Polish-born opera singer who is now considered one of the top European soloists. He has performed at: the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Royal Theatre Dublin, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Opera Praska, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra National de Lyon, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Bolshoi Theatre.
He is the only Polish artist to have sung at Milan’s La Scala as many as 36 times. His rich perpertoire includes leading bass roles in: Verdi’s Macbeth, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, The Golden Cockerel, and May Night; Verdi’s Don Carlos, Simon Boccanegra, and The Two Foscari, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov; Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Cherevichki, and Eugene Onegin; Prokofiev’s The Gambler; Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
On the stage of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera he created such roles as Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, Dikój in Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, Zaccaria in Verdi’s Nabucco, and Ramfis in Aida.
He performed alongside such world-famous singers as: Elena Obraztsova Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kurt Rydl, Paolo Gavanelli, Dagmar Schellenberger, Daniela Dessi, Giovanni Bartolini, and under such conductors as: Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Barenboim, Kazushi Ono, Alexander Anisimov.
He was twice presented with a Złota Maska (Golden Mask), a Marshal of the Silesia Province award, for the role of de Silva in Verdi’s Ernani and Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust.
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