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Artur Ruciński sings the role of Conte di Luna, replacing Plácido Domingo for the remaining performances of “Il trovatore”

17 AUG 2014

published in: Opera, General

Plácido Domingo
Due to an acute infection of the bladder and respiratory tract and very high fever, Plácido Domingo has been forced to withdraw from the performances of Il trovatore on August 18, 21 and 24, 2014. Artur Ruciński will perform the role of Conte di Luna in his place.

Artur Ruciński studied vocal performance at the Warsaw Music Academy. Since his 2002 debut at the National Theatre in Warsaw he has made regular guest appearances in Berlin, Vienna, Bregenz, Cracow and Tokyo. His repertoire includes the roles of Ford (Falstaff), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Graf Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). At the Berlin State Opera he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin under Daniel Barenboim, opposite Rolando Villazón. In Harry Kupfer’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the National Theatre in Warsaw, Artur Ruciński took on a baritone version of the role of Niklausse/La Muse, as well as Valentin in Robert Wilson’s new production of Faust. He performed on Polish radio and TV in the world premiere of Balakauskas’ opera La Lointaine, part of the Warsaw Autumn Festival. The baritone is also sought after as a concert performer; thus he has performed solo parts in Handel’s Messiah as well as in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Paris, and has been heard on Bulgarian TV in Fauré’sRequiem. In April 2010, the baritone performed Carmina Burana at Vienna’s Musikverein, followed by the opening gala of the Wiener Festwochen in May, broadcast live in more than 25 countries. Furthermore, the singer has participated in numerous recordings, for example as Ford in Falstaff, and has released the solo album Songs and Arias. Artur Ruciński has won several awards for his artistic achievements.