BiographyPolish bass Rafał Pawnuk studied at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz with Leszek Skrla and at the Academy of Music in Krakow with Marek Rzepka. Awards include first prize at the 13th International Vocal Competition Iuventus Canti in Slovakia.
Over the last few seasons, he has given role and house debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele as Mars in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Offenbach’s Orphee aux enfers, as Sciarrone and Sagristano at Theater an der Wien in a new production of Tosca by Martin Kusej, as Hunding/Die Walküre at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, at Opera de Lille as Nourabad in a new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, and appeared as Vodnik/Rusalka at Opéra de Limoges and as Colline/La bohème and Gremin/Eugene Onegin with Nederlandse Reisopera.
Engagements in 2022-23 include his return to Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Fafner in Wagner’s Siegfried, to Castle Opera Szczecin in various productions, his house debut at Nationaltheater Weimar and staged concert works by Schumann at the Philharmonie Paris and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie with Choeur Accentus and Laurence Equilbey.
Rafał Pawnuk is a regular guest at Castle Opera Szczecin in roles such Escamillo/Carmen, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Betto/Gianni Schicchi and Priest in Philipp Glass’ The Trial. At National Theatre Brno he has appeared as Vodnik/Rusalka, Il Re/Aida, Marchese d’Obigny/La Traviata and Banco/Macbeth.
Elsewhere, he has performed Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Cesare Angelotti in Tosca, alongside Bryn Terfel, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at Welsh National Opera, Dalremont in Donizetti’s I pazzi per progetto at the Zurich Festival, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, conducted by Christopher Hogwood, at Pisa’s Anima Mundi Festival, Mozart’s Requiem in Bygoszcz, Handel’s Messiah under Paul Esswood and Penderecki’s Oratorio Kosmogonia with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Liebreich.
Rafał Pawnuk is a former member of the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where his roles included Thierry/Dialogues des Carmélites, Brabantischer Edler/Lohengrin and Dr. Wilhelm Reischmann/Elegy for Young Lovers. He has worked with conductors such as Marc Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher, Vasily Petrenko, Marco Armiliato, Massimo Zanetti, Lothar Koenigs, Paolo Carignani, Enrique Mazzola and Kent Nagano.
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