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, and in the 2014/15 Season returns to sing Pistol.
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 Colline (La bohème) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Cook (L’Amour des trois oranges) for Dutch National Opera, Britten’s Church Parables with Mahogany Opera on tour to St Petersburg, in Southwark Cathedral and at the Buxton and Aldeburgh festivals, Pietro 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.