Interview with Coloratura Katarzyna Dondalska
Coloratura Katarzyna Dondalska has sung throughout Europe and North America, with concert repertoire, oratorio, and opera roles including Queen of the Night, Konstanze, Zerbinetta, and Olympia.
What do you get out of doing a concert series like Salute to Vienna?
It's always a great musical experience. To get in touch with such a great and delighted audience is almost like returning "home."
How do you spend your time when you aren’t working?
By spending time with my family. Sometimes I can connect work with family time when I have the opportunity of performing together with my husband, with our little daughter in the audience.
What’s your favorite city to work in? What about that city is so special?
Let me say I don't have a favorite city, it's more likely a "favorite stage." For example, in my hometown of Berlin, the Berliner Philharmonie is my favorite for its unequaled, unique acoustics.
What’s next in your career?
I am recording a new CD and have some concerts in Berlin with the philharmonic, a televised music performance in Poland, and, of course, Salute to Vienna!
Who is your favorite person to travel with?
My husband; I wish I could travel more often with him.
How many years have you performed in Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concerts?
What is your favorite musical composition?
“Vokalise” by Stefan Johannes Walter and “Helena's Song” by Krzesimir Dębski
What languages do you speak?
Polish, German, Russian, and English
What is your favorite journey?
Right now? Journeying to this year's Salute to Vienna concerts.
What are you reading right now?
Lyrics for the next concert.
What is your favorite thing to eat?
Dogs or cats?
Child and husband ;-).
Images: (top) courtesy of Ms. Dondalska, (bottom) by Barry Roden