BiographyThe young Polish bass Hubert Kowalczyk has been praised for his “powerful voice” (opernmagazin.de) and his “solid, dark bass” (onlinemerker.com). An ensemble member of Staatsoper Hamburg since 2021, he most recently gave his house debut as Nourabad in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles at Opernhaus Zürich, as Zuniga/Carmen at Staatsoper Berlin, under Bertrand de Billy, and as Haly in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at the Bregenzer Festspiele.
In 2023/24 Hubert Kowalczyk returns to Staatsoper Hamburg for role debuts as Polizeioffizier in Frank Castorf’s new production of Boris Godunov, 5. Jude in Dmitry Tcherniakov’s new production of Salomé, both conducted by Kent Nagano and Oroveso/Norma as well as Hausknecht and Sergeant/Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and reprise his roles as Dottore Grenvil/La Traviata, Don Bartolo/Le nozze di Figaro and Zuniga.
Other roles he has performed at Staatsoper Hamburg in the past seasons include 2.Geharnischter/Die Zauberflöte, Colline/La Bohème, Luther/Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il Conte di Ceprano/Rigoletto, Pistola/Falstaff, Pietro/Simone Boccanegra, D’Obigny/La Traviata, Ein Hauptmann/Eugen Onegin, Alter Diener in a new production of Elektra by Dmitri Tcherniakov, Vollendeter Engel in a concert version of Schumann’s Faust-Szenen, and Markus in Samuel Penderbayne’s Unser kleines Scheisskaff – Fucking Åmål.
Engagements elsewhere include Bartolo in a concert performance of Le nozze di Figaro with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michał Klauza and Collatinus in a concert performance of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Robin Ticciati.
Hubert Kowalczyk is a graduate from the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, where he studied with Prof. Martin Bruns and Prof. Dr. Michail Lanskoi. 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, Narumov/Pique Dame, Dottore Grenvil and D’Obigny. Furthermore 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.
He has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Tomasz Konieczny, Mariusz Kwiecień, Sergej Leiferkus and Neil Shicoff.
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