Michał Czerniawski is a countertenor, born on 23rd January, 1981. He has recently collaborated with John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Mark Padmore, and Richard Egarr.
Czerniawski graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Vocalism and Acting at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He studied in the solo singing class of prof. Piotr Kusiewcz. Later he finished postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Czerniawski has performed concerts and operatic repertoire. He sang G. F. Handel's oratories with Solomon's Baroque Collective, Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion (Aldeburgh Music), Pergolesi's Salve Regina at the London Handel Festival, Scarlatti's Il Primo Omicidio at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, Purcell's The Fairy Queen performed at the Grand Theatre in Poznań and the Castle Opera in Szczecin, Steffani's Orlando Generoso performed in Birmingham, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Cavalli's Giasone, G. F. Handel's Agrippina and Flavio (with the English Touring Opera, London) and Cesti's Orontea at Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik. Czerniawski collaborates with numerous baroque music ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon's Knot, Capella Cracoviensis, and La Nuova Musica, with which he debuted at London's Wigmore Hall and at Internationale Haendel Festspiele Goettingen.
In 2007 he went on tour with the American-born French conductor William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants. During the tour 'Le Jardin des Voix' the conductor, who specialises in baroque music, trains young singers and acquaints them with stage and giving concerts. Czerniawski also participated in the concert that took place in the Opéra Comique in Paris commemorating the 30th anniversary of Les Arts Florissants.
In 2017 Czerniawski took part in the tour for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary, conducted by sir John Eliot Gardiner. In L'Orfeo he sang the role of a shepherd, in The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland the role of Pisandro and in The Coronation of Poppaea the role of Nutrice. Together with Gardiner, the founder of Monteverdi Choir and Monteverdi Orchestra, one of the most important and most charismatic conductors that are still alive, the musicians performed Monteverdi's music in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and the United States. The tour started on April 10 at Festival de Paques in France and ended on October 21 at the New York's Alice Tully Hall.
Source: press materials
Originally written in Polish by FL, translated by MW, March 2018.