Jakub Józef Orliński

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Jakub Józef Orliński
Born (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 28)
Warsaw, Poland
Alma materFryderyk Chopin University of Music
OccupationOpera singer

Jakub Józef Orliński (born 8 December 1990 in Warsaw) is a Polish opera singer (countertenor).

Education and career[edit]

Orliński began his music career in the male choir Gregorianum led by Berenika Jozajtis, with which he performed both in Poland and abroad.[1] He is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.[2] During his studies he participated in a number of performances organized by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Opera Academy of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw, and from 2015 to 2017 he studied at the Juilliard School with Edith Wiens.[3] In Poland, he performed the roles of Cupid in Venus and Adonis by Blow and Narciso in Agrippina by Handel. During his stay in Germany, he performed the role of Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina in Aachen and Cottbus,[4] and performed selected songs by Purcell at the Leipzig Opera.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall as well as Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and met with positive critical reviews from The New York Times.[5] His performances included Handel's Messiah in cooperation with Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York.[6] He also performed in Jonathan Dove's Flight with Juilliard Opera. In 2017, he sang the role of Ottone in Handel's Agrippina with Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima: Music and Arts From the Venetian Republic. He took part in the Karlsruhe Handel Festival where he sang Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus and excerpts from Handel's Dixit Dominus. In the same year, he made his debut appearance at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Cavalli's opera Erismena.[7] He made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera in the 2017/18 season as the title character in Handel's Rinaldo.[8]

Orliński's debut solo album, Anima Sacra, was released on the Erato label on October 26, 2018, with music by orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev. It consists of Baroque arias by various composers from the Neapolitan School, including what is thought to be world premiere recordings of eight works.[9][10]

In January 2019, he received a nomination for the Paszport Polityki Award in the category of classical music.[11] In March, he won the O!Lśnienie cultural award presented by Onet and the city of Kraków in the category of classical music and jazz.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Orliński is a champion break-dancer and is a member of the breakdancing collective Skill Fantastikz Crew.[13]



  1. ^ "Koncert Sławecki/Szelazek/Orliński". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński. Kontratenor, który podbija świat". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  3. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  4. ^ "In the wings with Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor. A diva in spite of himself?". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  5. ^ "Hyper-High Notes: The Week's 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube - Florid and Fast". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  6. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Najlepiej czuję się w muzyce baroku". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  7. ^ "A Millennial Countertenor's Pop-Star Appeal". Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  8. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Biography". warnerclassics.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  9. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Announces First Solo Album". operawire.com. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  10. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Releases – Anima Sacra". warnerclassics.com. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  11. ^ "Paszport nabiera dojrzałości". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  12. ^ "Znamy zwycięzców plebiscytu O!Lśnienia 2018! Wojciech Smarzowski O!Lśnieniem roku". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  13. ^ "Breakdancing countertenor star Jakub Orliński has opera world spinning on its head". 29 January 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Biography". imgartists.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  15. ^ "Nagrodzenia na 9. Międzynarodowym Konkursie Wokalnym im. stanisława Moniuszki". Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  16. ^ "Oratorio Society of New York Announces Winners of 2016 Competition". Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  17. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Biography" (PDF). jakubjozeforlinski.com. Retrieved 2018-05-19.

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