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Mariusz Kwiecień

Mariusz Kwiecień

Mariusz Kwiecień

*4 XI 1972 Kraków

Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien is recognized worldwide as one of the leading baritones before the public today. Known for his handsome voice, incisive musicianship and captivating stage presence, he performs with the foremost opera companies and symphony orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia.

Mr. Kwiecien appears frequently at the Metropolitan Opera, where in recent seasons he has sung Marcello in La bohème, Silvio in I pagliacci, and Malatesta in a new production of Don Pasquale. Under the baton of James Levine, he has sung Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has also worked with Maestro Levine both at the Tanglewood Festival, singing the title role in Don GiovanniDon Quichotte songs, and Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzer. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Program. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a performance of Bach's Cantata No. 82, Ravel's

Mariusz Kwiecien has distinguished himself as Don Giovanni, a role he has sung at the Vienna State Opera, Bilbao Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, in a new production at Warsaw Opera, and for the Veroza Japan Company under Seiji Ozawa. He sang Marcello in La bohèmeLe nozze di Figaro at San Diego Opera, and Silvio in Los Angeles Opera's production of I pagliacci, a role he also sang in a new production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the summer of 2007 he sang his first performances of Escamillo in Carmen with the Veroza Company and Seiji Ozawa. for his debut with San Francisco Opera, Count Almaviva in

Mariusz Kwiecien's European career has included Belcore in L'elisir d'amore for his debuts at the Paris Opera and The Netherlands Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at Grand Theatre de Genève, and his debut at La Scala as Ottokar in Der Freischuetz. He made his debuts at the Bolshoi Opera and Graz Opera singing the title role in a new production of Eugene Onegin, a role he has also sung at the Warsaw Opera. Other engagements include Marcello in La bohème with the Hamburg State Opera and at the Arena di Verona, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Glyndebourne Festival and at Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Audiences in Vienna have heard Mr. Kwiecien as Belcore in L'elisir d'amoreIl matrimonio segreto. He has also sung Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo. and Count Robinson in Cimarosa's

Mr. Kwiecien has won prestigious awards in several international vocal competitions, including First Prize in the 1994 Duszniki-Zdroj International Competition (Poland), the Vienna State Opera and Hamburg State Opera prizes in the 1996 Hans Gabor/Belvedere Competition in Austria, and the Mozart Interpretation Prize and Audience Choice Award at the 1998 Francisco Vinas Competition in Barcelona. He was selected to represent his native Poland in the 1999 Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, Wales.

Mariusz Kwiecien opened the Metropolitan Opera's 2007-2008 season with performances of Enrico in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. That season, he could be heard across North America in recital, with performances at William Jewell College in Kansas City, Rockefeller University in New York City, the Vancouver Recital Society, the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, UC Berkeley's CalPerformances series, and the Vocal Arts Society in Washington, DC. He sang Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, which will be recorded for Telarc. He also sang Brahms' Requiem with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev in Maestro Gergiev's final performances with the orchestra as music director. Mr. Kwiecien returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for his first performances of Germont in La traviata. He also returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing the title role in Eugene Onegin and to Seattle Opera for his first performances of Riccardo in I puritani. He ended that season at The Santa Fe Opera in the role of Count Almaviva in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.


 

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