Adrianne Pieczonka was named an Honorary Director of the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation in 2008 and continues in that capacity with the Art Song Foundation of Canada.
Hailed for her “impeccably pure and iridescent voice” (Financial Times), Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has appeared on leading opera and concert stages in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Adrianne is celebrated equally for her portrayals of the strong and tragic women created by Strauss, Verdi, and Wagner. She has performed to critical acclaim with many of the world’s most renowned opera houses. She has appeared at the Bayreuth Festspiele, Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Opéra de Paris, and in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, London, Milan, Munich, Florence, Tokyo, Valencia, and Bilbao.
Adrianne has also brought her gifts as a consummate concert and recital artist to stages in Europe and North America.
Adrianne’s recordings have garnered Juno Awards (Puccini arias — Orfeo and Beethoven: Ideals of The French Revolution — Analekta) and the 2010 BBC Magazine Disc of the Year & Opera Award (Lohengrin — Hänssler Classics). She can be seen on DVD as Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra from Aix-en-Provence (BelAir Classiques), as Amelia in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Simon Boccanegra, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (TDK), and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (TDK).
Adrianne began her career at the Canadian Opera Company in Lady MacBeth of Mzensk in 1988, returning to that company in 1994 to sing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. In 1989, she joined the Vienna Volksoper and established her home and career in Europe. In 1991, she became a member of the Vienna Staatsoper, where she continues to enjoy great success. After living in London for some time, Adrianne returned in 2005 to live in Toronto, which she continues to make her home.
Adrianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was named a Kammersängerin by the Austrian government. In May 2013, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she received the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. Adrianne holds honorary doctorates from her alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, and from McMaster University. In 2015, she served a jury member for the Hilde Zadek International Voice Competition.