Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński releases Anima Sacra, his debut album on Erato, October 26, 2018. Featuring eleven Neapolitan arias, the album includes eight world premiere recordings of works from Nicola Fago, Francesco Durante, Francesco Feo, Domenico Sarro and Domingo Terradellas. Other arias are from Gaetano Schiassi, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Hasse, and Johann Heinichen. Accompanying Orliński on the album is the ensemble il pomo d'oro conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev.
Orliński, who was born in Warsaw, Poland and trained at the Juilliard School, was the 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. He was praised by The New York Times for combining "beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of color and polish across his range".
Orliński and il pomo d'oro go on an international recital tour, including performances in France, Belgium, and the United States. He will make his Carnegie Hall recital concert debut in January 2019 with members of New York Baroque Incorporated.
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Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729): Alma Redemptoris Mater
Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Sonata à Quattro
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Nisi Dominus
Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745): S'un sol lagrime
Nicola Fago (1677-1745): Tam non splendet
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sinfonia a 8 in A minor – Allegro
Johann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783): Mea tormenta properate
Nicola Fago: Alla gente dio diletta
Antonio Vivaldi: Sicut erat and amen (Nisi Dominus)
Antonio Vivaldi: Vedro con mio diletto
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor
Il Pomo d'Oro
Organ and direction: Francesco Corti
Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, France, November 16, 2018
Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński (b. 1990) is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stagecraft. He has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, prompting the New York Times to write: "Jakub Józef Orliński combined beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of color and polish across his range". Autumn of 2018 sees the greatly anticipated release of his debut album, Anima Sacra, a recital of 18th-century rediscovered sacred arias with the baroque ensemble Il Pomo d'oro, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, with Erato/Warner Classics.
Mr. Orliński's star rose rapidly following major competition wins on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council in 2016 and the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition in 2015. In the summer of 2017, he was catapulted to international prominence when his poignant live performance of Vivaldi's "Vedrò con mio diletto" on France Musique quickly amassed more than two million views.
Highlights of the 2018-2019 season include a multi-city, international recital tour with Il Pomo d'oro, promoting the release of Mr. Orliński's debut album, as well as his Carnegie Hall solo concert debut featuring members of New York Baroque Incorporated. He will be presented in recital by the Fundacío Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona and will sing additional concerts in Pennsylvania and Louisiana. He debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Handel's Messiah and Montreal Bach Festival in a program of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi arias. On the opera stage, Mr. Orliński will debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo, and returns to Oper Frankfurt to reprise his dynamic portrayal of the title role in the same piece. He will return to Oper Frankfurt as Unulfo in Rodelinda, which will also serve as his role and house debut with Opéra de Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm.
The 2017-2018 season included critically lauded solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, Pierre Cardin's Festival De Lacoste, Festival de Musique Chambre de Saint-Paul de Vence, and Festival Nits de Clássica in Girona, Spain. He made his house and role debut with Oper Frankfurt in the title role in Handel's Rinaldo, and debuted with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as Orimeno in Cavalli's Erismena, which was subsequently performed on tour at the Château De Versailles and Festival de Saint-Denis. He was featured in a concert tour of Handel's Rinaldo with The English Concert under the baton of Harry Bicket, debuted at Chicago's Music of the Baroque in a program of Vivaldi excerpts conducted by Jane Glover, and joined Capella Cracoviensis for performances of Handel's Samson.
Mr. Orliński made Carnegie Hall appearances in Handel's Messiah with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and performed the piece for his debuts with the Houston Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra. He joined the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel's Dixit Dominus. While a student at Juilliard, he performed the roles of the The Refugee in Jonathan Dove's Flight and Ottone in Handel's Agrippina in conjunction with Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima: Music and Arts From the Venetian Republic festival.
Mr. Orliński has triumphed in multiple vocal competitions winning first place at the Oratorio Society of New York's 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, second prize in the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition, the first and second 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, third place at the Debut Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the Eighth Annual Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, and third place at Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, Romania.
While completing his Master's degree in vocal performance studying with Anna Radziejewska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious young artist program Opera Academy in Teatr Wielki-Opera Narodowa where he studied with Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rexroth. Mr. Orliński earned 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: fourth place at the Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher competition, second place on the Stylish Strike – Top Rock Contest and second 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.
Jakub Józef Orliński is an exclusive Erato/Warner Classics artist.
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