Paweł Konik – baritone
Polish baritone born in Cieszyn.
At the beginning of the season 2017/18 Paweł is coming back to Silesian Opera House to make his role debut as Mercutio in Gounod’s opera Romeo et Juliette. He will also make his house debut singing Guglielmo from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Opera na Zamku in Szczecin.
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 Yale Opera ensemble where he worked with Doris Yarick-Cross and Richard Cross.
His operatic experience includes performances of title role in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette by Massenet, Bottom in Britten’s A midsummer night’s dream among others.
In concerts Paweł Konik has performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Great Mass in C minor with the Silesian Philharmonic, Handel’s Messiah at the Annum Festival, Stravinsky’s Renard with the New Music Orchestra, Strumenti della Passione by Jarek Kordaczuk with Arte die Suonatori at the festival Musica Poetica.
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 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, Domenique Trottein, Marek Weiss and Janusz Wiśniewski.
He was a member of the Young Artists Programme – OPERA ACADEMY in the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw.
Paweł Konik received artistic scholarship from the Major of Cieszyn and Zygmunt Zaleski Stichting.
He currently continues studying under mentorship of Eytan Pessen.