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Polish tenor Maciej Kwaśnikowski began his musical training with countertenor Robert Nakoneczny in 2014. In 2015 he entered the Warsaw Opera Academy, where he worked with Izabella Kłosińska, Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rexroth. In 2017, in addition to his musical studies, he obtained a degree as an engineering physicist from the Poznan University of Technology.
That same year, he sang the role of Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with the Orchestre national d’Île de France and he joined the Paris Opera Academy, took part in the Young Singers Project of the Salzburger Festspiele and the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. At the Paris Opera Academy, he sang the roles of Alfred Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and the Young Man in Boesmans’s Reigen. He won the Cercle Carpeaux 2018 and the AROP 2019 Lyrical Awards.
He performed the soloist part of Bach, Handel and Mozart’s oratorios, and more particularly Schubert’s Mass in B minor with the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Salzburg Festival (2018) and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich (2019), both times with conductor Riccardo Muti.
In 2019 he joined the Lindemann Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where his debut and projects had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until season 2021.
Season 2021-22 saw a major debut at the Bastille Opera stage as Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, performed with Ludovic Tézier and Nadine Sierra. He then sang one of the Horsemen in Wagner’s Parsifal and, in-between, he made his debut as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Dijon Opera. During smumer 2022, he will return at the Salzburg Festival to perform Schubert’s Mass in B minor with the Camerata Salzburg, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Maciej Kwaśnikowski has been studying with tenor Neil Shicoff since 2016.
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