Dr hab. Artur Stefanowicz
Artur Stefanowicz graduated from the Department of Vocal Studies Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (1991) where he studied with prof. Jerzy Artysz. He continued his education as a singer, studying with Paul Esswood and prof. Jadwiga Rappé. He won the 1st prize named after Venanzio Rauzzini at the International Mozart Vocal Competition in Vienna (1990) and the 2nd prize at the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch (1991). Since 1991, he has performed with numerous well-known orchestras and ensembles such as La Fenice Theatre Orchestre, Berliner Symphoniker, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Soloists Concerto Avenna, Clemencic Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hedos Ensemble, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Il Fondamento, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Les Arts Florissants, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Akademie für Alte Musik, Concerto Italiano, and worked with conductors such as Karol Teutsch, Leopold Hager, Philippe Entremont, Zdenek Kosler, Frieder Bernius, Christophe Coin, Paul Dombrecht, Patrick Peire, William Christie, Roy Goodman, Noel Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket, Peter Eötvös, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, René Jacobs, Philip Pickett, Michael Hofstetter, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Andrey Boreyko, Gustav Leonhard. Among other venues and events, he has performed at the Opera Comique in Paris, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Opera in Marseilles, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Festival Aix-en-Provence, London, Zurich, Palermo - Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, English National Opera in London, Opera Festival in Glyndebourne and Music Festival in Montreux Vevey, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Royal Festival Hall, Opernhaus Halle, New York City Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Early Music Festival in Innsbruck, Théâtre des Champs Elysés, Festival van Vlaanderen, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Komische Oper in Berlin, Teatro Liceo in Salamanca, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Handel Festspiele Halle, Bayreuther Barock Filharmonie, in Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Dublin, Winnipeg, Taipei, Wratislavia Cantans Festival, or South Bank Early Music Festival at Royal Festival Hall.
His opera repertoire covers such roles as Mozart’s Ascanio (Ascanio in Alba) Farnace (Mitridate Re di Ponto), Apollo (Apollo et Hyacithus), Händel’s Arsamenes (Xerxes), Julio Cesare,Tolomeo (Julio Cesare), Polinesso (Ariodante), Bertarido,Unulfo (Rodelinda), Tamerlano (Tamerlano), Didymus (Theodora) and Orlando (Orlando), Gluck’s Orfeo (Orfeo et Euridice), Monteverdi’s Ottone (Coronation of Poppea) and Scarlatti’s Ottone (La Griselda), Strauss’ Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), or Stravinsky’s Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress). Artur Stefanowicz is also known as an outstanding performer of oratorio and cantata music. His repertoire spans from medieval to contemporary works (Bernstein, Schnittke, Nyman, Loevendie, Penderecki, Zubel).
In 2009, Artur Stefanowicz debuted as a director who has very successfully staged the opera “Julius Cesar” by G.F. Händel at the Grand Theatre in Łódź. Artur Stefanowicz has made numerous recordings for Polskie Nagrania, Elysium Records, BMG/Arte, Nova Classics, PolyGram Polska, Erato, Koch Classics, Hungaroton, Warner Music Vision, and other labels.
In 2013, he obtained his post-doctoral degree; he has taught his own solo singing class at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He also became musical supervisor at the Opera Institute, and in 2017 he was entrusted with the function of manager of this joint project of the NADA, AFA and FCUM in Warsaw.
In 2017, he debuted as a conductor at the Pomeranian Philharmonic.