Biography

Piotr Beczala

Current as of August 2019

Piotr Beczala is one of the finest tenors of our age and appears regularly at all the world’s leading opera houses. In 2018/19 he sang the title role in Faust at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Vienna State Opera, Des Grieux (Manon) in Zurich, Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) in Barcelona and Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival. He also gave song recitals in London, Warsaw, Dublin, Geneva, Barcelona and elsewhere and took part in performances of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in addition to performing an evening of arias as part of the Great Voices series of recitals in the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Piotr Beczala made his Met debut in 2006 as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and since then has returned regularly to the house in roles that include Lensky (Eugene Onegin), the Prince (Rusalka), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodolfo (La bohème), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) and Gounod’s Roméo and Faust. He accompanied the Met to Japan in 2011 and the following year made his role debut as Des Grieux with the company.

Other houses where Piotr Beczala sings on a regular basis are the Bavarian and Vienna State Operas and La Scala, Milan. Guest engagements have also taken him to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the San Francisco Opera, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Deutsche Oper and the State Opera in Berlin, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Warsaw National Opera and the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. His most recent appearances at the Salzburg Festival have been in productions of La bohème and Faust and concert performances of Iolanta and Werther. He made his role debut as Lohengrin at the Dresden Semperoper in 2016 under Christian Thielemann alongside Anna Netrebko’s Elsa.

Piotr Beczala is also in demand as a concert artist and song recitalist. In 2011 and 2012 he took part in New Year’s Eve Concerts under Thielemann at the Dresden Semperoper. Other concert appearances have taken him to Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Madrid, Budapest, Vienna, Milan, Oman and elsewhere.

Piotr Beczala was born in Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland and studied at the Katowice Academy of Music, where his teachers included such distinguished singers as Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac.

Piotr Beczala’s wide-ranging repertoire is documented in numerous CDs and DVDs as well as five solo albums. In 2014 he  was named Singer of the Year in the Echo Klassik Awards.

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