The Polish soprano Aga Mikolaj studied in Poznan and Vienna. She has followed master-classes with Renata Scotto and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, which were of special influence in her artistic development.
At the start of her career, she won several awards, including the Handel Prize in ’s-Hertogenbosch and the Verdi award (Alfredo Kraus prize) in Las Palmas. Between 1995 and 2000, she was a member of the ensemble at the Poznan theatre. Subsequently, she accepted a position at the Bavarian State Opera, where she worked with prominent conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Ivor Bolton, Adam Fischer, Harry Bicket, and Philippe Jordan. Her roles there included Donna Elvira, Marcellina, Pamina, and Eurydice.
Mikolaj has performed at the Opéra National de Paris, the Aalto Theatre in Essen, the Vienna Volksoper, and the Prague National Opera. She toured Japan with the Vienna State Opera, singing the role of Donna Elvira under conductor Seiji Ozawa. In 2006-2007, she made her début as Fiordiligi at Glyndebourne and sang the role of Ännchen for the first time at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: furthermore, she sang Donna Elvira at the Opéra de Monte Carlo and the New National Theatre Tokyo. Her concert repertoire includes Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Te Deum, and Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat mater.