Voice and Drama Faculty

History and activity

Heads of the Department:
†Andrzej Hiolski, † Prof. Krzysztof Missona, Prof. Helena Łazarska, Prof. Wojciech Jan Śmietana, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, Prof. Agnieszka Monasterska

Deans of the Voice and Drama Faculty:
† Prof. Stanisława Hoffmanowa, Prof. Helena Szubert-Słysz (7 tenures), Dr Izabella Jasińska-Buszewicz, Prof. Andrzej Buszewicz, Senior lecturer Maria Rydzewska, and at present – Prof. Adam Korzeniowski

Teachers affiliated with the Department:
† Włodzimierz Kaczmar, †Anna Kaczmar, †Bronisław Romaniszyn, †Zofia Stachurska, †Stanisława Argasińska, Barbara Walczyńska, Helena Łazarska, Jadwiga Romańska, Henryka Januszewska, Barbara Niewiadomska, Wojciech Jan Śmietana, Daniel Kaleta, †Franciszek Delekta, †Adam Szybowski, Christian Elssner, Zdzisława Donat, Bogusław Szynalski, Semen Szkurhan, Zofia Kilanowicz.

In 1985 Prof. Helena Łazarska, the Head of the Department at that time, has founded Ada Sari International Voice Competition in Nowy Sącz. For 24 years she has also been its Artistic Director. Nowadays the Competition is among the most prestigious ones in Europe. For many years the Department cooperates with the Kraków Opera House, preparing and giving many performances featuring the Academy’s students, among others: Carmen by G. Bizet, Der Freischütz by C.M. von Weber, The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, Die Verschworenen by F. Schubert, Orfeo ed Euridice by Ch.W. Gluck. Over the last 20 years numerous masterclasses took place. Among the invited teachers were: Leopold Spitzer, Margit Fussi, Helena Łazarska, Teresa Żylis-Gara, and Paul Esswood.

Specificity of the Voice Department

Voice studies propose a multilayer development to the young musicians. The vocal technique and the artistic personality creation are at the first place. Didactic program covers all the historical periods and musical genres. Important part of the subjects are: poetry, prose, recitation, and stage movement. During the 5-years curriculum students participate also in the group courses: vocal ensembles (a capella, lied, and oratorio) and opera ensembles (part and full operas’ performances). Performance practice plays an important role. Students take part in numerous concerts and auditions organized by the Academy. Internationally acclaimed singers are invited yearly to lead the masterclasses and conferences. The teachers shape the musical abilities of each individual student and prepare the students for an independent artistic career.