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 amassed a wide and varied repertoire over past seasons, including principal roles by Richard Strauss, Verdi and Wagner, Aga has enjoyed operatic success throughout Europe and the USA.
Highlights of an extensive career include debuts at Opéra national de Paris and Teatro alla Scala (Die Zauberflöte), Staatsoper unter den Linden and Semperoper Dresden (Don Giovanni), at Glyndebourne Festival (Cosí fan tutte) and at Opera de Monte Carlo (Falstaff). Further notable appearances include role debuts as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) in Dmitri Tcherniakov's production at the Bolshoi Theatre, and as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for Semperoper Dresden, Eva (Die Meistersinger) at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Freia (Das Rheingold), and Micaela (Carmen) at Bayerische Staatsoper. As Donna Elvira, Aga Mikolaj has performed at the Walt Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, on tour to Japan with Wiener Staatsoper under Seiji Ozawa, at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon, and as part of Daniel Barenboim’s triumphant Ring Cycles, she has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Berliner Staatsoper and at London’s BBC Proms.
A sought after concert artist, Aga Mikolaj has a diverse repertoire including Mahler, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Verdi, Penderecki and Szymanowski. Verdi’s Messa da Requiem has featured strongly in recent seasons after a debut in the piece under Mariss Jansons at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and thereafter in Berlin, Barcelona, Warsaw, Paris, and Boston. Other calling cards include Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and Strauss’ Vier letzte lieder for which Aga remains in international demand.
In the upcoming season highlights include Vier letzte lieder with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor, Messa da Requiem with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and Missa Solemnis with the Lausanne Chamber Choir under John Nelson. Aga also adds the War Requiem to her extensive repertoire with the Philharmonisches Orchester Vorpommern under Florian Csizmadia.