Jakub Józef Orliński announces his second solo album
Facce d’amore, ‘Faces of love’, is the second solo album from countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. It follows Anima Sacra, released in 2018, an Erato debut which moved Gramophone magazine to announce that “This is a voice with a big future,” and The Sunday Times, having extolled the “the unearthly beauty of Orliński’s tone, his pearly coloratura and fabulous breath control,” to say, “He’s only 28, but this is a special voice to look out for.”
The new album brings a switch from the sacred to the personal and passionate. As the Polish-born, New York-trained singer explains: “On Anima Sacra I wanted to take listeners on a spiritual journey through an entire programme based on sacred music of the 18th century. The idea behind Facce d’amore is a bit different.”
The programme – which includes an impressive eight world premiere recordings – comprises “operatic arias that tell a story, showing a musical picture of a male lover in the baroque era. They focus on totally different aspects of love – not only the positive side, like joyful or reciprocated love, but also the side where the characters are possessed by anger or even madness.”
The album, which spans some 85 years of the baroque period, includes arias by major figures like Handel, Cavalli and Alessandro Scarlatti, by composers whose names have regained currency over recent decades, like Bononcini, Conti and Hasse (who wrote the virtuosic ‘Sempre a si vaghi rai’ – one of the album’s world premieres – for the legendary castrato Farinelli), and by relatively obscure names like Orlandini, Predieri and Matteis. As for Anima Sacra, the bass-baritone Yannis François advised on the conception and compilation of the programme for Facce d’amore, while Orliński’s performance partners are again the instrumentalists of Il Pomo d’Oro and their Principal Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.
A great deal has happened in Jakub Józef Orliński’s career since the release of Anima Sacra, which has taken his name around the world. The New Yorker magazine has summed him up with the headline “A millennial countertenor’s pop-star appeal”, while his assumption of the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in August 2019 led the Financial Times to write that: “Jakub Józef Orliński is the new countertenor on the block. In the short time that he was been singing at the top level he has matured at speed and his Rinaldo is the number one reason for catching this run of performances.”
02 April 2018
Jakub Józef Orliński releases first single on Warner Classics
Young Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński has released his first digital single on Warner Classics: what has become his signature aria, Vivaldi's Vedrò con mio diletto (from the opera Il Giustino). The recording sessions with Baroque ensemble Il pomo d'oro took place in a former convent at Lonigo near Venice, shortly before they performed the same aria to a televised audience of millions at Les Victoires de la Musique Classique.
During the same sessions, Orliński and Il pomo d'oro recorded their forthcoming album, dedicated to Baroque sacred music and slated for release late 2018; the single is a standalone aria that will not be included on the album.
'Vedrò con mio diletto has a special place in my musical career,' explained Orliński. 'First of all, I simply adore singing it. Secondly, because it was one of the pieces which has inspired and motivated me to keep getting better and better – not only in singing, but generally.
'First hearing Philippe Jaroussky’s recording of the aria was a revelation for me. I’ve since listened to many other interpretations and still felt that I wanted to offer something different, with my own voice and flow of emotions. I hope this new recording will inspire listeners in the same way.'
Sabine Devieilhe wins big at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique Classique
Warner Classics & Erato artists were out in full force at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique Classique on Friday in Evian, France. French coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe dominated the Victoires this year in its 25th-anniversary edition, winning two of the seven awards, and both categories in which she was nominated.
Not only was she crowned Artiste Lyrique de l’Année (Opera Singer of the Year); she also claimed Album of the Year for her French opera recital Mirages, along with Les Siècles orchestra and conductor François-Xavier Roth.
In 2013 Devieilhe received the Opera Singer 'Revelation' of the Year at the 20th Victoires de la Musique; the same year she signed an exclusive recording contract with Erato.
'Since the beginning I’ve cherished this album and wanted to record it even early on in my singing career. I’ve always appreciated this French music which seems so beautifully aligned with my voice. François-Xavier Roth is an exceptional conductor who defends this repertoire with admirable fervor. Thank you to the magnificent performers on the album, Les Siècles, Alexandre Tharaud, Marianne Crebassa, and to Alain Lanceron at Warner Classics and Erato for his trust and support throughout all our recording adventures.’ She also thanked her family for supporting her in a demanding yet richly rewarding career choice.
To a live televised audience of 1.3 million viewers on France 3, Devieilhe sang the opening aria from the album: André Messager’s sumptuously romantic ‘Le jour sous le soleil béni’ from the little-known operetta Madame Chrysanthème.
Equally celebrated at the ceremony was legendary soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who accepted the Victoire d’Honneur for Oustanding Achievement and performed ‘Un bel dì, vedremo’ from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, accompanied by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon and conductor Pierre Bleuse. The accolade comes just months after Gheorghiu’s highly anticipated return to the recording studio for her new album of Italian verismo arias, Eternamente.
Other standout performances on French classical music’s night of nights included cellist Gautier Capuçon’s The Swan, from his new album Intuition (he was also nominated for Instrumental Artist of the Year), and Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński with Italian Baroque orchestra Il pomo d’oro for Vivaldi’s Vedrò con mio diletto. Recently signed to Erato, Orliński has recorded his solo album debut with Il pomo d’oro for release later this year.
Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and performers at the 2018 Victoires de la Musique Classique!
19 January 2018
Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński signs to Erato
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.