BiographyBorn in 1995, Polish bass Hubert Kowalczyk is a graduate from the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, where he studied with Prof. Martin Bruns. He has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Tomasz Konieczny, Mariusz Kwiecień, Sergej Leiferkus and Neil Shicoff. He is a former member of the Opera Academy at Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw and studied at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali ‘Pietro Mascagni’ in Livorno.
Whilst still a student, he joined the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Hamburg, taking on roles such as Montano/Otello, Alcindoro/La Bohème, Brabantischer Edler/Lohengrin, conducted by Kent Nagano, Dottore Grenvil/La Traviata, Narumov/Pique Dame and D’Obigny/La Traviata.
Since last season Hubert Kowalczyk is a member of the main ensemble at Staatsoper Hamburg, appearing as Pistola/Falstaff, D’Obigny/La Traviata, Alter Diener in a new production of Elektra by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Kent Nagano, Hauptmann/Eugene Onegin, Count Ceprano/Rigoletto, Vollendeter Engel in a concert version of Schumann’s Faust-Szenen, also conducted by Kent Nagano, and Markus in Samuel Penderbayne’s Unser kleines Scheisskaff – Fucking Åmål.
Other engagements include Bartolo in a concert performance of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michał Klauza and as Collatinus in a concert performance of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Robin Ticciati, and, most recently, his role and house debut at the Bregenzer Festspiele as Haly in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri.
In 2022/23 Hubert Kowalczyk will return to Staatsoper Hamburg as Zuniga in a new production of Carmen, Don Bartolo/Le nozze di Figaro, 2.Geharnischter/Die Zauberflöte, Colline/La Bohème, Ein Hauptmann/Eugen Onegin, Il Conte di Ceprano/Rigoletto, Pistola/Falstaff, Pietro/Simone Boccanegra, Dottore Grenville/La Traviata and Luther/Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann. He most recently made his house debut as Zuniga at Staatsoper Berlin under Bertrand de Billy and will conclude the season with his house and role debut as Nourabad in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles at Opernhaus Zürich.
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