Piotr Beczala is one of the most outstanding tenors of our time, and appears regularly as a guest artist at the world’s most important opera houses.
He began the 2021/22 season performing in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Christian Thielemann in a concert at the Semperoper Dresden. Song recitals with the pianist Helmut Deutsch have taken him to the Theater im Park in Vienna, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. He has also been heard at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with the pianist Sarah Tysman, and has performed an aria and lieder programme in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Other concert and song recital engagements this season include performances at the Musikverein Graz, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzkammergut Festwochen in Gmunden and as part of the Great Voices concert series in Linz.
At the Zurich Opera in October 2021 Piotr Beczala made his role debut as Manrico (Il trovatore); this season he has also been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Lensky (Eugene Onegin) and as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto). In addition, he has sung Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he returned in June 2022 as Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera).
In 2006 Piotr Beczala made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua. He has since returned regularly to the Met as a guest artist in roles including Prince (Rusalka), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodolfo (La bohème), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Riccardo, and Gounod’s Roméo and Faust. In 2011 he accompanied the Metropolitan Opera to Japan, and in 2012 in New York he made his role debut with the company as Des Grieux (Manon).
Piotr Beczala sings regularly at the State Operas of Munich and Vienna, and at La Scala, Milan. He has also been engaged by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, San Francisco Opera, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Berlin State Opera, and by the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Warsaw National Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. At the Salzburg Festival he has most recently been heard as Rodolfo (La bo-hème) and Faust, as Vaudémont and Werther and, in 2019, as Rodolfo in a con-cert staging of Verdi’s Luisa Miller. In 2016 he made his role debut at the Semperoper as Lohengrin under Christian Thielemann, with Anna Netrebko as Elsa.
A sought-after concert performer and recitalist, Piotr Beczala took part in New Year’s Eve concerts in 2011 and 2012 at the Semperoper under Thielemann. Other concert engagements have taken him to cities including Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Madrid, Budapest, Vienna and Milan as well as to Oman.
Piotr Beczala was born in Czechowice-Dziedzice in the south of Poland, and studied at the Music Academy in Katowice, where he was taught by famous artists such as Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac.
He appears on numerous CDs and DVDs in a wide-ranging repertoire, and has released five solo albums to date. With Deutsche Grammophon he released his first album Mein ganzes Herz in 2013, and, in 2015, The French Collection. In May 2020 his album Vincerò! appeared on the Dutch label Pentatone. In 2014 he was named ‘Singer of the Year’ at the ECHO Klassik Awards.