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Dariusz Pietrzykowski - a promising tenor

lyric tenor

A new promising figure of the Polish opera

...He is a new promising figure of the Polish opera... The critics write with recognition about his technical self-confidence as well as the nobility and the pure timbre of his voice... - wrote Adam Czopek about the young singer as early as in 2000. And indeed: as the years go by, the artist keeps on developing his talent, enriches his repertoire and gains confidence and experience on the scene. I think that we will soon hear about him, on the condition that he keeps on managing his artistic activity as wisely as he does at present.

The vocal education

Dariusz Pietrzykowski began his musical education in Musical High School in Kalisz (under the tutelage of prof. Lidia Małachowicz) and continued it in The Musical Academy in Bydgosz (in prof. Jan Kunert's class) from which he graduated with a distinction in 1995. He also improved his musical skills by participating in Fedora Barbieri's master courses.

During his vocal studies he already performed on the scene of Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz, playing smaller parts, such as that of Gustav in Lehar's The Land of Smiles or that of Pongo in Puccini's Turandot. However, what he considers as his scenic debut is the role of Tamino performed in Cracow Opera (26.05.1996). This role was often performed by him later on, also on the scene of The Grand Theatre in Łódź.

The reviewers wrote: Dariusz Pietrzykowski performed the role of Tamino without fault. He was singing with an excellent sense of Mozart style (M. Lenarciński) and: Attention should be paid to Dariusz Pietrzykowski, performing the role of Tamino. Expressive voice and an accurate interpretation of his part and role (R. Sas).

Stage experiences

The young artist gained his first scenic experience on the scene of Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz with which he was bound in the years 1995-2000.

Since the 2000/01 season he has been a soloist of The Grand Theatre in Łódź. He also performs as a guest soloist in the operas in Szczecin, Cracow, Wrocław and Poznań. He participates in numerous tournees of Polish operatic theatres, which allows him to perform in Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland. The young artist's opera repertoire is relatively rich for his age: Edgar in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ismael in Nabucco, Alfred in Traviata, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Faust in Mefistofel, Fenton in Falstaff.

The singer's last premiere was Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor in an outdoor setting of Cracow Opera in The Castle of Niepołomice. Dariusz Pietrzykowski sang (not for the first time, anyway) a characteristic part of Damazy and his interpretation, particularly vocal, was recognized as interesting.

The concert repertoire

However, the artist's performances are not restricted only to opera scene and repertoire. Dariusz Pietrzykowski can be also heard on the philharmonic stage: J. S. Bach's Magnificat and Great Mass in h-minor, Beethoven's Mess in c-major and IX Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, W. A. Mozart's Coronation Mass and Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Honegger's King David, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle - these are only a few titles coming form his concert repertoire.

The lyrical tenor

Dariusz Pietrzykowski possesses a well-trained and nice-sounding lyrical tenor. He sings with a technical self-confidence and the timbre of his voice is pure and noble, though maybe still too delicate. His intonation is faultless and his cantilena is performed very freely. In general, his interpretations do not evoke any criticism; on the contrary, they show great knowledge concerning the performed parts and a stylistic consequence of their performance.

We will observe tentatively the further career of this undoubtedly talented, very nice and communicative artist.

Jacek Chodorowski, TRUBADUR No 4 (25) X-XII 2002