September 04, 2023

Piotr Beczala Featured on the Cover of Opéra Magazine’s September Issue

“It’s a lesson in wisdom offered by a model of longevity.

Pentatone artist Piotr Beczala is featured on the cover of Opera Magazine’s September issue! In addition to discussing his latest album Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky Romances, he speaks about his inspiration in the classical world, his signature roles and his great wish to open school for young singers.

If the Polish tenor approached his Wagnerian transformation with caution, following both an invitation and the wise advice of Christian Thielemann, Lohengrin has become one of his signature roles since he first portrayed it at the Semperoper in Dresden in 2016. He will make his eagerly awaited return to the Opéra National de Paris as the Knight of the Swan after a seven-year absence, in the new production directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, starting on September 23rd. Simultaneously, his second recital for Pentatone is being released, dedicated to the melodies of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. It’s a lesson in wisdom offered by a model of longevity.

Par Thibault Vicq

“I have been working with Helmut for a long time, but we only recently discovered our common love for this repertoire! We had to do a long job of selecting from the approximately three hundred melodies composed by Tchaikovsky, and I am very proud of those we have chosen. For fifty years, they have been interpreted with a certain operatic emphasis. We took the risk of going for something more intimate and more delicate, with piano nuances , without ritenuto systematic. Although we finished this recording two years ago, I did not want to promote a program of Russian music in the context of the war in Ukraine. Nevertheless, this repertoire does not belong to Russia, but to the whole world. It is important to keep playing it, even in these difficult times.”

Piotr Beczala