Dominika Zamara
Festival Guest Artist (Poland)

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Soprano Dominika Zamara was born 11 August 1981 in Wroclaw. In 2007 she gained an honours degree at Karol Lipinski Musical Academy in Wroclaw (vocal faculty). Her teacher was Barbara Ewa Werner. During a one year scholarship at the Italian Musical Conservatory in Verona she received vocal coaching from such masters of bel-canto as Bruno Pola, Alida Ferrarini, Enrico De Mori, Mario Melani and Alessandra Althoff- Pugliese.

Dominika has worked with numerous artistic organisations in Europe and the United States. In 2008 she toured France with outstanding French organist Fabrice Pitrois, and sang at the National Theatre in Montenegro (in the former Yugoslavia) in the presence of the country’s President. The concert was broadcast.

In 2009 she gave her Italian debut in Padua as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, and as Giorgietta and a lover in the same composer’s II Tabarro. She gave numerous orchestral performances under the direction of Italian Maestro Enrico De Mori (also conductor at Teatro alla Scala). The following year she gave recitals in Vienna with the pianist Cezary Kwapisz, and performed Italian bel-canto arias and songs by Polish romantic composers. In addition Dominika performed in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Laudate Pueri throughout most of Italy accompanied by an orchestra under the direction of Maestro Paolo Fumei.

2011 saw Dominika taking the main part in the world premiere of the opera Tramonto Coronaro under the direction of Maestro Stefano Carlini at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. Dominika also gave concerts, recitals and operas in several European countries, such as Spain, Las Palmas, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and France, and performed the role of Silvia in Mascagni’s opera Zanetto. Her debut in the United States came the following year at the Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles with the composer/conductor Maria Newman and the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. Concerts followed in Malibu, New York and in Arkansas with and orchestra under the management of Maestro Thomas Chun-Yu-Chen. These concerts formed part of the Festival of Classical Music.

Back in Italy, Dominika performed in Rome at Teatro Orione in 2013. This concert was televised. Concerts of church music with Maestro VincevTempera followed at the Basilica Padre Pio in Pietrelcina. During the Award Gala in Vienna she received the Golden Owl (the equivalent the Polish Community Oscar) for classical music. Her debut in the role of Rosina in Rossini’s II Barbiere di Siviglia took place the same year.

A notable innovation in 2013 was her tour in the United States with the classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz, visiting New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Princeton and Baltimore, and performing opera arias and contemporary music - both with guitar accompaniment.

In Dallas, Texas, she sang Puccini arias of as part of the CICA Music Festival. Shortly afterwards she gave her debut in the highly prestigious Avery Fischer Concert Hall in New York, an event compèred by the distinguished American actor Kevin Spacey. On her return to Italy, Dominika performed the main roles from Pergolesi’s opera La Serva Padrona in several Italian opera houses under the baton of Maestro Claudio Colmanet. The same year, in Marcone, Dominika received the international Padre Pio Award.

Another milestone in contemporary music was achieved in 2014 when Dominika sang the main role in the contemporary opera Vincenzo Faggiano La Serva di Padova at the Teatro Verdi in Padua. In the same year she participated in a DVD recording for Italian Television Cremona of Vivaldi’s Laudate Pueri and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with conductor Maestro Paolo Fumei. The success of this DVD led to Dominika receiving an A.N.L.A.I Stradivari Award in Cremona.

During the Festival Of The Classical Music Evmelia in Greece Dominika performed with accompanist Ramzi Shomali. Subsequently she performed in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in several Italian churches with the orchestra La Certosa.

On a return trip to the USA, Dominika sang in New Jersey with a Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert W. Butts. In this concert a special guest was the Vatican-based composer Monsignor Marco Frisina.

Dominika’s Mexican debut took place in 2014 with the pianist Alejandro Barranon in the Manuel Ponce auditorium, the most celebrated concert hall in Latin America. In 2015, the year of this recording, Dominika took the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona conducted by Maestro Robert Butts at the Pontificio Istututo di Musica Sacra in Rome.

Besides her busy performing career, Dominika has worked as the Associate Professor of Voice at the Italian Accademia La Certosa, and has recorded two CDs for Edit Music Italy.

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