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Piotr Beczala

  • Tenor

Biography

Piotr Beczala has been performing with the following theatres: De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Théâtre Royal La Monnaie in Brussels, Opéra National de Paris, Bilbao Opera, Cologne Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Megaron in Athens, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London and the San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and Metropolitan Opera New York.


Furthermore guest appearances led him regularly to the most important international festivals: Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival Weeks, Vienna Klangbogen Festival, Styriarte Graz, Bad Kissingen Festival, Zurich Festival, Lucerne Festival, Montpellier Festival, Festival de Saint Denis, a. o. Concert engagements made him appear at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Munich Philharmonic Hall, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the KKL Lucerne, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Moscow Tchaikovsky-Conservatory and at the Severance Hall in Cleveland.


Piotr Beczala's stage repertoire consists mostly of the lyric tenor roles of the canonic operatic repertoire: Alfredo ("La Traviata"/Verdi), Duca di Mantova ("Rigoletto"/Verdi), Riccardo ("Un ballo in maschera"/Verdi), Edgardo ("Lucia di Lammermoor"/Donizetti), Rodolfo ("La Bohème"/Puccini), "Werther" (Massenet), "Faust" (Gounod), Prince ("Rusalka"/Dvorák), Lensky ("Eugene Onegin"/Tchaikovsky), Vaudémont ("Iolanta"/ Tchaikovsky), Jenik ("The Bartered Bride"/Smetana), Shepard ("Krol Roger"/Szymanowski), Tamino ("The Magic Flute"/Mozart), Don Ottavio ("Don Giovanni"/Mozart), Orombello ("Beatrice di Tenda"/Bellini), Italian Singer ("Der Rosenkavalier"/R. Strauss) and Camille de Rosillon ("The Merry Widow"/Lehár). Upcoming new challenges include title-roles in "Roméo et Juliette" (Gounod) and "Les contes d'Hoffmann" (Offenbach) as well as Des Grieux in "Manon" (Massenet) a. o.


Born in Southern Poland Piotr Beczala received his first vocal education in Kattowice. Among his vocal teachers one will find names like Jan Ballarin, Pavel Lisizian, Sena Jurinac and Dale Fundling. After his first engagement at the Landestheater Linz (Austria) he switched to the Zurich Opera in 1997 where he sang - besides the already mentioned parts - numerous further roles: Tristan ("Le Vin Herbé"/Martin), Steva ("Jen?fa"/Janá?ek), Synodal ("The Demon"/Rubinstein), Walther von der Vogelweide ("Tannhäuser"/Wagner), Arnim von Grübben ("Simplicius"/Joh. Strauß), Matteo ("Arabella"/R. Strauss), Elvino ("La Sonnambula"/Bellini) and Belmonte ("The Abduction from the Seraglio"/Mozart).


After being a permanent member of the Zurich Opera for some years Piotr Beczala remained closely associated to this company. His wide concert repertoire ranges from Mozart's, Cherubini's and Schubert's sacred music, Haydn's oratorios, Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis", Schumann's "Paradies und die Peri", Rossini's "Stabat Mater" and "Petite Messe Solennelle", Berlioz’s "Roméo et Juliette" and "Requiem", Bruckner's "Te Deum", Dvorák's "Stabat Mater" and "Requiem" and Brahms's "Rinaldo" to Verdi's "Messa da Requiem" as well as Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" and "Das klagende Lied". In concert and opera Piotr Beczala has worked closely with numerous renown conductors: Gerd Albrecht, Marco Armiliato, Jirí Belohlávek, Maurizio Benini, Bertrand de Billy, Michael Boder, Ivor Bolton, Richard Bonynge, Frans Brüggen, Semyon Bychkov, Sylvain Cambreling, Paolo Carignani, Sir Andrew Davis, Edo de Waart, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Fedosejev, Ivan Fischer, Patrick Fournillier, Valery Gergiev, Michael Gielen, Carlo Mario Giulini, Hartmut Haenchen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan, Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Ton Koopman, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Renato Palumbo, Antonio Pappano, Trevor Pinnock, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Peter Schneider, Martin Sieghart, Christian Thielemann, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser Möst and Alberto Zedda.