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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 then he has been permanently cooperating with this venue. The artist also appeared at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, the Polish National Opera and the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk. He has sung baroque repertoire (the title role in Orlando, Goffredo in Rinaldo and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare in Egitto), classical repertoire (Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, Farnace in Mitridate, re di Ponto, Ascanio in Ascanio in Alba), 19th century repertoire (the title role in Tancredi) and modern repertoire (Z. Krauze’s Polieukt, E. Pałłasz’s Ja, Kain and L’Ospite in S. Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici). As a soloist of the International Opera Studio in Zürich he performed the part of Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Opernhaus Zürich.
In the years 2017-2020 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 parts of Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and the title part in Imeneo and at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. He came back as L’Ospite in Luci mie traditrici to the New Opera Days Ostrava at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre. The artist debuted in the part of Horse-Sailor at the Grand Theatre in Łódź in a world premiere of an opera composed by Rafał Janiak, the laureate of the International Opera Composition Competition The Man from Manufaktura. His further debuts included Ottone in Agrippina at the Festival of Baroque Operas Dramma per musica in Warsaw, the title part in a world premiere of Alek Nowak’s opera Drach at the Auksodrone Festival in Poland, as well as the title part in a newly composed opera entitled Anhelli by Dariusz Pyrzybylski at the Grand Theatre in Poznań.
In the 2020/2021 season Jan Jakub Monowid performed Dantes innere Stimme in the world premiere of Inferno by Lucia Ronchetti at the Oper Frankfurt, main part in the world premiere of Keiko Fujiie’s Vermilion Calm, opera composed especially for his voice as well as the part of Ramiro in premiere production of La finta giardiniera at the Polish Royal Opera. The 2021/2022 season is marked with his come back to the Polish Royal Opera this time with the part of Goffredo in Rinaldo, as well as performance at NOSPR during the 9th Festival of Premieres “Polish Modern Music” in Family Album by Jerzy Kornowicz with the countertenor part composed especially for Jan Jakub Monowid’s voice. He will also come back to the Auksodrone Festival, to appear in Alek Nowak’s new opera Syrena. Melodrama Æterna.
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 September 2021
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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, Agrippina, Ottone
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, Anhelli, Anhelli
D. Przybylski, Orphée, Young Orphée
L. Ronchetti, Inferno, Dantes innere Stimme
G. Rossini, Tancredi, Tancredi
S. Sciarrino, Luci mie traditrici, L'Ospite
R. Statkowski, Maria, Pachole
J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Prince Orlofsky
A. Vivaldi, La verità in cimento, Melindo