Jolanta Kudra is a Polish-Australian soprano originally from the Riverland region in country South Australia. She recently completed her Masters in Music Studies under the tutelage of Dr Margaret Schindler at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in December 2022. She has performed, in scenes, the roles of Frasquita (Carmen), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and 1st Witch (Dido and Aeneas).
In 2019, Jolanta was an artist with State Opera South Australia Winter School where she performed the role of White Rabbit in Wesley-Smith’s opera Boojum! and was awarded the Friends of State Opera Scholarship. That same year, she performed as Sara in Andrée Greenwell’s workshop for the new chamber opera Three Marys in collaboration with QPAC and Opera Queensland. Jolanta was a 2021 artist with the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Program. Other highlights include performing as Celia in Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Iolanthe at the Conservatorium in September 2022 under the direction of Stuart Maunder, and performing as the soprano soloist with the Young Conservatorium Wind Orchestra in the Winds of Change concert in May 2022. Jolanta also holds a Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church Choral Scholarship in collaboration with Musica Viva Australia where she has been performing sacred works for four years in the weekly worship services.
In 2022, Jolanta was awarded the Linda Edith Allen Postgraduate Award for a female singer at the Queensland Conservatorium. This year, she will be performing with the State Opera South Australia chorus in their production of Pirates of Penzance as part of the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Adelaide during May. In her spare time, Jolanta enjoys reading fiction novels, particularly historical fiction, cooking and writing poetry and creative short stories.