Jakub Józef Orliński

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Jakub Józef Orliński
Born (1990-12-08) 8 December 1990 (age 29)
Warsaw, Poland
Alma materChopin University of Music
Juilliard School
OccupationOperatic countertenor

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

Education and career[edit]

After singing in a choir as a child, as a teenager Orliński joined a nine-member male vocal group and was chosen to sing countertenor parts in some Renaissance music.[1] He also became a fan of the King's Singers who inspired him to take his interest in the genre further.[1] He began his music career in the male choir Gregorianum led by Berenika Jozajtis, with which he performed both in Poland and abroad.[2] He is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.[3] 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.[4] 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,[5] 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.[6] His performances included Handel's Messiah in cooperation with Musica Sacra and Oratorio Society of New York.[7] 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.[8] He made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera in the 2017/18 season as the title character in Handel's Rinaldo.[9] In 2019, having been invited to perform Eustazio for the Glyndebourne Opera's production in Rinaldo, he was asked two weeks into rehearsals to take over the title rôle.[10][11][1]

Orliński's debut solo album, Anima Sacra, was released on the Erato label on 26 October 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.[12][13]

In 2019, he won the O!Lśnienie cultural award presented by Onet and the city of Kraków in the category of classical music and jazz.[14] In October, he won the Gramophone Classical Music Award in the category of Young Artist of the Year.[15] In 2020, he received the Paszport Polityki Award presented by the Polityka yearly in the category of classical music.[16]

A second album 'Facce d'amore', consisting of "a wide-ranging and well-chosen collection devoted to the many faces of love" from operas by Cavalli, Boretti, Bononcini, Scarlatti, Handel, Predieri, Matteis and Conti, prompted reviewer Brian Robins to commend the singer's "talents as a dramatic singer" and his stylish ornamentation, summing up his voice as "sweet-toned".[17]

Personal life[edit]

Orliński is a champion break-dancer and is a member of the breakdancing collective Skill Fantastikz Crew.[18][19] He has also modelled for fashion brands like Nike and Levi's.[20]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dan Cairns. Baroque and roll star. The Sunday Times – Culture supplement, 11 August 2019, p14-15.
  2. ^ "Koncert Sławecki/Szelazek/Orliński". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński. Kontratenor, który podbija świat". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. ^ "In the wings with Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor. A diva in spite of himself?". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Hyper-High Notes: The Week's 8 Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube – Florid and Fast". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Najlepiej czuję się w muzyce baroku". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  8. ^ "A Millennial Countertenor's Pop-Star Appeal". Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Biography". warnerclassics.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Breakdancing opera singer steps in as Glyndebourne leading lady pulls out". Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Jakub Jozef Orlinski interview: opera's baroque'n'roll Glyndebourne star". Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Announces First Solo Album". operawire.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński – Releases – Anima Sacra". warnerclassics.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Znamy zwycięzców plebiscytu O!Lśnienia 2018! Wojciech Smarzowski O!Lśnieniem roku". Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Young Artist of the Year". Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Muzyka poważna: Jakub Józef Orliński laureatem Paszportów POLITYKI". Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  17. ^ Brian Robins. CD review : Jakub Józef Orliński – Facce d'amore. Opera, February 2020, Vol.71 No.2, p252-253.
  18. ^ "Breakdancing countertenor star Jakub Orliński has opera world spinning on its head". 29 January 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Breakdancing opera singer to perform as lead LADY at Glyndebourne". Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Breakdancing opera singer steps in as Glyndebourne leading lady pulls out". Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Biography". imgartists.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Nagrodzenia na 9. Międzynarodowym Konkursie Wokalnym im. stanisława Moniuszki". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Oratorio Society of New York Announces Winners of 2016 Competition". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Jakub Józef Orliński Biography" (PDF). jakubjozeforlinski.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Hitting a high! Opera's break-dancing cool kid wins prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Award". Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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