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Jan Opalach

Assistant Professor of Voice

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Mr. Opalach has won the 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 in Alice Tully Hall, Morgan Library, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Library of Congress, Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena), Hudson River Museum (NY), Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum (Boston), Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music. He has been an adjudicator for The W.M. Naumburg, Joy in Singing and the Concert Artist Guild competitions.

Mr. Opalach has performed over fifty roles during his distinguished career. He was a principal artist of the New York City Opera for thirty years.  Among the many roles he performed with the company were the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), King Fisher (M. Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage: New York Stage Premiere), Wesener ( Alois Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten: New York Stage Premiere), the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), and the title role of G. Verdi’s Falstaff.  He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera ( of Phillip Glass’ The Voyage: World Premiere; War and Peace), Opera Theater of St. Louis (Nixon in China), Santa Fe Opera (La Bohème), Seattle Opera (Cosi fan tutte, Xerxes, Ariadne auf Naxos), Washington Opera (Cendrillon, Don Giovanni), Canadian Opera Company (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Xerxes), Netherlands Opera (L’italiana in Algeri – TV broadcast, conducted by Alberto Zedda, directed by Dario Fo), Sweden’s Drottningholm Royal Court Theater (L. Rossi’s Orfeo – TV Broadcast, conducted by Paul O’Dette and Steven Stubbs) and English National Opera (British Isles premiere of Die Soldaten).

For orchestral and oratorio performances, Mr. Opalach has collaborated with such luminaries as Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Mario Bernardi, Herbert Blomstedt, Richard Bonynge, Semyon Bychkov, James DePriest, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Gunter Herbig, Christopher Hogwood, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmut Rilling, Christopher Seaman, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, Richard Westenberg, Hugh Wolff and David Zinman.

Mr. Opalach can be heard on the Argo, Bridge, CRI, Decca, Delos, EMI, Koch International, L’Oiseau-Lyre, Lyrichord, Nonesuch, Teldec, Telarc, VoxBox and Vox Unique labels.  Some of the works recorded include Igor Stravinsky’s Renard/Pulcinella (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Hugh Wolff); J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass, Solo Bass Cantatas 56, 82, 158 (Bach Ensemble, Joshua Rifkin); The Rossini Bicentennial Birthday Gala at Avery Fisher Hall (St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Roger Norrington DVD); Stefan Wolpe’s Quintet with Voice, Elliot Carter’s Syringa (Speculum Musicae); Robert Beaser’s Seven Deadly Sins (Premiere Recording: American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies); L. von Beethoven‘s Der glorreiche Augenblick (World Premiere Recording: The Collegiate Choral, Robert Bass); G.F. Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring/Pulcinella (Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz); Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Kernis’ Love Scenes; selected lieder of Franz Schubert, w/Irma Vallecillo, piano;  J. Haydn’s The Seasons (Amor Artis Classical Orchestra, Johannes Somaryand two chamber opera’s by Paul Salerni: Caruso’s Final Broadcast and The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, a Karl Reiner authorized adaptation of a Dick van Dyke episode.  Most recently for the Avie label, he narrated all the voices for I. Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, conducted by Mark Davis Scatterday and performed by colleagues of The Eastman Virtuosi.