Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak, a tenor born in Jawor, is one of the most promising young Polish tenors. He has performed in La Scala, Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall, and other prestigious concert halls and has recorded for Sony, Warner, and Deutsche Grammophon.
A tenor born in Jawor is one of the most promising young Polish tenors: he has performed in La Scala, Covent Garden, Carnegie Hall and other prestigious concert halls.
Krzysztof Adam Krzeszowiak graduated with honours in Voice and Music Education in Wrocław in Bogdan Makala’s class and later continued his studies at the Giuseppe Verdi Music Conservatory in Milan under the supervision of Rita Orlando-Malaspina.
Krzeszowiak has performed in Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro La Fenice, the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Philadelphia Opera Company, Peking Opera Company, and many others. He regularly collaborates with famous conductors and ensembles, including: Concerto Italiano / conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini, Accademia Bizantina / Ottavio Dantone, La Risonanza/ Fabio Bonizzoni, Il Giardino Armonico / Giovanni Antonini, Europa Galante / Fabio Biondi, L’Arte del Mondo / Werner Ehrhardt, Collegium 1704 / Vàclav Luks, Capella Cracoviensis / Jan Tomasz Adamus.
He debuted in Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in the role of Count Almaviva in Gliwice Music Theatre; followed by parts in Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus and Domenico Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage.
When asked by Magdalena Jasińska for Ekspres Bydgoski about the way he conquered opera stages around the world, the tenor replied:
I don’t even know how it happened. Luck is needed in life, sometimes hard work is not enough. I went to Venice for an audition for La Fenice Theatre with one of the best conductors in the world – Sir John Eliot Gardiner. What did I expect? I dreamt that if I won the audition, I would be hired for three or four years, because his calendar is filled to the brim. I got a proposition to start working with him in a few weeks. We had an eye for each other. Thereafter, I was invited for a tour around the United States and it was there where I found the true Orfeo in me.
In 2015/16 Krzeszowiak performed Rossini’s La Pietra del paragone and Mozart’s Il re pastore at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine under Sir John Elliot Gardiner in Versailles and at the Salzburger Festspiele; Haydn’s Philemon und Baucis in Monte Carlo under Fabio Biondi; Mysliveček’s L’Olimpiade at the Theater an der Wien under Vaclav Luks; Händle’s Giove in Argo at the Händel Festspiele in Halle with his wife as Calisto under Werner Ehrhardt; Mozart’s Idomeneo and Le Nozze di Figaro at Covent Garden under Mark Minkowski and Ivor Bolton; Rossini’s L'occasione fa il ladro at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées under Enrique Mazzola; Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda at the Wigmore Hall in London and in Versailles under Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice under Jeffrey Tae. In April 2015 Krzeszowiak performed the titular role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Krzeszowiak ended the 2014/15 season with Orfeo at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
James R. Oestreich wrote in The New York Times about Monteverdi’s Orfeo performed at Carnegie Hall:
...The real star of the production was the tenor Krystian Adam…
Rupert Christiansen added in The Telegraph:
Krystian Adam sang the title role with delicacy and refinement, articulating the text with exquisite sensitivity and weaving seraphically beautiful undulations of grief in his plea to Charon, 'Possente spirto'.
Tim Ashley wrote about Le Nozze di Figaro performed at the Royal Opera House under Ivor Bolton:
Krystian Adam, better known for Monteverdi than Mozart, makes a nicely effete Basilio.
Gale Martin from the bachtrack.com webpage wrote about Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail under Corrado Rovaris:
As Pedrillo, Polish tenor Krystian Adam’s comic timing was sheer perfection. His singing – clear and powerful.
Krzeszowiak has recorded for studios as famous as: Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, Passacaille, Dynamic, Glossa, Archiv. Among his greatest albums we should list: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Dixit Dominus under the baton of Claudio Abbado (Archiv, 2010); Antonio Salieri: Il Mondo alla Rovescia with the Orchestra dell’ Arena di Verona under Federico Mario Sardelli (Dynamic, 2010); Baldassare Galuppi: Sacred Music with Ghislieri Chior & Consort under Giulio Prandi (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 2011); Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro under Teodor Currentzis (Sony, 2014); Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine with The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Source: press materials
Author: Filip Lech, April 2016, translated by Antoni Wiśniewski, April 2016