Polish baritone Mikołaj Trąbka has been a member of the Frankfurt Opera since 2018. Among his roles with the company during that time have been Robert (Iolanta), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Filippo in Rossini’s La gazzetta, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Andrei in Peter Eötvös’s Tri sestri, Moralès and Le Dancaïre (Carmen) and Donald (Billy Budd). His roles there next season will include Dandini (La Cenerentola) and the title role in Eugene Onegin.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Christof Loy directed a production at the Frankfurt Opera under the title Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt. Broadcast online by arte.tv, it featured Mikołaj Trąbka singing several songs by Tchaikovsky.
In addition to his permanent contract with the Frankfurt Opera, Mikołaj Trąbka has also made a number of guest appearances elsewhere, including Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) at the Tirol Festival in Erl, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Pappacoda (Eine Nacht in Venedig) at the Teatr Wielki in Łódź, Harlequin at the Opéra National de Montpellier and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Malatesta at the Baden State Theatre in Karlsruhe and Marullo (Rigoletto) at the Hanover State Opera.
He has additionally been heard as Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte both at the Polish National Theatre in Warsaw and on a tour that took the Komische Oper from Berlin to Taiwan, Macau and South Korea.
Mikołaj Trąbka created the role of Karol Poznański in the world premiere of Włodzimierz Korcz’s Łódź Story in Łódź and Bydgoszcz. In 2013 he was also heard as Tabarano in Hasse’s La contadina at the Rheinsberg Palace Theatre. On the concert platform Mikołaj Trąbka has appeared with the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia as well as with the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest and the Warsaw Chamber Opera.
He has won prizes at several singing competitions, most notably the 2018 Stella Maris Singing Competition and the Grand Prix de l’Opéra in Bucharest. Mikołaj Trąbka studied at the Łódź Academy of Music and was a member of the Opera Academy of the Polish National Theatre.