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Piotr Beczała

Piotr Beczała is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time and a constant guest in the world’s leading opera houses. The Polish-born artist is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike not only for the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays.

Biography:

Piotr Beczala is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time and a constant guest at the world’s leading opera houses. The Polish-born artist is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike not only for the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays.

Piotr Beczala begins and ends the 2018-19 season with new productions at Spain’s leading opera houses, a production of Gounod’s Faust at Teatro Real Madrid and a production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Liceu Barcelona. Beczala returns to the Metropolitan Opera New York for a new production of Adriana Lecouvreur opening on New Year’s Eve and makes his role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca in Vienna. Zurich audiences can hear him in a new production of Massenet’s Manon. Piotr Beczala is equally busy on the concert stage, with solo concerts and recitals amongst others at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, the Liceu Barcelona, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, in Geneva and Dublin. Additionally, he joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti for performances of Verdi’s Requiem and returns to Bayreuth in the summer of 2019 to reprise his sensational Lohengrin from the previous year.

Since his debut as Duca in Rigoletto in 2006, Piotr Beczala is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Here he has appeared in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opposite Anna Netrebko, the Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo (La Bohème), as well as in the title roles of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Faust. In 2011, he accompanied the MET on a tour to Japan, singing Rodolfo and Edgardo. In 2012, he made his role debut as Chevalier des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Manon, alongside Anna Netrebko as the eponymous heroine, conducted by Fabio Luisi. The production was part of the “HD live” series by the MET and was broadcast live in cinemas throughout the US and over 50 countries world-wide.  It was released on DVD, as was his interpretation of the Duke in a new production of Rigoletto, alongside Diana Damrau in January 2013, for which he received the ECHO Klassik Award "Singer of the Year" in 2014. Piotr Beczala appears at the Metropolitan Opera in every season. Most recently in 2018, Met audiences saw him make his role debut as Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller alongside Sonya Yoncheva and Placido Domingo.

Having made his role debut as Lohengrin at the Semperoper Dresden 2016, Piotr Beczala sensationally took over the new production of the same title at the 2018 Bayreuth festival. Both productions were conducted by Christian Thielemann.

Piotr Beczala made his debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 2006 singing Duca in Rigoletto, returning later as Rodolfo in La Bohème. The tenor opened Scala season for the first time in 2013, singing Alfredo in a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata. Piotr Beczala also regularly sings at the State Operas in Munich and Vienna. On the stage of the National Theatre in Munich, he has interpreted the Prince, Alfredo, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, the title role of Massenet’s Werther and Riccardo in a new production of Un ballo in maschera conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Vienna, he performed Roméo in Jürgen Flimm’s production of Roméo et Juliette, under the baton of Plácido Domingo, and countless other roles including Alfredo, Faust, Edgardo and Rodolfo. In 2017/18, Viennese audience celebrated two role debuts, Maurizio in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and Don José in Carmen. Following his debut at Barcelona’s  Gran Teatro del Liceu as Faust  in 2012, he has since returned for productions of Werther  and Un ballo in maschera. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London he made his debut in Der Rosenkavalier and since returned singing in Faust, Rigoletto, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata and Verdi’s Requiem. His US debut saw Piotr Beczala perform as Lensky at the San Francisco Opera, followed by Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Rodolfo in La Bohème. He made his debut with Chicago Lyric Opera as Edgardo in a production of Lucia di Lammermoor and returned for a celebrated solo recital. Piotr Beczala has sung guest performances at the Nederlandse Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie/de Munt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatr Wielki (Warsaw), and the Mariinsky Theatre, amongst many others. 

Piotr Beczala is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival. Since his debut as Tamino in 1997, he has sung the cantata Rinaldo by Johannes Brahms under the baton of Sir Elliott Gardiner at the Whitsun Festival as well as Prince in Rusalka, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the title role in Gounod´s Faust and Rodolfo in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of La Bohème opposite Anna Netrebko during the Summer Festival. This production was broadcasted on TV and released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. Piotr Beczala also sang with Anna Netrebko in concert performances of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in 2011. In 2013, he was heard in Verdi’s Requiem with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Riccardo Muti conducting. In 2016, he starred in the title role of a new production of Gounod’s Faust.

In addition to his operatic work, he has sung many of the great choral and orchestral vocal works with the world’s most distinguished orchestras and maestri. Celebrating his 20th stage anniversary, Piotr Beczala gave a concert at Theatre Wielki in Warsaw in 2012. Also in 2012, he sang the New Year’s Eve concerts at the Semperoper Dresden for the second consecutive year. The concerts, which were led by Christian Thielemann, were broadcast on TV and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. In 2014, he joined a spectacular group of colleagues for Le Concert de Paris, an annual concert event and celebration at the Eiffel Tower with an estimated live audience of more than half a million people. 

Piotr Beczala was born in Czechowice-Dziedzice in Southern Poland and received his initial vocal training at the Katowice Academy of Music, where he was given instruction by such illustrious singers as Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac. His first engagement was at the Landestheater Linz and in 1997 he became a company member of the Zürich Opera. The Zurich audience could hear him as Alfredo in La traviata, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role of Faust, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Elvino in La Sonnambula, and also as the soloist in orchestral songs by Richard Strauss, Riccardo in Un Ballo in maschera as well as Rodolfo in La Bohème.

Piotr Beczala’s is represented on dozens of CDs in a vast array of works, ranging from staples of the repertory, including Faust live from Vienna (Orfeo) and La Traviata from Munich (Farao), which was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award, to such rarely-heard works as Szymanowski’s Król Roger and Offenbach’s Rheinnixen (Accord) and Johann Strauss II’s Simplicius (EMI).  In addition, Piotr Beczala sings on a recording of Lucia di Lammermoor with Natalie Dessay in the title role and Valery Gergiev leading the Mariinsky Opera on the Company’s own label.

Three solo aria CDs have been released on the Orfeo label, including “Salut”, featuring French and Italian arias (2008), and“Slavic Opera Arias”, with repertoire by Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Moniuszko, Źeleński, Nowowiejski, Smetana and Dvořák.  Opera News named the recording it #1 on its list of 2011’s “Twelve Best Recital Discs” and it received Classica’s coveted “Choc de l’année 2011”. In 2013, a Verdi album was released. On Deutsche Grammophon, Piotr Beczala released an album of music written for Richard Tauber and an album featuring French repertoire, called “The French Collection” in 2015, as well as a DVD of the 2016 Lohengrin.

His DVD releases include a series of performances from the Zurich Opera including: Rigoletto, La Traviata, Die lustige Witwe, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte and Simplicius (all on Arthaus), as well as Don Giovanni (EMI). Also available are Der Rosenkavalier (TDK) from Salzburg, Don Giovanni (Decca), Rusalka alongside Renée Fleming (Decca) and Lucia di Lammermoor from the MET (DG). Other recent DVD releases include the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Christian Thielemann leading the Wiener Philharmoniker (Unitel/C Major) and the Farewell Concert for the Wiener Staatsoper’s long standing Intendant, Ioan Holender (DG), among many others.