear in Düsseldorf Tonhalle and Gent Muziekcentrum, performing Luciano Berio’s Recital for Cathy with prestigious Notabu-Ensemble.
The busy 2011-2012 season took her to the Republic of Trindad and Tobago, where she performed L’enfant inL’enfant et Les Sortilièges. She also covered the roles of Mother and the Witch in Hänsel and Gretel and Katisha in The Mikado at Virginia Opera as well as the title role in Carmen at Lyric Opera Virginia.
Equally at home on the recital stage, Marta Wryk performed in Symphony Space in New York with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and in Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the pianist Kevin Kenner and the cellist William De Rosa. She has appeared in the Music at the White Hall concert series at the invitation of the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań, Poland, and has performed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at the invitation of Dr. James Watson, the Nobel Prize laureate. Other important concert appearances include the Caramoor Music Festival, the Chopin Foundation of the United States and the Kosciuszko Foundation. In Europe she has appeared at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in Germany, the University Hall in Poznan, the International Festival Art-Connection in Rotterdam and at the Chopin Konfrontacje Festival in Antonin.
Ms. Wryk received prizes from the Career Bridges Competition and the Marcella Sembrich Voice Competition. She also won first prize at the International Voice Competition in Gorizia, Italy. In July 2014 she was named a semi-finalist of the 33rd International Hans Gabore Belvedere Singing Competition.
She received scholarship awards from Manhattan School of Music and Leszek and Jolanta Czarencki’s Foundation. She took part in masterclasses of the following singers: Tom Krause, Helena Łazarska, Helen Donath, Stephanie Blythe, Charles Kellis. She studied voice at F.Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Manhattan School of Music in New York. Her voice teachers include Charles Kellis, Maitland Peters and Marlena Malas.