Piotr Beczala

Tenor

Biography

Piotr Beczala is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time, and a constant guest in the world’s leading opera houses. The Polish-born artist is acclaimed not only for the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays. In addition to his operatic work, he has performed much of the classical vocal canon with the world’s most distinguished orchestras and maestri.

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Full Biography

Piotr Beczala is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time, and a constant guest in the world’s leading opera houses. The Polish-born artist is acclaimed not only for the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays. In addition to his operatic work, he has performed much of the classical vocal canon with the world’s most distinguished orchestras and maestri.

On the grand opera stage, Piotr Beczala’s presence is felt across the globe. This season, he stars in three new productions: in the title role of Lohengrin by Kirill Serebrennikov for the Paris Opera, as Don Jose in Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production by Carrie Cracknell and led by Daniele Rustioni, and in the Royal Opera House’s new production of Carmen at London’s Covent Garden. With the Vienna State Opera, he takes star turns as Faust alongside Nicole Car as Marguerite, and as Cavaradossi in Tosca opposite Elena Stikhina in the title role, under the baton of Bertrand de Billy. He reprises Cavaradossi in Las Palmas, and will appear in Land des Lächelns as Prince Sou-Chong at Opernhaus Zürich.

Piotr Beczala’s musical endeavors also encompass an array of concerts, adding to his rich repertoire. He graces Vienna Konzerthaus in the long-awaited Great Voices concert, partners with pianist Sarah Tysman for a recital at Bratislava Music Festival’s Concert Hall and is heard in Moniuszko’s rarely performed Halka in concert at Madrid’s Teatro Real. His presence continues to resonate in a gala concert at Stockholm’s Royal Swedish Opera, enchants Prague’s Smetana Hall with his performance, and sings a recital in Budapest’s Opera House, showcasing his vocal prowess. A highlight of his concert season is a collaboration with Andris Nelsons, commemorating Beethoven’s 200th anniversary with a powerful performance of Symphony No. 9 at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus. His journey continues with captivating recitals at Opernhaus Zurich and the Vienna Konzerthaus, culminating in a memorable performance at Dresden’s Classic Open Air 2024 on the Dresdner Neumarkt, marking the grand finale of his remarkable musical season.

The previous season began for Piotr Beczala at the Vienna State Opera singing the role of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen. He then performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid in a revival of Hugo de Ana’s historic production of Verdi’s Aïda (Radamès). He returned to the Metropolitan Opera New York and performed the role of Count Loris in David McVicar’s new production of Umberto Giordano’s exciting drama Fedora, alongside Sonya Yoncheva as the Russian Princess, Rosa Feola as Countess Olga and Artur Ruciński as De Siriex, conducted by Marco Armiliato. The opera was broadcast around the world in the MET’s award-winning Live in HD series. Additionally at the Met, he was heard in the title role of Wagner’s masterpiece Lohengrin, in another new production staged by François Girard and conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Back in Europe, he sang Lohengrin and Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera. He ended the season on the opera stage at the Zurich Opera House as Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot.

On the concert stage he opened the season of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb with a gala concert. With the choir and orchestra of the Teatro Real he performed Verdi’s Requiem in Burgos Cathedral in Spain and gave a recital with pianist Camillo Radicke in San Sebastián. As part of the Great Voices series, he performed with the Munich Symphony Orchestra at the Isarphilharmonie and with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus, both concerts conducted by Maestro Marco Boemi. Further concerts took place at the Palm Beach Opera, at the Vienna State Opera, in Pamplona and in Ljubljana. He also sang two gala concerts at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona together with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.

The season before, the tenor sang Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Semperoper Dresden with the Staatskapelle Dresden, under the baton of Christian Thielemann, and gave several recitals together with pianist Helmut Deutsch at the Theater im Park in Vienna, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Musikverein Graz, among others. He performed a concert as part of the Great Voices concert series in Linz, went to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and took a recital tour through South America. On the opera stage, Piotr Beczala sang the role of Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore at the Zurich Opera House, followed by two opera productions at the Metropolitan Opera New York, once Verdi’s Rigoletto (Duke of Mantua) and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Lenski). At the Munich State Opera, he performed as Cavardossi in Puccini’s Tosca and as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera.

Since his debut as Duca in 2006, Piotr Beczala has been a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera. Since then, he has sung Prince (Rusalka), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rodolfo (La bohème), Vaudémont (Iolanta), Riccardo as well as the title roles in Roméo et Juliette and Faust. In 2011 he accompanied the Met to Japan and made his role debut in 2012 as Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. In 2016 he made his debut as Lohengrin at the Semperoper Dresden alongside Anna Netrebko under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann. In addition, the Vienna State Opera’s Kammersänger performed at the famous opera house as Werther in Werther, as Ein Sänger in Der Rosenkavalier and as Don José in Carmen, among many other roles. Other highlights include Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) at the Zurich Opera House and Massenet’s Werther at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. The tenor can also be heard regularly at the State Opera in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid and at La Scala in Milan.

In addition to his opera career, Piotr Beczala is a much sought-after concert and lied singer. In 2020-21, Piotr Beczala sang together with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, gave a beneficial concert at the Konzerthaus Vienna, at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and went to the Auditorio in Bilbao. He also joined the stage with Plácido Domingo for a gala concert at the Bolshoi-Theatre in Moscow and was part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (January 2021). He sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orquesta Nacional de España under the baton of David Afkham at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Grafenegg Festival, gave a concert with soprano Camilla Nylund at the Brixen Classics Festival and sang at the famous Concert de Paris at the Eiffel Tower on July 14th, 2021. Recital tours took him with pianist Sarah Tysman to Spain and with pianist Camillo Radicke to South America. Further concert appearances have taken him to Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Madrid, Budapest, Vienna, Milan and Oman.

Piotr Beczala has released two solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon, “My Heart’s Delight” in 2013 and “The French Collection” in 2015. In 2012, he sang the New Year’s Eve concerts at the Semperoper in Dresden, which were directed by Christian Thielemann and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. A DVD of his stunning debut in the title role of Lohengrin opposite Anna Netrebko as Elsa was released internationally in 2017. His first solo album on Pentatone featuring versimo arias „Vincerò!“ was released in May 2020. The 2023/24 season sees the eagerly awaited unveiling of his new album “Romances”, featuring Beczala in collaboration with the renowned lied pianist Helmut Deutsch. The record is scheduled for release on August 25, 2023, under the Pentatone label, and showcases a compilation of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky romances, the most popular musical genre in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Russia, and which still strongly endure today.

In 2014, Mr. Beczala was awarded at the ECHO Klassik Awards as “Singer of the Year” as well as the Opus Klassik for the same category in 2021. In 2019 he was honoured as Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and received an honorary doctorate (Dr. h. c.) from the Katowice Academy of Music in 2022.

 

 

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Piotr Beczala and George Gagnidze: Tosca in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The tenor Piotr Beczala can be heard as Cavaradossi and the baritone George Gagnidze as Baron Scarpia in Puccini's opera Tosca at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Ramón Tebar conducts.
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Serena Sáenz and Piotr Beczala: The 66th Vienna Opera Ball

Serena Sáenz and Piotr Beczala can be seen at the 66th Vienna Opera Ball together with Elīna Garanča. Accompanied by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra under the musical direction of Bertrand de Billy, they perform works such as "Barcarolle" from Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" from Carmen and "Granada" by Agustín Lara. The prestigious event takes place on 8 February at the Vienna State Opera.
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Piotr Beczala: As Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera

Piotr Beczala reprises the role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera. Elena Stikhina sings Floria Tosca and Erwin Schrott can be seen as Baron Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts. The performances take place on February 2, 5, 10.
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Piotr Beczala ⭐ ♫"E lucevan le stelle"/aus Tosca