Polish baritone Artur Rucinski made his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season, singing Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for one performance. In the 2015/16 Season he sings Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) for The Royal Opera. He has previously sung this role for Zürich Opera and Hamburg State Opera.
Rucinski was born in Warsaw and studied at the Academy of Music there. He made his debut at the Warsaw National Theatre in 2002 as Eugene Onegin, a role that he went on to perform at Berlin State Opera under Barenboim in 2010, with Villazón as Lensky. Since 2010 he has appeared for many major opera companies, his appearances including the title role of Król Roger for Liceu, Barcelona, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for Berlin State Opera, Giorgio Germont for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Arena di Verona, Ford (Falstaff) and Don Giovanni for Opéra-Bastille, Count di Luna (Il trovatore) for Salzburg Festival, Arena di Verona and La Fenice, Venice, Francesco di Moor (I masnadieri) in Naples and for La Fenice and the Parma Verdi Festival, Don Pasquale and Lescaut (Manon) in Valencia, Marcello (La bohème) for Los Angeles Opera, Eugene Onegin in Bologna and Warsaw, Tadeusz (The Passenger) for Bregenz Festival and Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) for La Scala, Milan.
In concert, Rucinski has appeared in Paris, Oslo, Dresden, Vienna, Berlin, London and many other major cities, singing repertory ranging from Handel’s Messiah to Penderecki’s Lukas Passion. He sang Britten’s War Requiem at a major memorial concert in Gdánsk under Marriner.
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