PENTATONE is delighted to announce that tenor Piotr Beczala, one of the most celebrated vocalists of our time, is releasing his first album with the label.
“Heart-Wrenching Verismo Arias”
Piotr Beczala, Evgeniya Khomutova, Marco Boemi, Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Global star tenor Piotr Beczala presents Vincerò!, the first fruit of his exclusive collaboration with PENTATONE. Vincerò! is a collection of heart-wrenching opera arias by Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano and Cilea. For Beczala, this recording documents his vocal transition from the lyrical tenor repertoire to the more dramatic roles of Verismo, and thus simultaneously marks a significant new chapter in his stage career. Beczala is accompanied by the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, led by maestro Marco Boemi; an extraordinary singer’s conductor who has worked with the greatest vocalists of our age.
“My new exciting project for 2020 is my recording of Verismo arias, ‘Vincerò!’, for my partners and friends at the ‘Label of the Year’ PENTATONE. With their trust and support, and together with Maestro Marco Boemi and the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, I am embarking on a new journey by discovering some of the greatest tenor characters in opera — such as Turiddu, Canio, Andrea Chénier, and of course Calaf. Thanks to my experience singing the more lyrical roles, I am able to take on the challenge with my own style and expression, putting it all into practice and venturing a step further, presenting the enormous expressiveness and variety of colours of Verismo. In the coming years, works by Giacomo Puccini, Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni will continue to complement my repertoire and I look forward to singing this great music on stage soon!”
This album will be released as 1 SACD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads. (Article number: PTC 5186733)
Nessun Dorma In the midst of the global pandemic crisis, Piotr Beczala releases the single “Nessun Dorma” prior to his album release. The lyrics of this famous aria seem darkly apt in the current circumstances.“All’alba vincerò! vincerò, vincerò! – At dawn I will overcome! I will overcome! I will overcome!” Beczala wants to share through his single this message of hope and invite people to fight through these difficult times together.
Digital Release Date
24 April 2020
Released as digital single for streaming and downloads.
Digital Release Date
24 April 2020
PTC 5186 941
About Piotr Beczala
Piotr Beczala is one of the most sought-after tenors of our time and a constant guest at the world’s leading opera houses. The Polish-born artist is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike not only for the beauty of his voice, but also for his ardent commitment to each character he portrays. In addition to his operatic work, he has sung many of the great vocal works with the world’s most distinguished orchestras and maestri.
Piotr Beczala’s 2019/20 season began on the concert stage: in Hamburg he sang alongside Angela Gheorghiu at the Elbphilharmonie and gave a recital at the Brucknerhaus Linz with pianist Helmut Deutsch. He started his Spain recital tour in Valencia and continued to A Coruña, Sevilla, Zaragoza and Girona. Further concerts and recitals took him to Dresden’s Frauenkirche, where the German TV channel ZDF annually broadcasted the renowned Christmas concert, to the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, to the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and to the Philharmonie in Essen. The tenor sand at the 64th Vienna Opera Ball and performs three Operetta galas at the Zurich Opera House. On the operatic stage, Piotr Beczala sings his role debut as Jontek in a new production of Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Halka at the Theater an der Wien and at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. He also returned to the Vienna State Opera for two productions of Lohengrin and Rusalka.
Piotr Beczala has released two solo albums for Deutsche Grammophon, “My Heart’s Delight” in 2013 and “The French Collection” in 2015. In 2012, he sang the New Year’s Eve concerts at the Semperoper in Dresden, which were directed by Christian Thielemann and released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. A DVD of his stunning debut in the title role of Lohengrin opposite Anna Netrebko as Elsa was released internationally in 2017. His first solo album on Pentatone featuring verismo arias will be released in 2020.
In 2014 Mr. Beczala was awarded at the ECHO Klassik Award as “Singer of the Year” and in 2019 he was honoured as Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera.
Photo by Julia Wesely