I had the good fortune of working with Miss Woynarski on a project that I cast her in, on the basis of a recording via email. Normally, when casting an opera production, one stages a round of live auditions. However, in the case of Miss Woynarski, I was so struck by the size and beauty of her instrument, that I cast her immediately and offered her a professional contract based on the cyber audition alone. Miss Woynarski is physically attractive, musical, and has an engaging stage presence. These are a mere adjunct to Miss Woynarski’s vocal attributes, which are uncommon. Her voice is large, rich in color and timbre, and while she is still a young singer in her twenties, my ears indicate that hers is a rare instrument which will feel most at home eventually, in the mezzo roles of Verdi and the later romantics.
— Darcia Parada, Artistic Director, Mercury Opera, 2013
Alicia Woynarski graduated in May 2008 from the University of British Columbia with a Masters Degree in Voice Performance. A good student, she is intelligent, hard working and is focused in her approach to her work. She is a singer with an ebullient personality and possesses a beautiful, warm mezzo-soprano voice that has a sensuous low register and an easy ringing top. She has an accomplished facility in coloratura and her singing is warmly expressive and passionate, revealing an innate musicality.
In addition, she has an attractive stage presence and is a good actress and performer. During her studies, Alicia was featured in various concerts and performances at UBC, including excerpts of “Carmen” at the David Spencer Concert at the Chan centre as well as the role of Tessa in a full production of “The Gondoliers”. Subsequently, she was invited to sing the third Lady and Berta in “Die Zauberflöte” and “Il barbiere di Siviglia” respectively on the summer tour of the UBC’s Opera department to Teplice in the Czech Republic. In the spring of 2007, Alicia was the winner of the prestigious scholarship of the Vancouver Women’s Music Society, which included a featured recital in April 2008. The recital was excellently prepared, beautifully sung and professionally presented and executed. She is now successfully combining a career in opera and concert with teaching.
— Roelof Oostwoud, Associate Professor for Voice and Music, University of British Columbia, August 14, 2012
I had the privilege of writing a song cycle for Alicia while she was a student at the University of Western Ontario. She learned it with enthusiasm, and performed it extremely well. Alicia has a wonderful voice, and is a pleasure to work with. I recommend her highly to any and all.
— Jeff Smallman, December 13, 2010
Alicia is a gifted Mezzo Soprano/Alto who is stunning Regina audiences at her recitals and concerts. She is a dedicated teacher at the Conservatory where her studio is growing larger all the time. I am delighted to have Alicia on the Vocal Staff at the Conservatory.
— Wilma Wessel, Head of Voice, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Regina, December 10, 2010
Alicia Woynarski is a fine singer and teacher! She has excellent stage, vocal and language skills. I certainly endorse her as an excellent singer and vocal pedagogue.
— Theodore Baerg, Professor, University of Western Ontario, December 9, 2010