Graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in the class of Kazimierz Pustelak (magna cum laude diploma), Wojtek Gierlach is a laureate of many international vocal competitions. His recent successes include Melisso (George Frideric Handel’s Alcina) at LA Opera in Los Angeles, Procida (Giuseppe Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani) at Bergen Nasjonale Opera, and Sarastro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) at the Polish Royal Opera in Warsaw.
In the 2017/2018 season, Wojtek Gierlach made his debut at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden in London in the role of Priest in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (cond. Antonio Pappano). In recent years, he has also appeared for the first time on the stage of Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (as Sir Giorgio in Vincenzo Bellini’s I puritani, cond. Carlo Rizzi), as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Theater an der Wien.
He has also sung roles such as Don Basilio (Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oroveso (Bellini’s Norma) at the Teatro Nacional Sao Carlos in Lisbon, Prince Assur (Rossini’s Semiramide) at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Alidoro (Rossini’s La cenerentola) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Melisso (Alcina) at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Orbazzano (Rossini’s Tancredi) at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Giorgio Talbot (Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Count Rudolf (Bellini’s La sonnambula) and Rocco (Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio) at the Theater St. Gallen.
At the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw he appeared in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro), Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (Don Alfonso), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (title character), Georges Bizet’s Carmen (Escamillo), Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (Gessler), Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Talbot) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto (Sparafucile).
Wojtek Gierlach also sings bass parts in cantata and oratorio works. He took part in performances of Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In the near future, the artist will appear on the stage of ABAO Bilbao Opera as Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff as Mephistopheles in Charles Gounod’s Faust.