The Broad Stage features Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, who has quickly established himself as one of the most dynamic performers on the international classical music scene, triumphing on stage, in concert and on recording. It makes its Los Angeles and Broad Stage debut on March 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage with an eclectic program of Baroque, Romantic and 20th century songs.
On the program, H. Purcell: “Music for a while”; “If music were the food of love”; “The most beautiful island”; “Here, the gods approve”; “Strike the viol”. F. Schubert: “Auf der Donau”; “Die Stadt”; “Nachstuck”. GF Handel: “A zeffiro spiro”. C. Naginski: “Look down, Beautiful Moon”. A. Copland: “The world seems dusty”; “Nature, the sweetest mother”; “Why did they drive me out of heaven”. H. Purcell: “Your awful voice I hear”.
He also sings a selection of art songs from his native Poland: M. Karłowicz: – “Nie płacz nade mną”; “Z Erotyków”; “Na spokojnym, ciemnym morzu”; “Mów do mnie jeszcze”; “Przed nocą wieczną”; “W wieczorną cieszę”; “Czasem gdy długo na pół sennie marze”; “Zaczarowana królewna”.
Tickets starting at $40 are available at thebroadstage.org or by calling 310.434.3200, or visiting the box office at 1310 11th St. Santa Monica CA 90401, beginning three hours before the performance.
Orliński has had a remarkable year. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera at the end of 2021 in Eurydice, a new opera by Matthieu Aucoin on a libretto by the playwright Sarah Ruhl, and in January, her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Theodora. Last October his Anima Aeterna, an adventurous album of sacred airs and 18th century motets was released; it follows in the vein of Anima Sacra, which received critical acclaim and won him the prestigious Opus Klassik award for solo vocal recording. Another album, titled Farewells and containing exclusively scholarly songs by Polish composers, will be released this spring.
Gramophone in a cover story called him the countertenor of our time. “The joy of the voice is its suppleness, its softness, something sustained by leaps and passages of coloratura.” The Sunday Times praised Orliński’s “unearthly beauty of tone and fabulous breath control”.
Orliński’s sold-out concerts and recitals across Europe and the United States attracted new devotees to the art form, and his live performance of Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto”, filmed at the Festival d ‘Aix-en-Provence in 2017, amassed more than eight million online views.
Appearances on television, including the “Concert de Paris” at the Eiffel Tower and “Rebâtir Notre Dame de Paris”, both with the Orchester National de France and the Victoires de la Musique Classique concert accompanied by the Orchester de l Opéra National de Lyon, have been broadcast to millions of people around the world. He also appears on Warner recordings of Agrippina opposite Joyce di Donato and on a CD of selections with L’Arpeggiata and harpist Christina Pluhar.
ABC News said: “And then there’s Orliński, 31. As a countertenor — the male voice with the highest range (think The Weekend) — Orliński’s usual musical choices tend to age. , as in the 18th century, 100 years before what some might call the golden age of opera. But the pastime he is known for is nothing short of modern: when he sings not baroque gems, Orliński’s break dances.”
“In the station wagon, there’s a lot of freedom. And you can really do the same move as 100 people, and you can do it 100 different ways,” he told ABC News on a Zoom call. from Warsaw. “I feel like you become like a visual effect of the music you hear, which is really liberating, and I sort of treat it like a meditation.”
In Gramophone he said: “Some people think that singing is about the head, the chest and the throat, but it’s the whole body that’s responsible for what’s going on. I use breakdance exercises because I likes the flow of energy. It’s not easy to decide to become a countertenor… breaking has helped me a lot to gain that confidence, because when you break, you have physicality.”
Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker said: “Singers who performed in 18th-century operas by Handel or Vivaldi were the musical celebrities of their time, and Orliński’s approach is to happily inhabit that space of celebrity, rather than managing the repertoire as if he were a respectful museum curator.”I treat baroque music like, fundamentally, pop music, but in their time,” he said. “I I feel like Justin Timberlake sometimes. I feel fresh, and I feel a little entertained while playing, and I want to have fun. I don’t want it to be a little stiff – “I’m going to sing classical music and be serious right now.”
Orliński graduated from the Juilliard School in 2017 and immediately began his international career as Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena in its debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. He followed this with his debut in the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Frankfurt Opera in a superb production of Ted Huffman. While still at Juilliard, he made his debut with the Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe with music by Handel and Vivaldi; at Carnegie Hall At New York; as well as with the Houston Symphony. He has also collaborated with Les Arts Florissants in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Paul Agnew; performed with Music of the Baroque in Chicago under Jane Glover; and touring with the English Concert under Harry Bicket as Eustazio in Rinaldo with performances in London, Seville, Madrid and New York. Another Rinaldo production – again in the title role – made its UK operatic debut at the Glyndebourne Festival. He interpreted Unulfo in Rodelinda in Frankfurt and Lille (DVD with Emmanuelle Haïm), and gave concerts with numerous groups throughout Europe and the United States.
During the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Orliński joined Il Pomo d’Oro for concerts in Hamburg, Essen, Budapest, Trento and Lyon, with selections from his critically acclaimed album Facce d’amore. He then joined the ensemble for additional performances, including at Versailles, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the Festival Castell de Peralada. Other concert engagements included a baroque program with Il Giardino d’Amore in Barcelona, Bilbao, Castellón and Madrid; a program entitled Pasticcio with Les Arts Florissants, alongside mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and conducted by William Christie; and performances in Poland, with Capella Cracoviensis. He also reunited with pianist Michał Biel for recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Highlights from previous seasons include his Carnegie Hall his solo concert debut with members of New York Baroque Incorporated; his American debut at the San Francisco Opera as Armindo in Partenope; his debut in house and in a role at the Opernhaus Zürich singing Cyrus in Belshazzar under the baton of Laurence Cummings; his Russian debut with sold-out concerts in the inaugural season at Zaryadye Hall in Moscow; and made his debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah and with the Montreal Bach Festival. He has given critically acclaimed solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival and throughout Spain, Belgium, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Mr. Orliński has triumphed in several vocal competitions, winning first place in the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, second prize in the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition, the first and second annual international competitions of early music singing in Poland. , where he received a “Special Mention” and a “Special Prize” respectively, First Prize at the Rudolf Petrák Singing Competition in Slovakia, Third Place at the First Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the Eighth Annual Mazovian Golden Competition Voices in Poland, and third place at the Opera Grand Prix in Bucharest, Romania. Mr. Orliński’s star rose rapidly following major wins in competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2016 and the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition in 2015 .
While completing his master’s degree in vocal performance with Anna Radziejewska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious Opera Academy young artists program at Teatr Wielki-Opera Narodowa, where he studied with Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rexroth. Mr. Orliński earned his graduate degree at the Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. He was also a Fulbright scholarship recipient in the years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
His achievements in breakdancing include awards in numerous dance competitions: fourth place in the Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher contest, second place in the Stylish Strike – Top Rock Contest and second place in The Style Control contest, among others. He has also been featured in an advertisement for streetwear company CROPP, as well as a dancer, model and acrobat in campaigns for Levi’s, Nike, Turbokolor, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, MAC CosmeticsDannon and Algida.
Michał Biel is a young Polish pianist whose collaborations have already taken him to some of the world’s greatest concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. He has also given recitals at opera houses such as Frankfurt Opera, Lille Opera and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. He regularly collaborates with countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and together they have performed at such prestigious festivals as Verbier Festival, Life Victoria Barcelona and Pierre Cardin‘s Lacoste Festival, and their work has been broadcast by Medici TV, BBC3, Wigmore Hall and TVP Kultura.
In partnership with bass Alex Rosen, Michał won 2nd prize at the 2018 Hugo Wolf International Art Song Contest in Stuttgart and together they are laureates of the Orsay-Royaumont Academy. Other Michał awards include Best Young Pianist at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Singing Competition in Warsaw, Best Young Accompanist at the Bucharest Opera Grand Prize, and Outstanding Accompaniment awards at the L. Różycki Singing Competition in Gliwice.
Michał maintains residencies as a collaborative pianist at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt and the Juilliard School Vocal Arts Department in New York. He also coaches singers in the vocal program at the Chautauqua Institution School of Music. Invested in collaborating with singers since the beginning of his career, Michał worked at the Winter Singing Course in Duszniki Zdrój and at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival.
Michał studied at the Juilliard School where he was taught by Brian Zeger, Margo Garrett, Jonathan Felman, and JJ Penna. He studied with Eytan Pessen at the Teatr Wielki Opera Academy in Warsaw, and with Andrzej Jasiński and Grzegorz Biegas at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.