Polish bass Lukas Jakobski was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera 2009–11, singing roles including Tall Englishman (The Gambler), Cesare Angelotti (Tosca), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra) and King of Egypt (Aida) for the Company. He has since sung Pistol (Falstaff), Greek Captain (Les Troyens) and Don Profundo (Il viaggio a Reims, Jette Parker Young Artists Tenth Anniversary Concert) for the Company.
Jakobski grew up in Poznán and studied bassoon and singing there and singing at the Royal College of Music. Engagements since leaving the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme include Hobson (Peter Grimes) for Theater an der Wien, Colline (La bohème) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Cook (L’Amour des trois oranges) for Dutch National Opera, Pistol in concert with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Church Parables with Mahogany Opera on tour to St Petersburg, in Southwark Cathedral and at the Buxton and Aldeburgh festivals, Pietro and Voice of Neptune (Idomeneo) for Opéra de Lyon and Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) for Iford Arts.
Jakobski’s concert appearances have included Panthus (Les Troyens) in concert at the Barbican under Valery Gergiev, Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, St John Passion with Polyphony under Stephen Layton and the Dunedin Consort under John Butt and St Matthew Passion with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under Stephen Cleobury and with the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague.
Lukas Jakobski as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra
Alasdair Elliott, Ambrogio Maestri and Lukas Jakobski in Falstaff
Lukas Jakobski in Lucrezia Borgia in the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, The Royal Opera
Lukas Jakobski, Alasdair Elliott, Luis Gomes, Roland Wood and Peter Hoare in Falstaff