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Karol
Kozłowski

tenor

A graduate of the Vocal and Acting Faculty at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the Dr Stanisław Daniel Kotliński class (MA with distinction) and the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He participated in master classes of Ryszard Karczykowski, Rolando Panerai, Salvatore Fisichella, Sylvia Geszty, Helena Łazarska and Claudio Desderi. He was awarded the second prize at the Hariclea Darclèe International Voice Competition (Romania, 2005). 

In the years 2007-2009 he was a soloist of the Wrocław Opera, where he debuted as Alfred in Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by J. Strauss, and sang also the part of Tamino in The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini, Cassio in Otello by G. Verdi, Archangel in Paradise Lost by K. Penderecki and Edrissi in King Roger by K. Szymanowski. He sang on the stages of i.a.: the Théâtre Montansier in Versailles (Oebalus in W. A. Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus), the Latvian National Opera in Riga (Count Almaviva in G. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville), the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich (Lindoro in G. Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri), the Kyiv Opera (Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger), the Narodni Divadlo in Brno (Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte) and the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, where he sang as Vitellozzo in G. Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, Misail in M. Musorgski’s Boris Godunov, Damazy in S. Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, Young Servant in R. Strauss’ Elektra, Kudryash in L. Janaček’s Katya Kabanova, Edrisi in K. Szymanowski’s King Roger, Goro in G. Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, the Dancing Master and the Lamplighter in G. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Father Mignon in K. Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun (the artist was nominated i.a. for this role for the Polityka’s Passport Award in the category of classical music).

He is a valued performer of baroque compositions, i.a. a parts of the Evangelist in both Bach's Passions. He performed in G. F. Haendel’s operas: Ariodante, Tamerlano and Alcina. He has been collaborating with major Polish baroque music ensembles, performing on authentic instruments i.a. Capella Cracoviensis, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, as well as The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna [Historical Orchestra], Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense, Il Giardino d’Amore and Arte dei Suonatori. He performed under the baton of, i.a. Fabio Bonizzoni, Andreas Spering, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Helmuth Rilling, Kai Wessel, Christophe Rousset, Benjamin Bayl, Joshus Rifkin, Fabio Biondi, Jordi Savall and Jan Tomasz Adamus. 

He performed, i.a. in the stage productions of J. Ph. Rameau’s compositions – as the title Pygmalion (Warsaw Chamber Opera) and Valère and Damon in Les Indes galantes (Opera Nova), as well as lesser-known and for a long time not performed operas: Leonardo Vinci’s Semiramide riconosciuta and Hasse’s Arminio (in Warsaw and Prague).

The unique timbre and versatility of the artist's voice has inspired living composers repeatedly. During several editions of the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Bad Kissingen, Kozłowski performed the pieces written especially for him by i.a. Oliver Schneller, Manfred Trojahn and Bernd Redmann. In 2014 Andrzej Kwieciński dedicated to him his Canzon de 'baci for tenor and orchestra (the piece won in the category of Young Composers at the 61st International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki), and Paweł Mykietyn cast him in the opera The Magic Mountain as Settembrini. The world premiere, directed by Andrzej Chyra took place at Malta Festival 2015 in Poznań. 

For the DUX publishing house, the artist recorded several albums with a vocal lyric (several times nominated for the Fryderyk Award), i.a. Songs by I. J. Paderewski and two Schubert’s cycles: Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise.

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