Professor Włodzimierz Zalewski, DMus Hab.

Born in Łódź.

A singer affil­i­ated with the Great The­atre — Nation­al Opera in War­saw and the Great The­atre in Łódź, the Graży­na and Kiejs­tut Bacewicz Acad­e­my of Music in Łódź and the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw.

He grad­u­ated from the Vocal and Act­ing Depart­ment at the State High­er School of Music in Łódź, Pro­fes­sor Zdzisław Krzywicki’s class, in 1976 (diplo­ma with hon­ours). He is the win­ner of many vocal com­pe­ti­tions, awards and hon­ourable men­tions.

He has over 50 lead­ing oper­atic roles in his reper­tory and has pre­sented them in Poland and abroad, e.g., in Ger­many, Aus­tria, Switzer­land, France, Greece and Hol­land. The roles he holds in great­est esteem are: Gurne­manza in Richard Wagner’s Par­si­fal, the title role in his Fly­ing Dutch­man, Zachary in Nabuc­co, the title role in Atti­la, Philip the Sec­ond and the Grand Inquisi­tor in Don Car­los, Wal­ter in Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller, Fiesco in his Simon Boc­cane­gra, Scarpi in Gia­como Puccini’s Tosca, Baron Ochs von Lerchenau in Richard Strauss’s The Rose Cav­a­lier, Don Piz­zaro in Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Fide­lio, the title role in Mod­est Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Gremin in Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky’s Eugene One­gin, Kochubey in his Mazep­pa, Men­doza in Sergei Prokofiev’s Betrothal in the Monastery, Cre­on in Igor Stravinsky’s Oedi­pus Rex, Duke Blue­beard in Bela Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Cas­tle, the title role in Mozart’s Don Gio­vanni and Saras­tro in his Mag­ic Flute, Van Bett in Albert Lortzing’s Zar and Zim­mer­mann, Zbig­niew and Skołu­ba in Stanisław Moniuszko’s Haunt­ed Manor and Esquire in his Hal­ka.

He has sung in Pol­ish and world pre­mieres of the fol­low­ing works: San­dor Balassy’s Drausen von der Tur (Ein­bi­ni­ger), title role in Karl Kogler’s Kohlhass (record and film), Romuald Twardowski’s Maria Stu­art and Lord Jim, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ubu Rex and Elż­bi­eta Sikora’s Heart­snatcher (l’Arrache-coeur).

He has made many CD, tele­vi­sion and radio record­ings.

He also has a rich ora­to­rio reper­tory includ­ing: Georg Friedrich Händel’s Mes­siah, Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach’s St. John Pas­sion, St. Matthew Pas­sion, Mass in B Minor, Christ­mas Ora­to­rio, East­er Ora­to­rio, Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, Gioachi­no Rossini’s Sta­bat Mater, Petite Messe Solen­nelle, Giuseppe Verdi’s Mes­sa da Requiem, Antonin Dvorak’s RequiemSta­bat Mater, Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Mis­sa Solem­nis and Sym­phony No. 9. He also has many song cycles in his reper­tory: Franz Schubert’s Schwa­nenge­sang, Win­ter­re­ise, Robert Schumann’s Dichter­liebe, Johannes Brahms’s Vier ern­ste Gesänge, Mod­est Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, Hugo Wolf’s Michael Ange­lo Lieder, and many oth­er songs by Pol­ish and for­eign com­posers.

He has col­lab­o­rated with renowned con­duc­tors includ­ing Zyg­munt Latoszews­ki, Jerzy Katlewicz, Jerzy Semkow, Hen­ryk Czyż, Antoni Wicherek, Bogusław Madey, Antoni Wit, Semy­on Bychkov, Man­fred Mayrhofer Ger­d Medie­z, Roma­n Zeilin­ge­r, and Chri­stia­n Thie­le­ma­n. He has per­formed under such stage direc­tors as Andrzej Żuław­ski, Marek Weiss-Grze­sińs­ki, Paul Flie­der, Pier Lui­gi Pizzi, Pier Lui­gi Pier’Alli, Gil­bert Deflo, Mar­cel Blu­wal, Willi Dec­ker, or Chri­stof Loy.

Włodz­imierz Zalews­ki has been teach­ing since 1980. He is a full pro­fes­sor. His for­mer stu­dents have won many prizes at Pol­ish and inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. They sing at the best opera stages in the world (MET, La Scala, Cowent Gar­den, Bol­shoi….). Among his most out­stand­ing for­mer stu­dents are Piotr Nowac­ki, Mar­iusz Kwie­cień, Daniel Borow­ski, Piotr Miciń­ski, Dar­iusz Machej, Remi­giusz Łukom­ski, Arnold Rut­kow­ski, Sta­ni­sław Kier­ner, Łukasz Rosi­ak, Tomasz Rud­nicki, Dami­an Konie­czek, Piotr Płu­ska, Miro­sław Wit­kow­ski, and Szy­mon Komasa.

The artist is an author of lec­tures on vocal teach­ing. He is also a jury mem­ber (often head of jury) at many singing com­pe­ti­tions.

He con­ducts mas­ter cours­es for young singers in Poland, e.g.: in Nowy Sącz, Duszni­ki-Zdrój, acad­e­mies of music in Kato­wi­ce, Byd­gosz­cz, Wro­cła­w, Bia­ły­stok, as well as abroad, e.g.: Roy­al Col­lege of Music in Stock­holm, Hoch­schule für Musik Det­mold, Uni­ver­si­tät für Musik und dar­stel­lende Kun­st Graz.

Every year since 2004 he has been the founder of mas­ter cours­es and con­certs Glan­zlich­ter der Oper in Rheins­berg (Musika­cad­e­mie).

He has super­vised and reviewed many doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tions and reviewed post­doc­toral dis­ser­ta­tions and pro­fes­sor­ships. He was the super­vi­sor of Hon­orary Doc­tor­ates of out­stand­ing singers: Tere­sa Kubi­ak and Christa Lud­wig.

In the peri­od of 2002–2005 he was Head of the Chair of Vocal Stud­ies at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw, and between 2002 and 2008 he held the func­tion of Dean of the Depart­ment of Vocal and Act­ing Stud­ies at the Graży­na and Kiejs­tut Acad­emy of Music in Łódź.


last modified: 01/03/2018