Sylvia Szadovszki

Sylvia Szadovszki, Mezzo-soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Rosina in The Barber of Seville

February, 2016

As a participant in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2012 Resident Artist Program, Sylvia made her POV debut – and her Canadian opera debut – as Mercédès in Carmen. During her time as one of the company's Emerging Artists she performed in various concerts on Vancouver Island, including a gala concert with the Victoria Symphony.

Sylvia returns to POV in 2016 as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Ms Szadovszki has previously sung the role with Edmonton Opera (2014) and in 2012 when she made her German debut in Theater Hof's production of the opera.

Sylvia Szadovszki has been described as having a smooth mezzo (John Jane) with virtuosic coloratura (Olaf Zenner). The Hungarian-Canadian singer’s 2015/2016 season began with a World Première of Matthew Aucoin's new opera Second Nature with Lyric Unlimited & Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she sang the role of Lydia. Sylvia also made her debut with Skagit Opera as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.

During the 2014/2015 season, Sylvia made her debut with Edmonton Opera as Rosina in The Barber of Seville, sang Mercédès with New York Opera Exchange and performed in concerts with Early Music Vancouver and renowned early music specialist, soprano Ellen Hargis. She also performed as a guest artist at The Sugar Soirée, a fundraiser held at the City Winery in New York for Congenital Hyperinsulinism International.

Sylvia's 2013/2014 season included the role of Nancy in Vancouver Opera’s production of Albert Herring, the Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Alto Soloist in Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s Spring Fantasy Concert, and a recital with Maestro Leslie Dala and soprano Rachel Fenlon at Vancouver Opera.

Ms Szadovszki was a member of the inaugural year of Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program. During the 2012/2013 season she sang Papagena in The Magic Flute and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. Sylvia understudied the roles of Second Lady (The Magic Flute) and Lu/Shadow/Ritualist (Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul) and performed in numerous concerts showcasing the Young Artists in the greater Vancouver area. Ms Szadovszki also had the unique opportunity to work with composer Don MacDonald and perform an excerpt from his piece Khaos during the Opera America Conference in 2013. Later that year, Sylvia was invited to sing as a soloist for Pacific Opera Victoria and Victoria Symphony’s Printemps à Paris gala.

She was thrilled to begin her professional career touring with Vancouver Opera In Schools’ Hansel and Gretel, singing the role of Hansel in almost 50 performances across British Columbia in 2011.

Sylvia was a Northwest Region Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in both 2011 and 2012. She was selected as a Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Laureate by Théâtre Lyrichorégra 20 in 2011. Sylvia has received grants and awards from the Vancouver Opera Guild, the Vancouver Opera Foundation and the University of British Columbia.

Ms Szadovszki holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music (2006), a Master of Music degree (2009) and a Diploma of Music and Performance Studies (2011) from the University of British Columbia. Sylvia currently resides in New York City and studies with Margaret Lattimore.


Szadovszki, here making her EO debut, had a confident stage presence and the vocal technique for the bel canto coloratura effervescence.
Opera Canada, Review of The Barber of Sevilleat Edmonton Opera, October, 2014

Sylvia Szadovszki (Rosina) was pleasing with her young voice, which has a bright timbre and fine vibrato. Her virtuosic coloratura is not only chipper, it gives Rosina's flirtatious character expression.
[Sylvia Szadovszki (Rosina) erfreut mit ihrer jungen Stimme, die ein helles Timbre mit feinem Vibrato besitzt. Ihre virtuosen Koloraturen sind nicht nur Zwitscherwerk, sondern verleihen Rosinas kokettem Charakter Ausdruck] Review of Theater Hof's Der Barbier von Sevilla


Below, Sylvia Szadovszki sings Cherubino's aria Voi che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro.


January, 2016