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Mariusz Kwiecień

Mariusz Kwiecień
Mikolaj Mikolajczyk

Mariusz Kwiecien is recognized worldwide as one of the leading baritones before the public today. Known for his handsome voice, incisive musicianship and captivating stage presence, he performs with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bavarian State Opera, and with many other renowned theaters around the world. He is in demand for his portrayals of the title role in Don Giovanni, King Roger, and Eugene Onegin, as well as for Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Riccardo in I puritani, and Rodrigo di Posa in Don Carlo.

Mr. Kwiecien’s 2015-2016 season begins with performances of the title role of Don Giovanni with the Vienna State Opera. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform roles in two new productions: Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and staged by Penny Woolcock, and the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux, mounted by David McVicar and under the baton of Maurizio Benini. In the spring of 2016, he sings Rodrigo in Don Carlo with the San Francisco Opera, led by music director Nicola Luisotti.

Last season, Mr. Kwiecien opened the season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Don Giovanni. At the Metropolitan Opera, he was heard as Marcello in La bohéme and the Count in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro. He sang the title role of King Roger with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also performed the title role of Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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