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Tadeusz Szlenkier, Polish spinto tenor, graduated from philosophy at the University of Warsaw, and vocal studies at Yale University. In 2005 he won the First Prize at the International Vocal Competition Klassik-Mania in Vienna.

His stage debut took place in the year 2005 at the Krakow Opera, where he performed Alfred in Die Fledermaus. A year later, he performed for the first time the part of Gustavo in a premiere performance of Un ballo in maschera at the Grand Theatre in Poznań, after which he appeared at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz as Ismaele in Nabucco. In 2008, Tadeusz Szlenkier was invited by Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka to take part in a concert performance of L. Cherubini’s opera Lodoïska during the 12th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. The same year, Tadeusz Szlenkier performed as the Shepherd in King Roger during the Bard Summer Festival in Annandale-On-Hudson NY. There also he has sung the tenor solo in the first American stage presentation of K. Szymanowski’s ballet, Harnasie.

In the years 2010-2017 he was a soloist of the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz in Poland, where he has sung such parts as: the Prince of Mantua in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La traviata, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Prince in Rusalka or Enzo in La Gioconda. During his career he has also performed such significant parts as Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Jontek in Halka and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Other significant points in his career worth mentioning are representing his country by taking part in concerts organized during EXPO World Exhibition in Shanghai in 2010 and, two years later, performing the title role in Idomeneo at the Teatro Municipal in Lima in Peru.

In 2015 Tadeusz Szlenkier made his debut on the stage of the Polish National Opera singing Pinkerton. He came back to this stage on numerous occasions with the parts of Stefan in The Haunted Manor and Prince of Mantua.

Tadeusz Slenkier’s debuts in the 2017/2018 season include the title role in a premiere production of L. Różycki’s opera Eros i Psyche at the Polish National Opera, the part of Don José in Carmen at the Wrocław Opera, as well as stage debut at the Nederlandse Reisopera as Rodolfo. The 2018/2019 season, Mr. Szlenkier has began as a soloist of the Staatstheater Nürnberg in Germany with the part of Kuragin in War and Peace, followed by the part of Doctor in Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Pinkerton, as well as his debut in the tenor part in B. Britten’s War Requiem.

Artist’s engagements for the 2019/2020 season include parts of Le Chevalier des Grieux in Manon, Ismaele in Nabucco, Sinodal in The Demon and title part in Don Carlo at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, as well as Pinkerton at the Polish National Opera, the Prince in Rusalka and Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

Tadeusz Szlenkier worked with such conductors as: Joana Mallwitz, Patrick Fournillier, Guido Johannes Rumstadt, Edward Cumming, Leon Botstein, Giuseppe Grazioli, Jeremy Silver, Antoni Wit, Uwe Theimer, Eraldo Salmieri, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Maciej Figas, Ruben Silva, Wojciech Rajski, Andrzej Knap, Jose Maria Florencio, Ricardo Castro and Claudio Crus; and such directors as: Jens-Daniel Herzog, Tina Lanik, Lech Majewski, Marc Verzatt, Thor Steingraber, Waldemar Zawodziński, Janusz Józefowicz, Kristine Wuss, Dieter Kaegi, Andrzej Bubień and David Pountney.

The artist’s achievements include numerous recordings, amongst them: the opera Lodoïska by L. Cherubini, songs by O. Kolberga, as well as a solo album Parlami d’amore with the most beautiful Italian songs.

Updated October 2019
∗ This biography can be edited only by Studio Kultura


Opera Repertoire

G. Bizet, Carmen, Don José
G. Donizetti, Maria Stuarda, Leicester
A. Dvorak, Rusalka, The Prince
F. Lehar, Frühling, Lorenz
P. Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana, Turiddu
J. Massenet, Manon, Le chevalier des Grieux
S. Moniuszko, Halka, Jontek
S. Moniuszko, The Haunted Manor, Stefan
A. Ponchielli, La Gioconda, Enzo
S. Prokofiev, War and Peace, Kuragin
G. Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Pinkerton
G. Puccini, Tosca, Cavaradossi

L. Różycki, Eros i Psyche, Eros
A. Rubinstein, The Demon, Sinodal
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Alfred
J. Strauss, Der Zigeunerbaron, Barinkay
K. Szymanowski, King Roger, Shepherd
P. Tchaikovski, Eugene Onegin, Lensky
G. Verdi, Don Carlo, Don Carlo
G. Verdi, Nabucco, Ismaele
G. Verdi, Rigoletto, Duca di Mantova
G. Verdi, La traviata, Alfredo
G. Verdi, Un ballo in maschera, Riccardo

Oratorio Repertoire

L. v. Beethoven, Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II
L. v. Beethoven, Sypmhony No. 9
B. Britten, War Requiem
C. Franck, Missa in A major

K. Kurpiński, Te Deum
W. A. Mozart, Requiem
G. Verdi, Messa da Requiem