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'Impassioned' Polish tenor Piotr Beczała earns plaudits at MET

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Peter Gentle 05.02.2014 14:56
Piotr Beczała has received rave reviews when appearing as the Prince in a revival of Anton Dvorak’s ‘Rusalka’ at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Reviewing the production in the New York Times, Zachary Woolfe wrote: ‘Piotr Beczała was wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned’.

‘Rusalka’ runs at the Met through 15 February.

Saturday’s production will be broadcast to some 2, 000 cinemas and theatres in 64 countries as part of the ‘Met: Live in HD’ series.

The venues include a cinema in Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland, Beczała’s hometown, which recently granted the singer its honorary citizenship. Beczała maintains close contact with the town.

For the past few years, he’s been sponsoring regular visits to opera performances and symphonic concerts in Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice for groups of children from his former school. ‘If only one of these kids became a professional musician or singer, I would see it as my great success’, Beczała told the Polish Press Agency.

Beczała sang in Met’s inaugural production of the current season, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin on the autumn of 2013, and is due to return there next season in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Yolanta’ and Verdi’s ‘The Masked Ball’. (mk)

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