Artur Ruciński is an opera singer (baritone), born in Warsaw on 25th April, 1976.
Opera singer (baritone), born on the 25th April 1976 in Warsaw.
He started singing classes in 1995 at the Fryderyk Chopin State Music High School in Warsaw. He was taught by Jerzy Knetig, who continued to instruct Ruciński when he went to the Music Academy in Warsaw. After completing his higher education, he perfected his vocal skills with Kaludi Kaludov. In 1999, he was awarded a grant from the German Foundation of Hans and Eugenia Jütting.
He has received numerous awards in singing competitions in Poland, such as the National Vocal Competition for Music High Schools in Łódź (2nd prize, 1996), the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Vocal Competition in Bydgoszcz (Honourable Mention, 1999), National Vocal Competition in Duszniki-Zdrój (3rd prize, 2000), the International Adam Didur Opera Singers’ Competition in Bytom (2nd prize, 2000), the International Kiejstut Bacewicz Chamber Music Competition in Łódź (3rd prize, 2001). He has also been recognized abroad: at Internationale Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb in Vienna, the Solomiya Krushelnytska International Competition of Opera Singers in Lviv, and at Competizione dell'Opera in Treviso.
The artist has been working at the Warsaw Chamber Opera since 2001, where he has mainly taken part in stagings of Mozart’s works (The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte). Together with the opera, he has travelled to France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and Lebanon. In 2002, he made his debut on the stage of the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw as the titular protagonist of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Later on, he was invited to play further parts at the theatre; he sang in Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky The Queen of Spades, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Stanisław Moniuszko’s Halka, Zygmunt Krauze’s Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy, Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman, and Charles Gounod’s Faustus (this is the part which he performed at the National Opera’s guest performance at the Lviv Opera).
2002 was also the year in which Ruciński started cooperating with the Mazovian Music Theatre ‘Operetta’. At the concert opening the first season of the theatre’s artistic activity, which took place at the Congress Music Hall in Warsaw, he sang the part of Dr Falke in Johann Strauss’s The Revenge of the Bat.
In 2003, he performed the role of Ricardo in the concert version of Vincenzo Bellini’s opera The Puritans. Since 2005, he has been simultaneously collaborating with the Kraków Opera, where he sang in La Bohème by Puccini, Così fan tutte, The Revenge of the Bat, The Queen of Spades, Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Devils of Loudun by Krzysztof Penderecki.
The artist has also performed on international opera stages – at Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo (Turandot), the Varna Opera (Marcello in La Bohème), the Lviv Opera (Silvio in Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo), Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, (the main part in Karol Szymanowski’s King Roger), the Berlin Staatsoper (lead role in Euguene Onegin), Teatro Real in Madrid (Tadeusz in The Passenger by Mieczysław Weinberg), and at the Pafos Aphrodite Festival in Cyprus (Turandot , Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto,).
He has collaborated with some of the most prominent directors from Poland, such as Maria Fołtyn, Mariusz Treliński, and Marek Weiss-Grzesiński, and with internationally renowned conductors: Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Giergiev, Neville Mariner, Frühbeck de Burgos, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Gerd Albrecht, Antoni Wit, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Gabriel Chmura, José Maria Florêncio, and Łukasz Borowicz.
Artur Ruciński is also an experienced performer of arias and cantatas – his repertoire includes works by J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, W. A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Gabriel Fauré, Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, and other classical and contemporary composers. He has performed in majority of concert halls and festivals in Poland. He has repeatedly performed at Viva il canto Festival in Cieszyn, European Jan Kiepura Festival in Krynica Górska, Warsaw Autumn, and Beethoven Festival in Warsaw.
He took part in the recording of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana for Bulgarian television. He also took part in the world premieres of Osvaldas Balakauskas’s La Lontaine (2002 Warsaw Autumn Festival) Piotr Moss’s De la vie, and Andrzej Marko’s Miners’ Mass and Miners’ Oratorio (CD recording of which was released by DUX). He was one of the artists who participated in the recording of Catholic Hymns in Honour of John Paul II with the Polish Armed Forces Representative Band (The Military Caritas Music Label) and of the album Małgorzata Walewska and Friends – The Best Polish Singers (DUX). In 2009, Polish Radio released the album Artur Ruciński. Songs and Arias, which received a nomination for the Polish Phonographic Industry Award 'Fryderyk' in the Vocal Recital – Album of the Year Category (2010).
In 2008, the artist received Polityka’s Passport – one of the biggest awards for achievements in the field of culture in Poland.
Artist’s website: www.arturrucinski.com
Author: Małgorzata Kosińska, Polish Music Information Centre, Association of Polish
Composers, October 2007, update: July 2010.
Translated by AM, August 2014