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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. In addition to his operatic work, he has sung many of the great vocal works with the world’s most distinguished orchestras and maestri.

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  • 24.10.2016 - Piotr Beczala “defines the meaning of bel canto” in triumphant Lucia at Lyric Opera

  • Piotr Beczala’s return to Lyric Opera of Chicago in the company’s Lucia di Lammermoor was met with tremendous acclaim. Described as “the world’s leading Edgardo” by the Chicago TribunePiotr was hailed for an “overdue return” to the company, “sending frissons of pleasure through the theater with his ardent performance…today’s gold standard in this repertory.”

    The Tribune added of Piotr’s final scene in Donizetti’s Scottish tragedy, “Not since Luciano Pavarotti have I heard this aria, ‘Fra poco a me ricovero,’ better sung. The house went wild at the end, and no wonder. Beczala defines the meaning of bel canto — beautiful singing.”

    Chicago Classical Review also held praise for Piotr’s return to the Lyric stage following his “commanding” debut in 2009. “But the vocal artistry and searing intensity he brought to Lucia’s secret lover were on another level altogether. The Polish tenor sang with a strong yet supple tenor and was consistently credible dramatically, even in the most ludicrous scenarios.

    “There was no sense of anticlimax in the final scene as Beczała delivered a virtual seminar in bel canto style in ‘Fra poco a me ricovero’ and ‘Tu che a Dio,’” the Review also noted, describing Piotr’s final arias as “elegant of tone, heroic in manner and conveying Edgardo’s doomed love for Lucia and emotional desperation with simply gorgeous singing. Wow.”

    “In Donizetti’s time, Lucia was widely considered a vehicle for the leading man, given that Donizetti tailored the role of Edgardo to show off the strengths of the legendary French tenor Gilbert Duprez (1806–96). It is difficult to imagine that Duprez had anything over Lyric’s Edgardo, the excellent Piotr Beczala,” wrote Opera News. “Beczala delivered the most beautifully sung account of this role heard at Lyric in memory. His voice gleamed like a laser above the staff, and he evidenced an affecting Italianate sob in the timbre. Beczala’s ‘Fra poco a me ricovero’ won the loudest ovation of the evening.”

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