Published on April 20th, 2012 03:12 AM
ARTIST: PIOTR BECZALA
FACH: LYRIC TENOR
BORN IN: Czechowiche-Dziedzice, Poland
CURRENTLY IN: MANON (Massenet) as des Grieux, alongside Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera House, New York City. Two more performances, April 20 and 23. Next, recital in Santa Monica on April 28. Strauss songs recital in Zurich, May 7, followed by Ballo in Maschera (Gustavo) on the same venue, May 17, 19, 24, 31. La Boheme on June 5, 7, and 10 also in Zurich.
Opera Lively envoys Almaviva and rgz (Ian Cowan) - with some of the questions authored by member Aramis - interviewed Mr. Beczala at his press representative's office KKN Enterprises in the Upper West Side, NYC. We thank Karen Kriendler Nelson for her hospitality and for arranging for the interview and a backstage visit after Manon, and Aramis for his contributions with questions. We also had the pleasure of meeting the singer's lovely wife, portrayed here with him in one of our photos.
Mr. Beczala has strong opinions and is not shy about them. His views on opera and the current directing trends are quite incisive, and will be of great interest to our readers.