The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica continued The Celebrity Opera Series on December 12 with the talented Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, in concert with orchestra conducted by the charming Marco Boemi.
Perfection is the best way to describe the evening, with Beczala performing works by Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Bizet and Dvořák.
Beczala, who previously performed at The Broad Stage in 2015 and 2012, is acknowledged as one of the most vocally exciting, impressive and sought-after tenors of our time. The Polish-born artist is repeatedly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for not only the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays.
Beczala is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time and a constant guest in the world’s leading opera houses. Piotr Beczala´s 2016-17 season features returns to Chicago, New York, Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, Zürich, and beyond.
Since his debut as The Duke in Rigoletto in 2006, Beczala has sung regularly at the Metropolitan Opera. There he performed in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opposite Anna Netrebko, Prince in Dvorak’s Rusalka, Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, as well as in the title roles of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Faust. In 2011 he accompanied the MET on a tour to Japan, singing Rodolfo and Edgardo. In 2012, Beczala made his role debut as Chevalier des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s new production of Manon, alongside Anna Netrebko as the eponymous heroine, conducted by Fabio Luisi. The production was part of the “HD live” series by the MET and was broadcast live in cinemas throughout the US and over 50 countries worldwide. It was released on DVD, as was his interpretation of the Duke in a new production of Rigoletto, alongside Diana Damrau in January 2013, for which he received the ECHO Klassik Award “Singer of the Year” in 2014. In the 2015/16 season he made his highly acclaimed debut in the title role of Wagner´s Lohengrin opposite Anna Netrebko at the Semperoper Dresden.
The Broad Stage continues to present an impressive roster of world-class opera singers with the underwriting support of the Rigler-Deutsch Foundation. The Celebrity Opera Series is made possible by generous support from The Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. The Broad Stage continues to present an impressive roster of renowned classical artists and opera singers with the underwriting support of the Rigler-Deutsch Foundation. Upcoming events in the series include soprano Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicholas Testé on March 12, 2017, tenor Vittorio Grigòlo and soprano Sonja Yoncheva on March 20, 2017, tenor Michael Fabiano on April 8, 2017, tenor Joseph Calleja in a Tribute to Mario Lanza on May 10, 2017 and tenor Marcelo Àlvarez in An Evening of Tango on July 5, 2017.
Photos: Ben Gibbs