Polish opera director awarded at Venice festival

Director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (WOK), Alicja Węgorzewska, received the Women in Cinema Award (WiCA) at the 77th Venice International Film Festival on Tuesday.

According to Małgorzata Ciszkowska-Nadolny from WOK, WiCA was awarded to Węgorzewska for her artistic activity, the production of opera films, and for her commitment to supporting the talent of young artists in difficult situations.

The Women in Cinema Award is given primarily to women who strengthen the image of women in the artistic environment and in society.

Besides being in charge of the WOK, Ms Węgorzewska is a renown Polish opera mezzo-soprano singer, as well as an artist, producer, PhD in musical arts, film director and the head of the StartSmart Foundation. The opera singer is also a holder of the Maria Callas Tribute Prize NY awarded in 2019.

Breeches roles, in which a woman plays the role of a man, have become her trademark on the theatre scene. In the world of music, she has made an appearance with icons of hip-hop such as Snoop Dogg, Kurtis Blow and Curtis Young, with whom she collaborated on an anthem to children with autism.