Biography

Piotr Beczala

Current as of August 2019

Piotr Beczala is one of the most sought-after lyric tenors of our time and appears regularly at the world’s leading opera houses. During the 2015/16 season he was heard as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) at the Metropolitan Opera, as Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in San Francisco, as Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) in a new production in Munich and at the Vienna State Opera and as Werther at the Paris Opéra. He also made his role debut as Lohengrin in Dresden alongside Anna Netrebko. His engagements during the 2016/17 season include Edgardo at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rodolfo (La bohème) at the Met, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Vienna State Opera, Werther in Barcelona and Sou-Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns in Zurich, as well as numerous concerts.
Since making his Met debut as the Duke of Mantua in 2006, Piotr Beczala has been heard there as Lensky (Eugene Onegin), the Prince (Rusalka), Edgardo, Rodolfo (La bohème), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Riccardo, Gounod’s Roméo and Faust and, in 2012, his first Des Grieux (Manon) in a production broadcast to cinemas in more than sixty countries. His performance of the Duke of Mantua in a new production of Rigoletto won him the Echo Klassik Award as Singer of the Year in 2014.
At La Scala Piotr Beczala has sung the Duke of Mantua, Rodolfo and Alfredo (La traviata). In addition to regular engagements at the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas, he has also performed many of his operatic roles in San Francisco, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Warsaw and St Petersburg. He made his Salzburg Festival debut as Tamino in 1997 and has enjoyed successes here in recent years as Roméo and Rodolfo and in concert performances of Iolanta and Werther.
Piotr Beczala was born in Poland and studied at the Academy of Music in Katowice, where his teachers included Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac. He is also much sought after as a recitalist and concert artist and has performed in most of the world’s leading music centres.
His discography includes DVDs and CDs covering a broad repertory. Since 2012 he has been an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon, for whom his recordings include two albums, Mein ganzes Herz (2013) and The French Connection (2015).

Current as of July 2016

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