Jakub Józef Orliński

Counter Tenor

Biography

“Orlinski is the real countertenor deal, one of the best I’ve heard on the operatic (or any other) stage: an exceptional legato, no loss of power in the lower reaches, attentive diction, superb histrionic flair. He has, in short, raised the bar decisively for what we can expect of this voice type in this repertory.” Roger Parker, Opera, October 2019

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński has established himself as one of the world’s leading artists, triumphing on stage, in concert, and on recording. An exclusive artist on the Warner/Erato label, his first rcording, entitled Anima Sacra, earned him the prestigious Opus Klassik award for Solo Vocal Recording, while his second, Facce d’amore, earned him the Recording (Solo Recital) of the Year at the 2021 International Opera Awards. His sold-out concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States have attracted new followers to the art form, and his live performance of Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto,” filmed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, has amassed more than seven million online views. Television appearances, including the “Concert de Paris” at the Eiffel Tower and “Rebâtir Notre Dame de Paris,” both with the Orchestre National de France and Les Victoires de la Musique Classique awards concert accompanied by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, have been broadcast to millions worldwide. In 2019, he was the subject of a major profile in The New Yorker and featured in Polish Vogue. His third album – entitled Anima Aeterna, featuring sacred arias and motets from the Baroque era – will be released in October 2021 and toured throughout Europe with Il Pomo d’Oro.

In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Orliński makes his much anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Orpheus’s Double in the Met premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He also makes his house and role debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Didymus in Handel’s Theodora in a new production by Katie Mitchell. On the concert stage, he joins Il Pomo d’Oro for two European tours featuring his new album, Anima Aeterna, with stops in Bayreuth, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, and Barcelona, as well as Ensemble Matheus and conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi for performances in Bratislava and at the Lednice-Valtice Music Festival. In recital, he embarks on his first tour of North America, featuring performances at Spivey Hall in Atlanta, The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, Stanford Live, Portland Friends of Chamber Music, the Vancouver Recital Society, and the Club musical de Québec, and subsequently tours Europe, with stops at the Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, Oper Frankfurt, and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, joined by his longtime collaborator, pianist Michał Biel. He performs on three occasions at Wigmore Hall as part of a season-long residency.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Orliński joined Il Pomo d’Oro for concerts in Hamburg, Essen, Budapest, Trento, and Lyon, featuring selections from his critically acclaimed album Facce d’amore. He later rejoined the ensemble for additional performances, including at Vesailles, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the Festival Castell de Peralada. Other concert engagments included a Baroque program with Il Giardino d’Amore in Barcelona, Bilbao, Castellón, and Madrid; a program entitled Pasticcio with Les Arts Florissants, alongside mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and led by William Christie; and performances in Poland, with Capella Cracoviensis. He also reunited with pianist Michał Biel for recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Bydgoszcz, Poland. Engagements canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic included his house and role debut at the Berlin Staatsoper as Farnace in a new production of Mitridate, re di Ponto; a repetition of Farnace with Les Musiciens du Louvre in cities including Paris, Barcelona, Valencia, and Moscow; a tour of Handel’s Tamerlano with The English Concert traveling to Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, the Barbican Centre, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Theater an der Wien.

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Reviews

“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 Orliński 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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