January 19, 2018

Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński signs to Erato

The Juilliard-trained Polish singer will release his debut album in the autumn of 2018.

Erato has signed an exclusive recording contract with Polish-born countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. The 27-year-old Juilliard graduate will record his debut album for release in autumn 2018: a recital of 17th-century sacred arias with Il Pomo d’oro (conductor Maxim Emelyanychev), the Baroque ensemble par excellence with which he sings in his Paris recital this month.

While still a student, Orliński’s star rose rapidly on the international opera stage following major competition wins on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council in 2016, and memorable debuts at Carnegie Hall, Aix-en-Provence, and Frankfurt Opera. He gained an even broader following online in 2017, when his poignant live performance of Vivaldi’s aria Vedrò con mio diletto went viral in a Facebook video published by France Musique, quickly amassing more than two million views.

Nor have his charisma and stagecraft gone unnoticed by the critics: Orliński, who also trained as a professional break-dancer, brings an intense physicality, innate sense of rhythm and the occasional acrobatics to his stage roles.

Alain Lanceron, President of Warner Classics & Erato, said: ‘One of the most exciting aspects of this profession is to be able to bet on young artists starting out in their careers with the conviction that they will become tomorrow’s stars. This is surely the case with Jakub Józef Orliński, the most promising countertenor of his generation, who has proved a revelation in important Baroque performances over the last few months and who is well on his way to embodying what a 21st-century artist can be.’

Jakub Józef Orliński added a personal statement:I was one of those kids who always have listened to music, danced around to it and have had it on headphones during travels. That is why from an early age I had many dreams about recording music. It was a great motivation kick, along with the admiration I have for so many great recording artists, their skills and musicianship, the quality of sound and their ideas for albums. I always wanted to join them, create something special like they did: something that is not yet out there; something which would make my first, dream album a little bit different than the others.

‘From the very first meeting with Alain and his team, I knew that Erato was the place to be to make my dream come true. I am extremely honored to become part of Warner Classics & Erato family. I am so happy and excited to record a programme which has meant so much to me. I hope the trust they have placed in me will result in a debut album we can all be proud of.’

ABOUT Jakub Józef Orliński

“Jakub Józef Orliński combined beauty of tone and an uncommon unity of colour and polish across his range.” The New York Times

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.

In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Orliński will make his house and role debut at Oper Frankfurt as the title character in Handel’s Rinaldo. He will then join Festival d'Aix-en-Provence on tour to sing the role of Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Château De Versailles and Festival de Saint-Denis. Concert appearances will include a tour of Handel’s Rinaldoas Eustazio with The English Concert led by Harry Bicket, a performance of Vivaldi’s music with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and Handel’s Messiah with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He will make his Wigmore Hall recital debut in the summer of 2018.

The 2016-17 season included performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with both Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York, and for his debut with the Houston Symphony. Mr. Orlinski performed in Flight, Jonathan Dove’s modern-day operatic comedy, with Juilliard Opera. He also sang the role of Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina with Juilliard Opera in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima festival: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic. He joined the Karlsruhe Handel Festival to sing Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel’s Dixit Dominus. In addition, he made his debut with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli’s opera Erismena.

In his native Poland, Mr Orliński performed the roles of Cupid in Venus & Adonis by Blow and Narciso in Agrippina by Handel. While based in Germany, he performed the role of Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in Aachen and Cottbus, performed Purcell songs with ballet at the Leipzig Opera House, and Philippus in Telemann’s Der Misslungene Braut-Wechsel oder Richardus I (based on Handel’s Riccardo Primo, Re d’Inghilterra) in Gießen.

Mr. Orliński has triumphed in several vocal competitions winning first place at the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition, the first and second annual International Early Music Vocal Competitions in Poland, where he received ‘Special Mention’ and ‘Special Prize’ respectively, First Prize at Rudolf Petrák’s Singing Competition in Slovakia, third place at the Debut Competition in Igersheim, Germany, Special Mention at the Eighth Annual Mazovian Golden Voices Competition in Poland, and third place at Le Grand Prix de l’Opera in Bucharest, Romania.

While working toward his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he participated in the prestigious young artist program ‘Opera Academy’ at the Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa. Mr. Orlinski earned his Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. He is represented by IMG Artists.