Jakub Józef Orliński

Counter Tenor

Biography

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.  He has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, prompting the New York Times to write: “Jakub Józef Orliński combined beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of color and polish across his range.” Autumn of 2018 sees the greatly anticipated release of his debut album, Anima Sacra, a recital of 18th-century rediscovered sacred arias with the baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’oro, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, with Erato/Warner Classics.

Orliński’s star rose rapidly following major competition wins on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council in 2016 and the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition in 2015.  In the summer of 2017, he was catapulted to international prominence when his poignant live performance of Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto” on France Musique quickly amassed more than two million views.

Highlights of the 2018-19 season include a multi-city, international recital tour with Il Pormo d’oro, promoting the release of Mr. Orliński’s debut album, as well as his Carnegie Hall solo concert debut featuring members of New York Baroque Incorporated. He will be presented in recital by the Fundacío Vicotria de los Ángeles in Barcelona and will sing additional concerts in Pennsylvania and Louisiana.   He debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah and Montreal Bach Festival in a program of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi arias. On the opera stage, Mr. Orliński will debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo, and returns to Oper Frankfurt to reprise his dynamic portrayal of the title role in the same piece.  He will return to Oper Frankfurt as Unulfo in Rodelinda, which will also serve as his role and house debut with Opéra de Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm.

The 2017-18 season included critically lauded solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Pierre Cardin’s Festival De Lacoste, Festival de Musique Chambre de Saint-Paul de Vence, and Festival Nits de Clássica in Girona, Spain. He made his house and role debut with Opera Frankfurt in the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo, and debuted with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena, which was subsequently performed on tour at the Château De Versailles and Festival de Saint-Denis. He was featured in a concert tour of Handel’s Rinaldo with The English Concert under the baton of Harry Bicket, debuted at Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in a program of Vivaldi excerpts conducted by Jane Glover, and joined Capella Cracoviensis for performances of Handel’s Samson.

Mr. Orliński made Carnegie Hall appearances in Handel’s Messiah with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and performed the piece for his debuts with the Houston Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra. He joined the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel’s Dixit Dominus. While a student at Juilliard, he performed the roles of the The Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima: Music and Arts From the Venetian Republic festival.

Mr. Orliński has triumphed in multiple vocal competitions winning first place at the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, second prize in the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition, the first and second annual International Early Music Vocal Competitions in Poland, where he received “Special Mention” and “Special Prize,” respectively, first prize at Rudolf Petrák’s Singing Competition in Slovakia, third place at the Debut Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the Eighth Annual Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, and third place at Le Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest, Romania.

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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

OPERA NEWS

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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