Jakub Józef Orliński

Counter Tenor


Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.

In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Orliński will make his house and role debut at Oper Frankfurt as the title character in Handel’s Rinaldo. He will then join Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on tour to sing the role of Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Château De Versailles and Festival de Saint-Denis. Concert appearances will include a tour of Handel’s Rinaldo as Eustazio with The English Concert led by Harry Bicket, a performance of Vivaldi’s music with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and Handel’s Messiah with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He will make his Wigmore Hall recital debut in the summer of 2018.

The 2016-17 season included performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and for his debut with the Houston Symphony. Mr. Orlinski performed in Flight, Jonathan Dove’s modern-day comedy, with Juilliard Opera. He also sang the role of Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina with Juilliard Opera in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima: Music and Arts From the Venetian Republic festival. He joined the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel’s Dixit Dominus. In addition, he made his debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli’s opera Erismena.

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“The Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński combined beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of color and polish across his range in selections by Britten and Handel.”

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

The New York Times

“The Endimione, Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, was the most striking singer in the eager young cast. A skillful actor with a handsome face and figure, Orlinski has a congenially boyish presence; the role of the shepherd who pines for the goddess Diana gave Orlinski few opportunities for the florid music that is evidently his specialty, but he phrases with professional-quality musicality and intelligence… He is clearly an artist to watch.”

F. Paul Driscoll


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“The countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski was the most appealing of the men.”

James R. Oestreich, The New York Times 

“As the shepherd, countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski did some very lovely singing.”

Richard Sasanow, Broadway World