Tomasz Konieczny


Tomasz Konieczny launched his international career as Alberich in The Ring at the Vienna State Opera, where he returns to sing Jokanaan in Salome, Mandryka in Arabella, Wotan in Die Walküre, Amfortas in Parsifal, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde.

He was born in Lodz in 1972, studied acting in his home town, and made his debut in Andrej Wajda's film The Ring with the Eagle before going on to work as an actor and director.

He began his vocal studies at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and continued them in Dresden.

In 1997 he made his opera debut as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at Poznan Opera in Poland. In 1998 he won the 33rd Dvo?ák International Vocal Competition in Carlsbad.  He was guest artist in Leipzig, St. Gallen, Chemnitz, and Mannheim. He was an opera company member at the National Theatre in Mannheim during the 2002-03 to 2005-06 seasons. Roles in Mannheim included Orest in Elektra, Pimen in Boris Godunov, Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Amfortas in Parsifal, Wotan in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Pizarro in Fidelio, Jokanaan in Salome, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Il Grande Inquisitore in Don Carlo.

In 2004 he was awarded the Arnold Petersen Award, a prize for outstanding young artists. As a guest he sang Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Wotan (Das Rheingold) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Since 2006, Tomasz Konieczny has been a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Roles in Düsseldorf and Duisburg include Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, Amfortas, Heinrich in Lohengrin, Kurwenal, Holländer in Der fliegende Holländer, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Selim in Il turco in Italia, Kecal in The Bartered Bride, Ramfis in Aida, Falstaff. 2011-12 Guest engagements take him to the Teatro Real, Madrid (Dr. Kolenatý in V?c Makropulos), Dresden‘s Semperoper (Alberich in Das Rheingold and Siegfried), the Opera Festival Wagner in Budapest (Kurwenal, Wanderer in Siegfried), the National Theatre in Prague (Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Amfortas in Parsifal), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Alberich), the Opéra National de Paris, Bavarian State Opera, and La Scala di Milano.

He is also much in demand in the concert hall, singing repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to Penderecki (examples include St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Dvo?ák's Stabat Mater, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Martin?'s Field Mass, Penderecki's St. Luke Passion and Seven Gates of Jerusalem, and Maciejewski's Missa Pro Defunctis) as well as Escamillo, Barak at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Mandryka in Arabella, Alberich, Trinity Moses in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Goldhändler in Cardillac at the Vienna State Opera; Biterolf in Tannhäuser at the Opéra National de Paris (Opéra Bastille); Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr. Miracle, Dappertutto in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Amfortas at the National Theatre in Prague.

March 2012
Tomasz Konieczny