Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jakub Józef Orliński: A star is rising in the world of opera

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The Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński combined beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of color and polish across his range in selections by Britten and Handel.

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, March 2016.


We could have banged through it, but we're taking the time to get it right. The quality of the performance attested to that care, with standout turns by Oliver Mercer, tenor, as Jephtha and Jakub Jozef Orlinski, countertenor, as Hamor.

The New York Times, "Jephtha", The Handel Project, by James R. Oestreich, 12th of March 2017.


When the Bach so beloved of St Paul's audiences announced his presence with the opening of Cantata "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust", BWV 170, a warm bath in his best lullaby mode. Jakub Józef Orliński, a fine young countertenor, sang this and other works beautifully.

The New York Times, "Bach at One", by James R. Oestreich, 10th of March 2017.


The standout of the evening was Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. Every note he sang and each expressive element of his arias was spectacularly executed. "But who may abide" had a tender opening with a magical tone. Register changes were seamless and effortless. In "He was despised" Orliński sang with understated emotion that drew the listener in, plumbing a striking level of expressive pathos. This young singer, still a student at Juilliard, clearly has an exciting future.

George Frideric Handel: Messiah, with Houston Symphony and Chorus , by Lawrence Wheeler (Texas Classical Review), 17th of December 2016.


The Endimione, Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, was the most striking singer in the eager young cast. A skillful actor with a handsome face and figure, Orliński has a congenially boyish presence; the role of the shepherd who pines for the goddess Diana gave Orliński few opportunities for the florid music that is evidently his specialty, but he phrases with professional-quality musicality and intelligence... He is clearly an artist to watch.

F. Paul Driscoll (Opera News), March 2016.


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The countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński was born in 1990 in Warsaw. Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.

The 2016-2017 season includes performances of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and for his debut with the Houston Symphony. Mr. Orliński performs in Flight, Jonathan Dove's modern-day comedy, with Juilliard Opera. He will join the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel's Dixit Dominus. He makes his debut with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli's opera Erismena, and appears for the first time with Oper Frankfurt this season.

While in Poland, Mr. Orliński performed the roles of Cupid in Venus & Adonis by Blow and Narciso in Agrippina by Handel. While in Germany, he performed the role of Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina in Aachen and Cottbus, performed select Purcell songs with ballet at the Leipzig Opera House, and Philippus in Telemann's Der Misslungene Braut-Wechsel oder Richardus I (based on Handel's Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra) in Giessen.

Mr. Orliński has triumphed in several vocal competitions: the 1st Place Winner at the Oratorio Society of New York's 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, the 1st and 2nd annual International Early Music Vocal Competitions in Poland, where he received "Special Mention" and "Special Prize", respectively, first prize at Rudolf Petrák's Singing Competition in Slovakia, 3rd place at the Debut Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the 8th Annual Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, and 3rd place at Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, Romania.

While working toward his Master's degree in vocal performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious young artist program: Opera Academy at Polish National Opera in Warsaw. He is currently working toward his Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.

In his spare time, Mr. Orliński enjoys breakdancing, in addition to other styles of dance. His achievements in this arena include prizes in many dance competitions: 4th place at the Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher competition, 2nd place on the Stylish Strike - Top Rock Contest and 2nd place at The Style Control competition, among others. He has also been featured in a commercial for the street wear company CROPP, as well as featured as a dancer, model and acrobat in campaigns for Levi's, Nike, Turbokolor, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, MAC Cosmetics, Danon and Algida.

Source: jakubjozeforlinski.com




Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Aria Oronte "Fara la mia spada" from the opera "Il Tigrane", RV 740

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Cappella di Ospedale della Pietà Venezia
Director, Lead Violin: Stefan Plewniak

CD recorded – Evoe Records

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Aria Lotario "Sento in seno ch'in pioggia di lagrime" from the opera "Tieteberga", RV 737

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Cappella di Ospedale della Pietà Venezia
Director, Lead Violin: Stefan Plewniak

CD recorded – Evoe Records

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Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)

♪ Song "U Jeziorecka" from 12 Kurpian Songs, Op.58

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Michał Biel, piano

Live audition from the 1st round of The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (9-14 May 2016) in Warsaw at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa.

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

♪ Aria Arsace "Furibondo spira il vento" from the opera "Partenope", HWV 27

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Michał Biel, piano

Live audition from the 1st round of The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (9-14 May 2016) in Warsaw at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa.

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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

♪ Aria Oberon "I know a bank" from the opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Michał Biel, piano

Live audition from the Semi-Final of The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (9-14 May 2016) in Warsaw at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa.

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

♪ Aria Tamerlano "A dispetto d'un volto ingrato" from the opera "Tamerlano", HWV 18

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera
Conductor: Andriy Yurkevych

Live audition from the Final of of The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition (9-14 May 2016) in Warsaw at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa.

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Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

♪ Recitativo and aria Endimione "Erme, e solinghe cime / Lucidissima face" from the opera "La Calisto".

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Ensemble L'Arpeggiata / Christina Pluhar

Excerpt from live concert which took place in TivoliVredenburg concert hall, during Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht on 30th of August 2016.

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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Aria Anastasio "Vedro con mio diletto", from the opera "Il Giustino".

Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Alphonse Gemin, piano

Live recording from Aix-en-Provence, from the special broadcast of Carrefour de Lodéon, on 8th of july 2017.

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