A former member of Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper, Aga Mikolaj studied with the late Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and built her reputation on Mozart’s leading ladies. Having now amassed a wide and varied repertoire including principal roles by Richard Strauss, Verdi and Wagner, she has gone on to enjoy operatic success throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.
Highlights of an extensive career include debuts at Opéra national de Paris and Teatro alla Scala (Die Zauberflöte), Staatsoper unter den Linden, Semperoper Dresden (Don Giovanni), at Glyndebourne Festival (Cosí fan tutte) and at Opera de Monte Carlo (Falstaff). Further notable appearances have included a role debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production at the Bolshoi Theatre, Eva (Die
Meistersinger) at the Aalto Theater in Essen and Freia (Das Rheingold) at the Bayerische Staatsoper. She has also sung Donna Elvira with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and on tour with the Wiener Staatsoper in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. In 2013, Aga Mikolaj appeared as part of Daniel Barenboim’s triumphant Ring Cycle at Teatro alla Scala, Berliner Staatsoper and as part of London’s BBC Proms.
A consummate concert artist, Aga Mikolaj has performed on both sides of the Atlantic in works by composers such as Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Verdi, Penderecki and Szymanowski. This season she returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Requiem under Markus Stenz, and to The Hague with the Residentie Orkest for Vier letzte lieder conducted by James Feddeck. Elsewhere Mikolaj sings Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai under James Conlon, Missa Solemnis under Gianluigi Gelmetti with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Wesendonck Lieder with Orchestre National de Lyon under Andris Poga.
On stage, Aga Mikolaj returns to the New National Theatre Tokyo as Contessa in Andreas Homoki’s production of Le nozze di Figaro under Constantin Trinks.