Jan Opalach, bass-baritone

Faculty Artist Series

March 4, 2018 | 3:00 PM Kilbourn Hall
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Jan Opalach, bass-baritone

Jan Opalach has received a Sullivan Foundation Award, won the National Arts Club Vocal Music Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation’s Marcella Sembrich Award, prestigious Walter M. Naumburg Vocal Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, s’Hertogenbosch International Vocalisten Concours as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Soloist Recital Grant. He has been heard in recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall (NY), Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie), Kosciuszko Foundation (NY), Music Mountain (CT), Miller Theater (Columbia University), Bruno Walter Auditorium, Morgan Library, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Edmonton Chamber Music Festival (Alberta, Canada), Library of Congress, Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena), Cape and islands Festival (MA), Hudson River Museum (NY), Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum (Boston), Lehigh, Pennsylvania State, Brandeis and Harvard Universities, NATS National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and annually at the Eastman School of Music. He has been an adjudicator for The Walter M. Naumburg, Joy in Singing and Concert Artist Guild competitions.

Mr. Opalach was a member of the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble (a solo vocal quartet w/piano) performing little known quartet repertoire for a three concert series at NYC’s Alice Tully Hall, touring throughout the United States and South America. With the world famous Waverly Consort, he was seen on a CBS TV special filmed at the Cloisters museum in New York City and can be heard on its recording of A Renaissance Christmas. He was a member of the Bach Aria Group concurrently with current Eastman Voice Professor Carol Webber and was the original Bass soloist in Joshua Rifkin’s Bach Ensemble, recording the B-minor Mass (with one soloist on a part), Solo Bass Cantatas #56, #82, and #158, and numerous other Bach cantatas. With renowned conductor Helmut Rilling, he sang at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and toured Bach’s St. John Passion with Mo. Rilling’s Gaechinger Kantorei in Germany. He was heard in the Boston Early Music Festival’s spectacular production of Luigi Rossi’s rarely staged Orfeo, co-directed by Paul O’Dette and Steven Stubbs, with additional performances at the Tanglewood Music Festival and appeared at the Drottningholms Slottsteatre for a live broadcast on Swedish television.

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