Polish bass Wojtek Gierlach makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as the Priest (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk).
Gierlach studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw. He has won many international prizes including the Premio Caruso. He appears regularly for Polish National Opera, Krakow Opera, Opera Podlaska, Warsaw Chamber Opera and Poznan Opera, in roles including Gesler (Guillaume Tell), Selim (Il turco in Italia), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Claudio (Agrippina), Imeneo (Imeneo), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and King of Clubs (The Love for Three Oranges). Engagements elsewhere include Alidoro (La Cenerentola) in Seville and for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Danish National Opera, Sir Giorgio (I puritani) for Danish National Opera and Welsh National Opera, Melisso (Alcina) for Royal Danish Theatre, Opéra National de Bordeaux and with The English Concert on tour in Europe and the USA, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Assur (Semiramide) for Royal Danish Theatre and Oroveso (Norma) for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon.
In concert, Gierlach regularly performs Penderecki’s vocal works under the baton of the composer, and has also appeared with Helmuth Rilling at Konzerthaus Berlin, with the Ulster Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and at the National Philharmonic, Warsaw. His concert repertory ranges from Handel’s oratorios and the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Rossini to contemporary music such as Felix Nowowiejski’s Quo vadis. His discography includes Guillaume Tell (Deutsche Grammophon) and Mosè in Egitto, La donna del lago and Meyerbeer’s Semiramide (Naxos).