Known for his handsome voice, incisive musicianship and captivating stage presence, he performs with the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Bavarian State Opera, and with many other renowned theaters around the world. He is in demand for his portrayals of the title role in Don Giovanni, King Roger, and Eugene Onegin, as well as for Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Riccardo in I puritani, and Rodrigo di Posa in Don Carlo.
Mr. Kwiecien’s 2015-2016 season begins with performances of the title role of Don Giovanni with the Vienna State Opera. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera to perform roles in two new productions: Zurga in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and staged by Penny Woolcock, and the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux, mounted by David McVicar and under the baton of Maurizio Benini. In the spring of 2016, he sings Rodrigo in Don Carlo with the San Francisco Opera, led by music director Nicola Luisotti.
Last season, Mr. Kwiecien opened the season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Don Giovanni. At the Metropolitan Opera, he was heard as Marcello in La bohéme and the Count in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro. He sang the title role of King Roger with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also performed the title role of Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Mariusz Kwiecien opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 season singing the title role in a new production of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. He also returned to the Paris Opera to sing Riccardo in a new production of I puritani, a role he reprised later in the season at the Metropolitan Opera. In February 2014, he performed the title role in Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in a new production directed by Kasper Holten, and conducted by Antonio Pappano. He was also heard at the Vienna State Opera and the Warsaw Opera as Onegin.
He began the 2012-13 season singing Belcore in a new production of L’elisir d’amore at The Metropolitan Opera. He returned to Bilbao, Spain to sing Szymanowski’s King Roger, and he sang his first performances of Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at Teatro Real in Madrid. He returned to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden for his role debut as Rodrigo in Don Carlo. He was also heard in concerts of operatic arias and duets with orchestra in Prague, Bratislava and Moscow.
Mariusz Kwiecien sang the title role of Don Giovanni in a new production for the Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast in high definition in theaters around the world. Don Giovanni was also the role for his debut at the New National Theater in Tokyo and his return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic in May 2012 for fully staged performances of the opera in Disney Hall under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. During the summer, he returned home to Krakow to sing Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and to The Santa Fe Opera for performances of the title role in a new production of King Roger.
Mr. Kwiecien sang Enrico in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor to open the Metropolitan Opera’s season, which he later reprised for a live high definition broadcast to theaters in 46 countries around the world and for a DVD recording on Deutsche Grammophon. His first solo recording, Slavic Heroes, was released in January 2012 on the Harmonia Mundi label, and his performance of Eugene Onegin for the Bolshoi Opera was recorded live on DVD and released by BelAir Classiques. He has also recorded Brahms’ German Requiem with the Rotterdam Philharmonic on DVD for BIS and with the Atlanta Symphony for Telarc.
The title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni has been essential in Mariusz Kwiecien’s career. The international press has exalted his performances of the Don at San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Warsaw Opera and Santa Fe Opera, and for many other opera houses in Europe, Japan and the United States. He is also closely associated with the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin which took him to Moscow for his debut at the Bolshoi in a production which he subsequently performed with the Bolshoi Company at the Paris Opera, Covent Garden and Teatro Real, Madrid. He created a sensation at the Paris Opera in his first performances of Szymanowski’s King Roger.
In the 2010-11 season, Mr. Kwiecien returned to the Metropolitan Opera for his celebrated portrayal of Malatesta in Don Pasquale under the baton of James Levine and sang Marcello in La bohéme with the company on tour in Japan. He sang the title role in King Roger at Teatro Real Madrid, Eugene Onegin in Krakow and was heard in solo concerts in Prague and Łódź, Poland.
Mariusz Kwiecien is a native of Krakow, Poland. He was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.