Polish countertenor, Jan Jakub Monowid, is an artist with an unusual, powerful and rich voice and extraordinary stage charisma.
Countertenor, Jan Jakub Monowid, completed his education at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw under the tutelage of Professor Jerzy Artysz. He is a laureate of the Jan Kiepura Theatrical Music Award in the category The Best Singer, as well as Second Prize at the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award – Countertenor Competition. In 2011 he was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Opernhaus Zürich.
In 2004, Jan Jakub Monowid made his operatic debut in the part of Ottone in C. Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and since than he is permanently cooperating with this venue. On its stage he has sung baroque repertoire (the title role in Orlando, Goffredo in Rinaldo and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in Egitto by G. F. Händel), classical repertoire (Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, Farnace in Mitridate, re di Ponto, Ascanio in Ascanio in Alba by W. A. Mozart), 19th century repertoire (the title role in G. Rossini’s Tancredi) and modern repertoire (Z. Krauze’s Polieukt, E. Pałłasz’s Ja, Kain and L’Ospite in S. Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici).
The artist cooperated also with Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, Polish National Opera and Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. As a soloist of the International Opera Studio in Zurich he performed the part of Oberon in B. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Opernhaus Zürich.
In the 2017/2018 season, Jan Jakub Monowid, took part in the world premiere of Tango composed by M. Dobrzyński at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and a new production of Sąd Ostateczny by K. Knittel at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. He has performed the part of Annio in La clemenza di Tito and the title part in Imeneo by W. A. Mozart at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. In June 2018 he came back in the part of L’Ospite in Luci mie traditrici at the New Opera Days Ostrava at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre. The 2018/2019 season is marked with his debut in the part of Horse-Sailor at the Grand Theatre in Łódź in a world premiere of an opera composed by the laureate of the International Opera Composition Competition The Man from Manufaktura – Rafał Janiak.
Jan Jakub Monowid appears on a growing number of CD recordings, amongst which some of the most interesting are a unique collection of Polish baroque – complete works of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki and Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński published by „Pro Musica Camerata” Foundation and a recording of a live performance of Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. To his credit he also has numerous recordings of modern music such as: Sonnets for countertenor and symphonic orchestra by M.-A. Dalbavie, And Farewell Goes Out Sighing by G. Kancheli also for a countertenor with symphonic orchestra, Lamentacja and Brewiarz for a male soprano and string quartet by Z. Penherski, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo by B. Britten and Shakespeare’s Sonnets by P. Mykietyn.
Updated March 2019
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B. Britten, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oberon
M. Dobrzyński, Operetka, Fior
M. Dobrzyński, Tango, Artur
C. W. Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, Orfeo
G. F. Händel, Ariodante, Polinesso
G. F. Händel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Ptolemeo
G. F. Händel, Imeneo, Tirinto
G. F. Händel, Orlando, Orlando
G. F. Händel, Rinaldo, Goffredo
K. Knittel, Sąd Ostateczny, Tomaso Portinari
Z. Krauze, Polieukt, Polieukt
Z. Krauze, Olympia of Gdansk, Robespierre
C. Monteverdi, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Ottone
W. A. Mozart, Apollo et Hyacinthus, Apollo
W. A. Mozart, Ascanio in Alba, Ascanio
W. A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte, Dritter Knabe
W. A. Mozart, La clemenza di Tito, Annio
W. A. Mozart, La finta giardiniera, Ramiro
W. A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Cherubino
W. A. Mozart, Mitridate, re di Ponto, Farnace
E. Pałłasz, Ja, Kain, Kain
D. Przybylski, Orphée, Young Orphée
G. Rossini, Tancredi, Tancredi
S. Sciarrino, Luci mie traditrici, L'Ospite
R. Statkowski, Maria, Pachole
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Prince Orlofsky