Mariusz Godlewski is a baritone, born on 19th December 1975 in Ostróda.
He started his education in singing at the Secondary Music School in Wrocław and continued it in Professor Bogdan Makal’s class at the Wrocław Academy of Music. He then perfected his skills at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (2001-2002) under the supervision of Leopold Spitzer and at master classes with Katherine Dagois, Rolando Panerai, and Zdzisław Krzywicki.
He has participated in many competitions in Poland and abroad, including the Franciszka Platówna National Singing Competition in Wrocław (1996), the Imrich Godin International Singing Competition in Slovakia (1999, first prize), the Intercollegiate Singing Competition in Duszniki Zdrój (2000, first prize), the 6th Adam Didur Opera Singing Competition in Bytom (2000, distinction), and the Hariclea Darcleè International Singing Competition in Romania (2003, distinction). He has been granted scholarships from Wrocław’s self-government institutions and from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
Godlewski debuted at the Wrocław Philharmonic while he was still a student, performing a baritone part in Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater under the baton of Marek Pijarowski. In 2002, he made his first appearance on the stage of the National Opera in Warsaw as Pelleas in Pelleas and Melisande by Claude Debussy. He currently cooperates with such operas as the Wrocław Opera, Baltic State Opera in Gdańsk, Kraków Opera, and Warsaw Chamber Opera. He frequently performs abroad, for example in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
His repertoire includes many main roles in operas by such composers as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte, and the title role in Don Giovanni), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades and the title role in Eugene Onegin), Georges Bizet (Escamillio in Carmen, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Gaetano Donizetti (Dr. Malateste in Don Pasquale, Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor), Karol Szymanowski (Doctor in Hagith and the title role in King Roger), Johann Strauss (Homonay in The Gypsy Baron), Richard Strauss (Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier), Jacques Offenbach (Lindorf, Coppelius, Dapertutto, Doctor Miracle in The Tales of Hoffman), Ruger Leoncavallo (Tonio in Pagliacci), Modest Mussorgsky (Rangoni in Boris Godunov), Giacomo Orefice (Elia in Chopin), Siergei Prokofiev (Leander in The Love for Three Oranges), Gioacchino Rossini (Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Reims, Poet in Il Turco in Italia), Camille Saint-Saëns (Old Hebrew in Samson and Delilah), Richard Wagner (Wolfram in Tannhäuser), Benjamin Britten (Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia), Giacomo Puccini (Marcello in La Boheme, Scarpio in Tosca, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly), Giuseppe Verdi (Belfiore in Un Giorno di Regno, Don Carlo in Ernani, Giacomo in Joanna d'Arc), Stanisław Moniuszko (Janusz in Halka, Stanisław in Verbum Nobile, The Sword-bearer in The Haunted Manor), Krzysztof Penderecki (Adam in Paradise Lost), Hanna Kulenty (Woodraven in The Mother of Black Winged Deams), Eugeniusz Knapik (Il Ragazzo in La libertà chiama la libertà), Mieczysław Weinberg (Tadeusz in The Passenger), Zygmunt Krauze (Franz Kafka in The Trap), and Władysław Żeleński (Kostryn in Goplana).
Furthermore, Mariusz Godlewski also performs songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Johannes Brahms, as well as German and English Baroque music. In January 2011, he took part in the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s song Powiało Na Mnie Morze Snów… Pieśni Zadumy i Nostalgii, performing under Valery Gergiev. Godlewski and Gergiev met again and performed together in June 2011 during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. In 2013, he sang under the baton of Krzysztof Penderecki during the Beijing Music Festival. A year later he received the Jan Kiepura Theatre Music Award for Best Singer. In the first half of 2020, Godlewski will portray King Roger on the stage of Konzert Theater in Bern.
His phonographic output includes recordings of Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko (DVD, Janusz), King Roger by Karol Szymanowski (CD, in the title role), and Chopin by Giacomo Orefice, all performed with the Wrocław Opera ensemble.
Originally written in Polish by Anna Iwanicka-Nijakowska, December 2011; translated and updated by MG, August 2019.