Polish bass Rafał Pawnuk studied at the Kraków Academy of Music and was a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he worked with conductors of the eminence of Marco Armiliato, Massimo Zanetti, Lothar Koenigs, Paolo Carignani and Kent Nagano, performing roles such as Thierry (Dialogues des Carmélites), a Brabantine Noble (Lohengrin) and Dr Wilhelm Reischmann in Henze’s Elegie für junge Liebende.
Other engagements have included Wagner (Faust) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Dalremont in Donizetti’s I pazzi per progetto at the Zurich Festival and Cesare Angelotti in semi-staged performances of Tosca with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko. In 2018/19 he sang Colline (La bohème) with the Dutch Touring Opera, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi) and the Priest in Philip Glass’s The Trial at the Szczecin Castle Opera, where he also took part in the world premiere of Laurent Petitgirard’s Guru.
As a concert artist he has been heard in Penderecki’s Kosmogonia with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, in Mozart’s ‘Coron-ation’ Mass with the NDR Radio Philharmonic in Hanover under Christopher Hogwood and in a recital of Rossini arias at the Szczecin Summer Opera Festival. Following his Salzburg Festival debut in Orphée aux enfers, Rafał Pawnuk’s plans for 2019/20 include Gremin (Eugene Onegin) for the Dutch Touring Opera and the Priest (The Trial) at the Szczecin Castle Opera. He will also be making his debut as Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de perles) at the Opéra de Lille.