2015–16 Season: Rodrigo in Don Carlo
Mariusz Kwiecien is recognized worldwide as one of the leading baritones before the public today and returns to San Francisco Opera following his acclaimed performances in the title role of Don Giovanni. 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.
In 2014-2015, Kwiecien opened the season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Don Giovanni. At the Metropolitan Opera, he sang Marcello in La Bohème and the Count in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro. He performed the title role of King Roger with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also heard at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in the title role of Eugene Onegin.
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 Warsaw Opera as Onegin.