Tomasz Konieczny

Tomasz Konieczny

After his sensational success as Alberich, Jochanaan, Wotan / Wanderer in the anniversary ring in 2013 and also as Jack Rance / La Fanciulla del West - the opening premiere of the 2013/14 season at the Vienna State Opera - Tomasz Konieczny will not only be at this house for the next few years to be heard in the roles mentioned above, but also as Mandryka, Pizarro, Cardillac, Danton and in other great operatic roles. Konieczny will also perform in the next few years, among others at the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayreuth Festival and the Teatro Real Madrid.

He made his debut as a singer in 1997 at the Posen / Poland Opera with Le nozze di Figaro. Various engagements led Konieczny among others to Leipzig, St. Gallen, Chemnitz and Mannheim, where he became a permanent member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in 2002 and where he was also awarded the Arnold Petersen Prize, a special award for talented young artists. In 2005 he sang Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in 2006 Wotan in Das Rheingold. From 2006 to 2014 he was part of the ensemble at this house, where he Golaud from Pelléas et Mélisande, Amfortas in Parsifal, Kurwenal in Tristan and Isolde, the protagonist of the same name in The Flying Dutchman, and Escamillio in Carmen.

Since 2006 he has sung regularly at the Budapest Wagner Days such as: Amfortas and in 2007 and 2009 Wotan / Die Walküre, the Wanderer 2010 and Kurwenal 2010/11. In 2008 he made an acclaimed debut as Alberich (Das Rheingold) and Siegfried at the Semperoper Dresden, where he performed Telramund (Lohengrin) with great success in 2016.

In 2013 two important recordings of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen were released; one under the direction of Marek Janowski at Pentatone, in which Konieczny interprets the role of Wotan. In the other recording (Deutsche Grammophon), conducted by Christian Thielemann, Konieczny sings the role of Alberich. Both recordings received critical acclaim. In 2015 another recording of Das Rheingold was released under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle with Konieczny as Alberich. In 2017 the DVDs / Blu-rays by Lohengrin (Thielemann / Beczala / Netrebko / Konieczny) and Die Liebe der Danae (Welser-Möst / Stoyanova / Konieczny) were released.

In early 2014 Konieczny made a brilliant debut as Jochanaan in Salome at Carnegie Hall in New York and in November 2015 he celebrated a particularly great personal success as the title character in Bergs Wozzeck at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In May 2017 Konieczny made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Commander of Don Giovanni and in January 2018 at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as Wotan / Die Walküre. On March 9, 2019 Konieczny made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Alberich in Das Rheingold. Anthony Tommasini wrote in the New York Times: "The standout member of the cast was Tomasz Konieczny, a powerhouse bass, in a breakthrough Met debut as Alberich."

The Vienna State Opera has been an artistic home for Konieczny since 2009. Here he sings important roles such as Scarpia in Tosca. By resolution of the Council of Ministers of May 3, 2017, it was confirmed that the granting of Austrian citizenship to Tomasz Konieczny is in the special interest of the Republic. On January 16, 2019, Tomasz Konieczny was officially named Austrian Chamber Singer on the stage of the Vienna State Opera.

In addition, Tomasz Konieczny is also an extremely successful interpreter in the concert field. His repertoire includes Bach's St. Matthew Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Elias, the Requien by Mozart, Verdi and Dvorak and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He has already presented his recital programs with songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, Twardowski, Schubert and other great composers with great success in Dresden, Warsaw and Tokyo.

Tomasz Konieczny was born in 1972 in Łódź / Poland and initially studied acting at the local film academy. He worked as an actor in the theater and was involved in various film and television productions. He began his singing studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy in Warsaw and continued it at the Dresden University of Music in the class of Prof. Christian Elßner. He was a prizewinner at the 33rd International Dvorak Singing Competition in 1998 in Karlsbad.