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Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Wroclaw Philharmonic - US Tour

Thursday, 17 March 2005

On April 21st, 2005, the W. Lutoslawski Philharmonic Orchestra, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonic, will go on tour of America. Five concerts will be held from April 21st until April 26th in Philadelphia, Trenton, New York and Goshen. The Orchestra will be conducted by Mariusz Smolij and soloists will include eminent Polish musicians: pianist Stanislaw Drzewiecki and singers Ewa Biegas, Jadwiga Rappé, Adam Zdunikowski and Piotr Nowacki. The program will feature, among others, Piano Concerto in e minor by Chopin, Little Suite by Lutoslawski and Symphony no. 3 in D Major by Tchaikovsky.

April 21, 2005 - 8.00 p.m.
SYMPHONIC CONCERT
, Kimmel Center, PHILADELPHIA, PA

Stanislaw Drzewiecki - piano
Mariusz Smolij - conductor
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:
W. Lutoslawski: Little Suite
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
P. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 "Polish" in D Major, Op. 29

For tickets and information: call 215-893-1999
www.ticketphiladelphia.org

April 22, 2005 - 8.00 p.m.
SYMPHONIC CONCERT
, Villa Victoria Academy, TRENTON, NJ

Jadwiga Rappé - alto
Mariusz Smolij - conductor
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:
F. Chopin: Polonaise No. 1, Op. 40 in A Major (orchestral version arr. by G. Fitelberg)
W. Lutoslawski: Little Suite
K. Szymanowski: Three Fragments after Jan Kasprowicz, Op. 5
P. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 "Polish" in D Major, Op. 29

Tickets: $25
For tickets and information: call 609-397-7300 or 215-862-3300
www.riversidesymphonia.org

April 23, 2005 - 7.00 p.m.
ORATORIO CONCERT,
St. Patrick's Cathedral, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Ewa Biegas - soprano
Jadwiga Rappé - alto
Adam Zdunikowski - tenor
Piotr Nowacki - bass
Mariusz Smolij - conductor
Paderewski Festival Singers
St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir
Jan Sporek - choirmaster
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:
W. Kilar: Missa pro pace

April 24, 2005 - 3.00 p.m.
SYMPHONIC CONCERT
, Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln Center, NEW YORK CITY, NY

Stanislaw Drzewiecki - piano
Mariusz Smolij - conductor
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:
W. Lutoslawski: Little Suite
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
P. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 "Polish" in D Major, Op. 29

For tickets and information: call 212-875-5030


April 26, 2005 - 7.30 p.m.
SYMPHONIC CONCERT
, Goshen College Sauder Concert Hall, GOSHEN, IN

Stanislaw Drzewiecki - piano
Mariusz Smolij - conductor
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Program:
W. Lutoslawski: Little Suite
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
P. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 "Polish" in D Major, Op. 29

Tickets : $20, $15, $7.

For tickets and information: contact Jo Ann Preheim, phone 574-535-7566, email joannp@goshen.edu,

www.goshen.edu

ORKIESTRA SYMFONICZNA FILHARMONII WROCŁAWSKIEJ IM. WITOLDA LUTOSŁAWSKIEGO (the Witold Lutoslawski Philharmonic in Wroclaw), Poland, is the inheritor of its home city's rich music traditions. Music life in Wroclaw began thriving in the second half of the 19th century, when such famous composers and virtuosos as Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Edward Grieg, Gustav Mahler, Max Bruch, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Pablo Sarasate and Eugčne Ysäye came to visit the city.

The Wroclaw Philharmonic was founded in 1954 by Adam Kopycinski and Radomir Reszke. The directors of the Wroclaw Philharmonic, being well-known musicians, held the post of the first conductor as well: Jozef Karol Lasocki (1954-1958), Adam Kopycinski (1958-1961), Radomir Reszke (1961-1963), Wlodzimierz Ormicki (1963-1965), Andrzej Markowski (1965-1968), Tadeusz Strugala (1968-1980) and Marek Pijarowski (1980-2001).

In 2001 the offices of the general and artistic directors were separated, and Lidia Geringer d'Oedenberg, the General Director of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans - one of the largest and most important music festivals in this part of Europe, was appointed the General Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic. In 2002 Mrs. Geringer d'Oedenberg entrusted the post of the Artistic Director to Mariusz Smolij. Since the beginning of the 2004-2005 season, Jan Latham-Koenig has been the Artistic Director of the Orchestra.

The Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra performs a highly versatile repertoire from baroque to contemporary music, chamber music, e.g. by W. A. Mozart, as well as great works requiring a wide array of instruments and sounds, such as pieces by Olivier Messiaen, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner or Richard Strauss. The ensemble gives regular concerts, performing about 120 different programs a season. It is constantly invited to play at most important European festivals, such as the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, Warsaw Autumn (Poland), Janáčkův maj (Czech Republic) and the Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany). It has also gone on many international tours visiting almost all European countries. Recently, it has most frequently performed in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt), Holland, France and the Czech Republic. This year's tour to the United States is the Orchestra's first visit to this country, during which it will present the American audience with music of Polish and Slavonic composers. It will appear in such prestigious venues as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In the concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, the Orchestra will perform Missa pro pace and enjoy the presence of Wojciech Kilar, the composer of the piece.

Apart from issuing its own CDs, the Orchestra makes radio and TV recordings. It co-operates with many prominent conductors, such as Leon Botstein, Pierre Colombo, Riccardo Frizza, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Paul Goodwin, Peter Guelke, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jan Krenz, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Carlos Paita, Doron Salomon, Lior Shambadal and Carlo Zecchi, as well as with excellent virtuosos, including Martha Argerich, Midori, Elzbieta Chojnacka, Kaja Danczowska, Stanislaw Drzewiecki, Juan Diego Florez, Greg Giannascoli, Ramon Jaffé, Peter Jablonski, Krzysztof Jablonski, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Ilya Kaler, Konstanty A. Kulka, Adam Makowicz, Witold Malcuzynski, David Oistrakh, Igor Oistrakh, Michael Ponti, Alexander Rudin, Benjamin Schmid, Grigory Sokolov, Daniel Stabrawa, Radoslaw Szulc, William VerMeulen, Wanda Wilkomirska and Krystian Zimerman.

In the season of 2004-2005, celebrating the 50 years of the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the following maestros have confirmed their participation in the anniversary concerts: Leon Botstein, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tadeusz Strugala, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marek Pijarowski, Grzegorz Nowak, Jacek Kaspszyk. Great soloists will also grace the Wroclaw audience on this occasion, and among them Katarzyna Duda, Stanislaw Drzewiecki, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Bartlomiej Niziol, Olga Pasiecznik, Krzysztof Jablonski, Kaja Danczowska, Benjamin Schmid, Ramon Jaffé, Adam Makowicz, Leszek Mozdzer, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Konstanty A. Kulka, Waldemar Malicki and Eugene Indjic.

MARIUSZ SMOLIJ

is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. The American Symphony Orchestra League in New York included his name on the prestigious list of most promising young conductors in America and featured him during its special Conductors Preview.

Over the last decade, Mariusz Smolij has collaborated with some of the most prestigious orchestras and musical institutions in the United States and Europe. He served as the conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (1994-97), and led this ensemble to very high critical and public acclaim in over 120 performances. Between 1996 and 2000 served on the faculty of the prestigious School of Music at Northwestern University in Chicago-Evanston, as a professor of conducting and director of the chamber orchestra. At that time he was the youngest full-time conducting faculty member among the top conservatories and universities in America. In the years 2000-2003 he served as the Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony (HSO). He was invited to join this world-class orchestra by Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, after winning an international audition that attracted over 200 conductors. He led HSO in over one hundred concerts, presenting a most impressive, wide range of the orchestral repertoire.

Since 1996 Maestro Smolij also holds the position of Music Director and Conductor of the Riverside Symphonia, a highly recognized professional chamber orchestra based in Lambertville, New Jersey. In the spring of 2003 he became Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Since 2002 Maestro Smolij has closely collaborated with one of Eastern Europe's most renown orchestras, the Wroclaw Philharmonic in Poland, first as its Artistic Director, and currently as frequent guest conductor. In April 2005 he will lead this ensemble during its first North American tour that includes concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Lincoln Center in New York and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In Poland, he also served as the Artistic Director of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

During the current season, in addition to concerts in the United States, Maestro Smolij will have extensive schedule of guest appearances with major orchestras in Canada (Halifax, Nova Scotia), South Africa (Johannesburg), Italy (Lecce, Vicenza), Germany (Kiel, Jena, Frankfurt), Bulgaria (Sofia), Israel (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem) and Turkey (Izmir).

Maestro Smolij has appeared as a guest conductor with more than 70 orchestras around the world. In the United States he has led the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Houston, Omaha, Missouri, and the Rochester Philharmonic, Symphony II (Orchestra of the Lyric Opera in Chicago), Erie Philharmonic, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also led orchestras in Germany, France, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. He performed in the world's most prestigious concert halls including Salle Gaveau in Paris with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra and New York's Carnegie Hall with Sinfonia Varsovia. His frequent collaboration with this leading Polish orchestra has led to concerts on three continents: Europe, North America and Asia, and a series of recording projects featuring masterworks of Polish and American symphonic music. The first CD, with music by A. Copland, G. Gershwin and L. Bernstein, was released in July 2002 and continues to be met with enthusiastic reviews. His recordings are part of CD ACCORD/Universal and Hungaroton catalogues.

Maestro Smolij has introduced the American audience to several unknown works by Eastern European composers and regularly performs American orchestral music in Europe. In January 1996 he led the Polish Radio Orchestra in Krakow, Poland in an all-American program, which was broadcast to several Eastern European countries. In 2001 he led a special gala performance of American symphonic music in the Hall of National Theater in Warsaw, Poland that was recorded and broadcast by both Polish and American radio stations. His recording of music by American composer Bill Karlins was issued by the Hungaroton label in 2000. With the Wroclaw Philharmonic, he gave European and Polish premiers of works by American composers such as S. Barber, A. Copland, A. Kernis, D. Ellington and others. He acted as an extremely effective advocate and promoter of Polish music outside of his native country. Apart from organizing the Polish Music Festival in Chicago in 1998, which was the largest single presentation of Polish music abroad in the last quarter of the century, Maestro Smolij also frequently performs and programs works of Polish composers.

Maestro Smolij's reputation as a conducting pedagogue reaches both sides of the Atlantic. He is a faculty member of the International Workshops for Conductors in the Czech Republic, teaches at professional conducting seminars in the USA and Poland and has been invited to present conducting master classes at the Zurich Conservatory in Switzerland.

Born near Katowice, Poland, Maestro Smolij is also an accomplished violinist and was the founder and violinist of the internationally recognized Penderecki String Quartet, performing and recording with this ensemble in Poland, Germany, France, Italy and the United States. After completing his studies in Europe, he studied conducting in the United States, and holds a doctorate degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

STANISŁAW DRZEWIECKI
Stanislaw Drzewiecki went on his first concert tour to Japan at the age of six, during which he played with Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra conducted by Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach. The following year witnessed his debut at the Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, where he performed with the same renown ensemble under the baton of Grzegorz Nowak. Since then, he has appeared in many famous concert venues in London (Victoria & Albert Museum), Bergen (The Grieg Hall), Tallinn (Estonia Hall), Vienna (Schőnbrunn Palace), Mexico City (Palacio de Bellas Artes), Canada (Queen Elizabeth Hall in Vancouver, Winspear Centre in Edmonton), the United States (Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Chicago Symphony Hall, Gusman Hall in Miami) and Japan (Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo Orchard Hall, Yokohama Minato Mirai).

On January 26, 2003 Stanislaw Drzewiecki performed with great success in the world's most prestigious venue - Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) in New York, and received enthusiastic reactions of the audience and musical critics. Darrell Rosenbluth from New York Concert Review, wrote: "(...) As though refreshed by the audience's tumultuous reception of the Chopin group, Mr. Drzewiecki brought down the house with Liszt's 'Six Grand Etudes de Paganini'. Violinists, eat your hearts out! (...)". Roman Markowicz (Polish Daily News) comments: "(...) What is impressive in Drzewiecki's playing from the very beginning is mainly a gorgeous sound which he can bring out of the instrument as well as similarly nicely shaped phrase. I could sense the elegance and ease in his playing that bring to mind the greatest pianists in history. It was now a masterly version that we had not heard for a long time at this or other stages in New York!".

Stanislaw Drzewiecki released his first CD (Piano Concertos - Bach, Mozart, Beethoven) at the age of ten. This recording as well as the subsequent two CDs were nominated for a Fryderyk Award in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The fourth CD with Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor and 12 Etudes, which gained the 'golden' status, he recorded with Sinfonia Varsovia and Grzegorz Nowak in the year 2000. The pianist, accompanied again by Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Michael Zilm, is currently working on a new recording project with Mozart's Piano Concertos for one, two and three pianos, which will be produced in SACD system. In 2002 he also signed the contract with Sony Classical.

The artist has also been invited to concerts inaugurating prestigious cultural events: the concert season in Basel, Chopin Festival in Canada, Europalia - Poland 2001 in Belgium, Days of Polish Music 2002 in Austria, Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, Denmark Radio Festival in Copenhagen, 6th Cultural de Mayo Festival at Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara with Filharmonica de Jalisco under Maestro Fernando Lozano. In 2004 he inaugurated the concert season with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra at Sapporo Concert Hall, Japan. In February 2005 he performed with the same orchestra in Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo led by Alexander Lazariev, within the concert series presenting world's most outstanding conductors.

The repertoire of Stanislaw Drzewiecki includes 18 piano concertos, his performance of which featured such prominent conductors as Tomasz Bugaj, Miroslaw Blaszczyk, José Cura, Agnieszka Duczmal, Nicolai Dyadiura, Justus Frantz, Bruno Goetze, Philippe Jordan, Vladimir Kiradjiev, Marek Pijarowski, Eduard Schmieder, Tadeusz Strugala, Antoni Wit, Simon Young and others.

In 2003 he made his debut as a composer by writing music to the performance of The King of Alders, based on the ballad by J. W. Goethe, commissioned by the Lalka Theatre in Warsaw. In March 2005, he presented the Polish audience with his latest piece Double Concerto for violin, piano and string orchestra.

Stanislaw Drzewiecki is the laureate of many prestigious awards, among which there are: the Grand Prix Award in European Television Competition in Alicante (1999), the 10th Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Musicians in Bergen (2000), the final concert of which was viewed by 10 million people; he also became the youngest laureate ever of the Paszport Polityki Award.

The artist is currently a student of the Karol Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Warsaw under professor Tatiana Shebanova's supervision.

He has also developed a wide array of non-musical interests, such as diving, aviation, plane modelling-work, and has some achievements in those fields.

The international telecommunication company NETIA S.A. is a patron and sponsor of the young artist.

EWA BIEGAS

Ewa Biegas started her musical education in the violin in 1988 at the State Primary School of Music in Cieszyn. She continued her education at the State Secondary School of Music in Gliwice, attending simultaneously the violin and singing classes. She has graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice, where she studied singing with professor Jan Ballarin and obtained her diploma with the first class honour in 1999. In 2000 she also completed postgraduate studies with professor Helena Lazarska at the University of Music in Vienna. She held scholarships granted by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland, the Dr. Robert Thyll-Dur Swiss Foundation and the Austrian government. Later on she participated in vocal workshop in Vienna, guided by professor Walter Bary.

Since the onset of her career Ewa Biegas has been extremely successful at national and international competitions, and her awards include the 1st prize at the Polish National Vocal Competition in Wroclaw (1996), the 1st class honour award at the Ada Sari International Vocal Art Competition in Nowy Sacz (1997), a competition award at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg (1997), the 2nd prize at the Anton Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary (1997), the 1st class honour prize at the International Vocal Competition of Feruccio Taliavigni in Deutschlandsberg in Austria (1998), the 1st prize and four rewards beyond regulations at the International Schneider-Trnavski Vocal Competition in Trnava in Slovakia (1998), the 2nd prize at the Singing Competition of the Vocal Festival in Nowy Sacz (1999), the 2nd prize and the award for the best performance of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's works at the Paderewski Vocal Competition in Bydgoszcz (2003), and the 3rd prize and four awards beyond regulations at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Warsaw (2004).

She has appeared in opera productions in Poland and in Europe, and her most important parts include Lady Billows in Albert Herring by B. Britten in Vienna (1999), Rozalind in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss in Vienna (2001), Friend in La liberta chiama la liberta by E. Knapik in Katowice (2002), Micaela in Carmen by G. Bizet in Katowice (2003), Tatiana in Evgeny Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky in Katowice (2003), Halka in Halka by S. Moniuszko in Cracow (2004), Leonora in Il Trovatore by G. Verdi in Cieszyn (2004) during the Viva Il Canto Festival.

Since 2004 she has been the soloist with the Cracow Opera. She has also recorded for Polish Radio and Television as well as for CD labels. Alongside opera appearances, Ewa Biegas has been invited to perform oratorio concerts in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Spain, Germany, Switzerland with renowned Polish and European orchestras, and among them the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (NOSPR), the Orchestra of the Silesian Opera, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Torun Philharmonic, the Czestochowa Philharmonic, the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Music Seminar Orchestra and the Polish National Philharmonic.

JADWIGA RAPPÉ

A prominent Polish alto. She graduated from the Warsaw University, where she studied at the Department of Slavonic Philology. During her university years she started taking singing lessons at the Chopin Music High School with Zofia Brégy. She continued her vocal studies with Jerzy Artysz and received a diploma with the highest distinction from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.

In 1980 Rappé won the 1st prize at the J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig (Germany), and in 1981 the gold medal at the Festival of Young Soloists in Bordeaux (France). She has appeared in concerts and sung recitals around the world ever since. She has given performances in such venues as Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington D.C.

She has performed with such excellent maestros as Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sir Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Marek Janowski, Bernard Haitink, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Mscislaw Rostropovitch, Klaus Tennstedt, Leopold Hager, Riccardo Chailly, Anton Guadagno and Antoni Wit. The orchestras she has sung with include Wiener Philharmoniker, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, RIAS-Sinfonieorchester, Concertus Musicus, Nouvelle Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, ORF-Sinfonieorchester, National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (NOSPR). She has been invited by following festivals: Festival de Paris, Steirischer Herbst, Festival d'Orange, Brucknerfest Linz, Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe, Ludwigsburger Schlofestspiele, International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and The Warsaw Autumn.

Jadwiga Rappé excels in oratorio-cantata singing and her repertoire includes the most famous works of this genre, from baroque, through romantic to contemporary music (with highlights such as Penderecki's Polish Requiem and Te Deum). Her song repertoire is just as wide, encompassing contemporary composers, among them T. Baird, A. Panufnik and W. Lutoslawski. By 1992 she had co-operated with the famous chamber pianist Maja Nosowska-Paslawska. In that year she started appearing with Ewa Poblocka as her accompanist.

Jadwiga Rappé's opera career began on the Mlynarski Stage at the Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (Polish National Opera) in Warsaw, where she performed the leading part in Händel's Amadigi di Gaula. Her present repertoire includes numerous opera parts, to mention Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Mrs. Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, Ciecha in Ponchielli's Gioconda and Countess in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades. The part of Erda in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, she sang at the Deutsche Oper (also during its Japanese tour), at Covent Garden, the Brussels Royal Opera and at the Festival d'Orange. It was her great success and was recorded for EMI under the baton of Bernard Haitink. In January 1997 Jadwiga Rappé participated in the world premiere of Penderecki's The Seven Gates of Jerusalem with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Jadwiga Rappé has recorded for BMG Music, EMI, Teldec, Orfeo, Polskie Nagrania, Polskie Radio/KOS and CD ACCORD.

ADAM ZDUNIKOWSKI

Born in Warsaw. His contact with music began at the age of seven, when he sang in the Lutnia boys' choir in Warsaw. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw in the solo singing class under the tutelage of Roman Wegrzyn (1991). He took part in the Ada Sari Vocal Art Competition in Nowy Sacz, where he was awarded an honorable mention. He is the winner of the 3rd prize in the 1st Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw and the 1st prize at the 6th Tenor Competition in Szczecin.

He made his debut in 1990, on the stage of Warsaw's Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (Polish National Opera) as Clem in Britten's The Little Sweep. Since then, he has constantly expanded his repertoire, which currently encompasses 35 operatic parts. In 1990 he commenced his collaboration with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, which resulted in his participation in Mozart Festivals in the years 1990, 1991, 1996 and 1998.

Zdunikowski also possesses a wealthy repertoire of cantata and oratorio parts and gives numerous recitals. His most important artistic achievements of recent years include participation in the European premiere of Noam Sheriff's Psalms of Jerusalem under the direction of the composer himself (1996), the Polish premiere of the concert version of Ponchielli's opera I Lituani, Rossini's Stabat Mater under the direction of Nello Santi, the world premiere of Stefani's Stabat Mater under the direction of Grzegorz Nowak, Beethoven's 9th Symphony under the direction of Jerzy Semkow at the final concert celebrating 25 years of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra.

He regularly appears in all important music theatres in Poland. In 1996 he started working with the Staatsoper in Hamburg with which he performed during its Japanese tour in May 1996. In the 1998 concert season, he also established collaboration with Narodni Divadlo (the National Theatre) in Prague. He has performed under the baton of such prominent conductors as: Nello Santi, Jiri Belohlavek, Jonas Kovacs, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Noam Sheriff and Krzysztof Penderecki.

PIOTR NOWACKI

This Polish bass graduated from the Lodz Academy of Music in 1985. He has won prizes in the Moniuszko Vocal Competition in Warsaw (1984), the 1st prize in the Vocal Competion in Kudowa Zdroj, the 3rd prize in Adam Didur Competition in Bytom and the 1st prize in Jan Kiepura Competition in Krynica. He was also the laureate of the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia and the finalist of the Belvedere International Vocal Competition in Vienna. The latter success brought him to Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he debuted in the leading role in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1987). He was subsequently invited to sing the part of Wurm in Verdi's Luisa Miller, along with Luciano Pavarotti. He has then frequently appeared at the Royal Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Flanders Opera in Antwerp. In 1995 he sang the part of Walton in Bellini's I Puritani at Teatro la Fenice in Venice, where he was also invited to perform in Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa. In June 1998 he sang the part of Mefisto in Gounod's opera Faust. In Poland he established regular collaboration with Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (Polish National Opera) in Warsaw, where he performed in Mozart's Don Giovanni under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk.

Piotr Nowacki devotes much time in his career to oratorio music. He has participated in the performances of Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem (in Granada, Canary Islands, Seville - at Expo'92, Poland, Israel) and St. Lucas Passion (in Germany and Austria). In May 1998, he sang the solo part in Mahler's 8th Symphony in Winnipeg (Canada). He has taken part in many oratorio concerts and has appeared at international festivals in Edinburgh, Granada and Puerto Rico. He took part in recording the film versions of G. Rossini's La cambiale di matrrimonio and La Equivoco stravagante.

In recent seasons, he has performed in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (Pimen) and Dvořák's Dmitri (Job) at the Munich Opera, Monteverdi's Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, Puccini's Tosca and Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier at the Flanders Opera in Antwerp, moreover he sang in Bologna and Wiesbaden. He is a soloist of the Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa (Polish National Opera) in Warsaw. He has sung the parts of Klingsor in Wagner's Parsifal, Zbigniew in Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor (2001), Archbishop in Szymanowski's King Roger (2000), Lodovico in Verdi's Othello (2001), Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni (2002), Brander in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust (2003), Cesare Angelotti in Puccini's Tosca (2004) and Surin in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades (2004).

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