Tadeusz Szlenkier uses his strong, warm sounding tenor voice effortlessly, singing with great culture and ease.

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Tadeusz Szlenkier, 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.

Tadeusz Szlenkier is an exceptionally versatile artist, he has a rich repertoire, ranging from Mozart, through bel canto to verismo. in the years 2010-2017 he was collaborating with Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz in Poland where he sung such parts as: Alfredo in G. Verdi’s La traviata, Rodolfo in G. Puccini’s La bohème, the Prince in A. Dvorak’s Rusalka, Enzo in A. Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, Tamino in W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Barinkay in J. Strauss’s Der Zigeunerbaron, and Alfred in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. During his career he also performed such significant parts as Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera by G. Verdi, Leicester in Maria Stuarda by G. Donizetti, Jontek in Halka by S. Moniuszko, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini. The artist performs also with oratorio repertoire such as Messa da Requiem by G. Verdi, Symphony No. 9 by L. v. Beethoven, and Requiem by W. A. Mozart.

In March 2008, Tadeusz Szlenkier was invited by Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka to take part in a concert performance of an opera Lodoïska by L. Cherubini during the 12th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw. The recording of this concert was later nominated to the prestigious Fryderyk award. In July 2008, Tadeusz Szlenkier performed as the Shepherd in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger during the Bard Summer Festival in Annandale-On-Hudson NY. It was the first staged performance of this opera in the United States.

In 2010, Tadeusz Szlenkier represented his country by taking part in concerts organized during EXPO World Exhibition in Shanghai. In May 2012 the artist performed the title role in Idomeneo by W. A. Mozart at the Teatro Municipal in Lima in Peru. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 Tadeusz was enthusiastically acclaimed as a soloist at the international Music Festival Musica em Trancoso in Brazil. In February 2015 Tadeusz Szlenkier made his debut on the stage of the Polish National Opera singing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Also in 2015 Tadeusz Szlenkier recorded a new CD album called Parlami d’amore, with most beautiful Italian songs. In November 2015, Tadeusz Szlenkier sung the role of Stefan in The Haunted Manor by S. Moniuszko at the Polish National Opera. The new production was staged by David Pountney, and was broadcasted live by TheOperaPlatform.eu. In 2017 he debuted at the Nederlandse Reisopera as Rodolfo in G. Puccini’s La bohème.

In the 2017/2018 season Tadeusz Szlenkier debuted in the part of Eros in premiere production of L. Różycki’s opera Eros i Psyche at the Polish National Opera. On the same stage he sung Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and he will perform Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Mr Szlenkier also debuted as Don José in G. Bizet’s Carmen at the Wrocław Opera.

Tadeusz Szlenkier worked with such conductors as: 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: Lech Majewski, Marc Verzatt, Thor Steingraber, Waldemar Zawodziński, Janusz Józefowicz, Kristine Wuss, Dieter Kaegi, Andrzej Bubień and David Pountney.


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
G. Puccini, Madama Butterfly, Pinkerton

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

Oratorio Repertoire

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

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