Paweł Konik – baritone
Polish baritone born in Cieszyn.
Paweł Konik begins the 2018/19 season singing Mercutio in Gounod’s opera Roméo et Juliette at the Opera Śląska. Then he will sing six productions at Staatsoper Stuttgart making his house debut as Marullo from Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Hermann in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, 2 Offizier in Henze’s Prinz von Homburg, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and 1 Soldat in Strauss’s Salome.
Future plans include role debuts as Morales in Bizet’s Carmen, Andrey Shchelkalov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Melot in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
The 2017/18 season included role debut as Mercutio at Opera Śląska, house debut at Opera na Zamku in Szczecin as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Annum Festival appearance in Händels Messiah.
Previous seasons included productions at the Dutch National Opera, the Baltic Opera, the Wroclaw Opera, appearances at The Brighton Festival, The Verbier Festival, MuCH4You Festival, concerts with The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, The Polish Radio Orchestra, The New Music Orchestra and The Silesian Philharmonic.
During studies at The Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music he started working with the Baltic Opera in Gdansk, where he made his debut in January 2013 as Shvochniev in Shostakovitsh/Meyer “The Gamblers” for which he received a Jan Kiepura’s Drama Music Award in the category of BEST SINGER’S DEBUT.
Until end of December 2016th Paweł was a member of the prestigious Yale Opera Program where he worked with Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross.
He is a Winner of The Third Prize at the Gerda Lissner Foundation IVC 2016 in New York, Grant Winner at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation IVC 2016 and Giulio Gari Foundation IVC 2016. Received The Special Prize for best interpretation of Russian aria at Le Grand Prix de L’Opera in Bucharest. In November 2012 he was awarded the Second Prize at the 10-th Polish Artistic Song Competition in Warsaw. In 2011 he won the First Prize at the 13-th Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition IUVENTUS CANTI in Vrable, Slovakia.
Paweł was honored to work and perform with Bassem Akiki, Pierre Audi, Rune Bergmann, Michał Biel, Linda Brovsky, Andrzej Chyra, Charles Dutoit, Christine Goerke, Giuseppe Grazioli, Ted Huffman, Michał Klauza, Alexander Liebreich, Wojciech Michniewski, Wiesław Ochman, Ewa Podleś, Gerhard Siegel, Claudia Solti, Ewa Strusińska, Romuald Tesarowicz, Marek Toporowski, Marek Weiss and Janusz Wiśniewski Michał Znaniecki.
He was a member of the Akademia Operowa at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw where he studied with Izabela Kłosińska, Matthias Rexroth and Eytan Pessen.
Paweł Konik received artistic scholarships from the Major of Cieszyn and Zygmunt Zaleski Stichting.
He currently continues studying under mentorship of Eytan Pessen.