Piotr Beczała Named Opera Singer of the Year
The renowned Polish-born lyric tenor has been awarded the prestigious 2014 ECHO Klassik award.
Piotr Beczała debuted at London's Royal Opera House in 2004. Ever since, his voice has been heard on the greatest stages across the world. The artist opened the 2013-14 season with two productions in a row: as Lensky in the Metropolitan Opera’s new staging of Eugene Onegin, and then as Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.
A great supporter of Polish operatic repertory, Beczała never misses a chance to give the scores to Polish operas to the directors and conductors he has worked with. The artist also tries to include arias and songs in his recitals. This year, the Echo Klassik jury decided to honour Beczała with the Best Singer Award.
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Every year since 1994, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie – the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie – has awarded the exceptional and most successful classical performances. The Echo Klassik’s aim is to underline the cultural importance of classical music and to increase its popularity. The main objective is not only to appreciate established stars but also to support young emerging talents.
The Echo Klassik jury is comprised of personalities from politics, the arts and the media, as well as the classical section of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
The award ceremony will take place on October 26 at the Munich Philharmonic Hall and will be broadcast by German channel ZDF.
source: press materials, edited by kd, September 2014