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Tomasz Konieczny
Bass baritone

Season 21/22 Artist

Tomasz Konieczny was born in Lodz (Poland) and began his professional career as an actor. At the same time, he began to study voice at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and then at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden in the class of Christian Elssner. In 1998, he won the Carlsbad International Singing Competition. In 1997, he made his debut at the Poznan Opera in the role of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. In 2002, he joined the troupe of the National Theater in Mannheim, then, from 2006 to 2014, he was a member of the troupe of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein of Düsseldorf-Duisburg. In 2004, he received the Arnold Petersen Prize, an award given to upcoming young talents. He has made regular guest appearances at the Wagner Festival in Budapest, performing the roles of Amfortas (Parsifal), Wotan and the Wanderer (The Ring) and Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) under the direction of Adam Fischer. In 2008, he made debut appearances at the Dresden Semperoper (as Alberich in The Ring under the direction of Peter Schneider) and the Teatro Real in Madrid (as Kolenaty in The Makropulos Affair). Two years later, he would reprise the role of Alberich for his debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. In 2012, he made his Salzburg Festival debut singing the role of Stolzius in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. In 2015, he performed the title role of Wozzeck at the Chicago Opera. Since 2009 he has made numerous guest appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper performing a repertoire of roles that includes Alberich, Wotan, Jochanaan (Salomé), Telramund (Lohengrin), Mandryka (Arabella), Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West), Amfortas, the Dutchman, Scarpia (Tosca), Cardillac, Pizarro (Fidelio), and Kurwenal. In 2017, he sang the role of Telramund at the Paris Opera. Over the last few seasons, he has made debut appearances at Milan’s La Scala (the Commendatore in Don Giovanni), the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto (Mandryka), the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Wotan), the New National Theatre in Tokyo (the four demons in Les Contes d’Hoffmann), the Bayreuth Festival (Telramund), New York’s Metropolitan Opera (Alberich) and the Teatro Real de Madrid (Wotan).

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