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Jakub Józef Orliński, photo: Honorata Karapuda

Ladies and Gentlemen,
due to the great interest in the concert featuring Jakub Józef Orliński and Il Pomo d'Oro - we would like to inform you that we have managed to arrange an additional concert: Wednesday, 25.10 at 7 p.m.
Ticket sales for this event will begin on Friday, 15.09 at 10 a.m. - at the Warsaw Philharmonic box offices and online.


It is often said that we live in an age of countertenors. One of the most celebrated representatives of that age is without doubt Jakub Józef Orliński. He is a superstar, who arouses global attention not only with his voice, but also with his incredible energy and enthusiasm. He shatters stereotypes about ‘serious music’, sharing with listeners his wide range of interests in music and… dance. He works with leading early music ensembles, although he is not averse to new music. On a disc recently recorded with pianist Michał Biel, meanwhile, he promotes Polish art song from the nineteenth century to the present day.

To the Warsaw audience, he will present an extended programme illustrating the revolution that took place in seventeenth-century Italian music. The emergence and development of new genres of solo vocal music – including opera and cantata – were accompanied by a fresh look at the human voice and its technical and expressive capacities. The body of repertoire composed at that time –fortunately largely intact – still remains not entirely explored. In a cross-section programme, the famous countertenor will present many less familiar examples of those genres, including works possibly never performed in Poland before.

Bartłomiej Gembicki


Jakub Józef Orliński

One of the most vibrant performers on the international classical music scene, Jakub Józef Orliński for many years has been conquering the hearts of audiences around the world. The British musicologist Roger Parker wrote about him in the monthly Opera: ‘the real countertenor deal, one of the best I’ve heard on the operatic (or any other) stage’.

The artist has an exclusive recording contract with the prestigious label Warner Classics & Erato. His albums are esteemed by audiences and critics alike, winning numerous prizes and awards. His first solo disc, Anima Sacra (2018), received a prestigious Opus Klassik award and a nomination for one of the Polish record industry’s Fryderyk awards (2019) in the ‘Best Polish album abroad’ category. His concerts and recitals have drawn new admirers to opera across Europe and the United States, and his live performances of Antonio Vivaldi’s Vedro con mio diletto at the Aix-en-Provence festival in 2017 was viewed online more than four million times.

He has performed on television, including in the Concert de Paris on Eiffel Tower, Rebâtir Notre Dame de Paris (both with the Orchestre National de France) and Les Victoires de la Musique Classique (Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon), broadcast for millions of viewers around the world. He presented his second disc, Facce d'amore (2019), with Baroque arias, on a tour of Europe with Il Pomo d’Oro. Last year, The New Yorker and Polish Vogue devoted special articles to him.

The artist has also taken part in a recording of George Frideric Handel’s opera Agrippina, alongside Joyce DiDonato, with Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev (Warner, 2020), and the disc Luigi Rossi with Christina Pluhar’s ensemble L’Arpeggiata (Warner, 2012).

Forthcoming plans include concerts with Il Giardino d'Amore in Poland, Europe and around the world.

In his spare time, he dances in different styles, including breakdance, winning numerous prizes, with fourth prize in Red Bull BC One Poland Cypher, and second prize in both Stylish Strike – Top Rock Contest and The Style Control, among many.

While completing his Master’s degree in vocal performance in the class of Anna Radziejewska at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Jakub Józef Orliński participated in the prestigious young artists programme Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, where he studied with Eytan Pessen and Matthias Rexroth. He earned his Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens.