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Wojtek Gierlach

Wojtek Gierlach

Wojtek Gierlach

*2 III 1976 Tarnawa Górna

Wojtek Gierlach graduated with distinction from the class of Professor Kazimierz Pustelak at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He is a prize-winner of several international vocal competitions: Ada Sari (1999, first place), Bilbao (2000, second place), Milan (2001, Premio Caruso), Francesc Viñas, Barcelona (2004, third place).

He made his debut in 1999 in the title role of Handel’s Imeneo at the Warsaw Chamber Opera, where he also performed the role of Don Giovanni. He was Leporello, meanwhile, at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the Nico Theater in Cape Town. He has also sung Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Piccini in Bari and Argenio in Handel’s Imeneo at the Opera Ireland in Dublin.

He has performed as Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri in opera houses in Lisbon, Minneapolis and Ravenna, Assur in Semiramide at the Teatro di Verdi in Pisa, Alidoro in La Cenerentola in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Orbazzano in Tancredi at the Teatro Maestranza in Seville, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Governor in Le Comte Ory at the Belcanto Festival Wildbad, and Lord Sidney and Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims at the Pesaro Rossini Festival.

At the Polish National Opera, he has taken the roles of Colline in La bohème, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, Escamillo in Carmen and Gessler in Guillaume Tell. He has performed as Timur in Turandot (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and as the Commendatore in Ramón Carnicer’s opera Il dissoluto punito at the Mozart Festival in La Coruña. Other significant roles are Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri at the Teatro Filarmónica in Oviedo, Orfeo at the Slovenské Národné Divadlo in Bratislava, Conte Rodolfo in Bellini’s La sonnambula and Creon in Mayer’s Medea in Corinto in St Gallen, Méphistophélès in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust at the Cracow Philharmonic and King Louis in Weber’s Euryanthe at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.

Wojtek Gierlach’s phonographic output includes Mirteo in Meyerbeer’s Semiramide (cond. Richard Bonynge, Naxos), Rossini roles as Zambri in Ciro in Babilonia, Pharaoh w Mosè in Egitto and Douglas in La Donna del Lago (cond. Alberto Zedda, Naxos), Dourlinski in Cherubini’s Lodoïska, Domoslav in Spohr’s Berggeist (Beethoven Society) and Voivode in Statkowski’s Maria (cond. Łukasz Borowicz, Polskie Radio).

At the Warsaw Philharmonic, he has taken part in a performance of Bach’s B minor Mass under Helmuth Rilling, and at the Baltic Philharmonic in Verdi’s Requiem under Kai Bumann. He performed the solo part in Olivier Greif’s Symphony during the concert inaugurating Marc Minkowski’s tenure as artistic director of the Sinfonia Varsovia. With I Solisti Veneti, under Claudio Scimone, he has sung in Salieri’s Passion (concert broadcast by RAI), with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Asturias under Alberto Zedda, he has performed in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, with the Orquesta de Navarra, under Antoni Wit, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem under the composer’s baton, and at the Prague Spring festival in Arvo Pärt’s Passion according to St John.


 

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