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Rafał Siwek

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Polish bass Rafał Siwek has distinguished himself as an interpreter of Verdi’s roles, including Filippo II (Don Carlo) in Tel Aviv with Zubin Mehta, Turin, Moscow, Tokyo and Warsaw, Zaccaria (Nabucco) in Verona, Munich, Naples, Tel Aviv, Genova and Warsaw, the Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo) in Milan, Munich, Berlin, Madrid, Athens and Zürich, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) in Paris, Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) in Amsterdam and Parma, the title role in Attila in Warsaw, Silva (Ernani) in Catania and Ramfis (Aida) in Munich, Berlin, Zürich, Verona, Madrid, Rome, São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro with Lorin Maazel.


Next to Verdi’s characters Rafał Siwek sings leading bass roles of Russian repertoire, including title role of Boris (Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow season opening) and Pimen in Boris Godunov, title role in Ivan the Terrible, Prince Galitsky and Kontchak in Prince Igor and Gremin in Onegin. He appears also in German operas as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, König Heinrich in Lohengrin, König Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer.


Rafał Siwek is a regular guest on international stages including Opéra Bastille de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, the Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Hamburg, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, New National Theatre in Tokyo and Teatro Real in Madrid.


He appears also frequently in Italian theatres including Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Die Zauberflöte, Don Carlo), Arena di Verona (Nabucco, Aida, Turandot, Don Giovanni), Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (Tristan und Isolde, Aida), Teatro Regio in Turin (Don Carlo), Teatro Comunale in Bologna (Norma), Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (La bohème, Il trovatore), Teatro Regio in Parma (Simon Boccanegra, Luisa Miller), Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Nabucco).

Rafał Siwek is an active concert artist. Under the baton of Lorin Maazel, he has sung in Verdi’s Requiem in Milan, Venice, Casablanca, Busseto, Assisi and Jerusalem, and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Milan, Rome, the Vatican, Brussels and Taormina. He has also worked with Zubin Mehta at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, in Verdi’s Requiem, and at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Audiences in Verona have heard Siwek in Rossini’s Stabat mater, conducted by Alberto Zedda. At the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, he has sung Thibaut d’Arc in Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans. With Fabio Lusi he sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Among the conductors with whom he collaborated are Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Fabio Luisi, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Alberto Zedda, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Oren, Ivor Bolton, Kiril Petrenko and Marco Armiliato.


Rafał Siwek’s discography includes two recordings of Verdi’s Requiem, under Zubin Mehta for TDK and with Lorin Maazel for Medici Arts, Puccini’s Edgar for Deutsche Grammophon with Plácido Domingo, Luisa Miller for Unitel, Norma for Hardy Classic and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Maazel for Kultur, Nabucco and Don Giovanni for BelAir at the Arena di Verona among others.

February 2021 – For the most recent biography please contact Florian Schadhauser