2019–20 Season: Arsace, Partenope
Making his San Francisco Opera debut as Arsace, Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stagecraft. An exclusive Erato/Warner Classics artist, his debut album, Anima Sacra, a recital of 18th-century rediscovered sacred arias with the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’oro, was released last fall. Highlights of his current season include an international recital tour with Il Pomo d’oro in conjunction with the album, as well as his Carnegie Hall solo concert debut featuring members of New York Baroque Incorporated.
On the opera stage, he will debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo and return to Oper Frankfurt as Unulfo in Rodelinda, which will also serve as his house debut with Opéra de Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm.
Recent highlights include a critically lauded solo recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, his Festival d’Aix-en-Provence debut as Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena, a concert tour of Rinaldo with The English Concert and Harry Bicket, and Carnegie Hall appearances in Handel’s Messiah with both Musica Sacra and the Oratorio Society of New York.
A graduate of Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and The Juilliard School, he is a winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition. In the summer of 2017, his live performance of Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto” on France Musique quickly amassed more than two million views.
In his spare time, Orliński enjoys breakdancing, in addition to other styles of dance. His achievements in this arena include prizes in many dance competitions, and he has been featured in a commercial for the street wear company CROPP, as well as featured as a dancer, model, and acrobat in campaigns for Levi’s, Nike, Turbokolor, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, MAC Cosmetics, Dannon, and Algida.