He is one of the most outstanding opera singers in the world. His vocal art is recognized by audiences and critics alike and has given him access to the largest and most prestigious opera houses. In the 2009/2010 season, the Austrian magazine “Festspiele” included the artist in its list of the 20 best opera singers in the world. In February 2016 he made his debut on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
Artur Rucinski is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. In 2002 he made his debut on the stage of the Great Theater – National Opera in Warsaw in the title role in Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. On this stage he has appeared in the most important baritone roles, including: Janusz in Halka, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades (conducted by Valery Gergiev), Valentin in Faust by Robert Wilson . He also collaborates with opera theaters in Kraków, Poznań, Lodz, Wrocław, Bydgoszcz and Gdańsk.
His debut on the stage of the Berlin State Opera in the role of Onegin in 2009, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, was a great success and the beginning of a brilliant career. In the same year he appeared at the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona in the title role of Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger. A year later he took part in the season opening at the Hamburg State Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor, alongside Piotr Beczała, among others. He returned to this theater to appear in Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata and Falstaff. At the turn of the year 2010/2011 he appeared in Valencia under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel as Lescaut in Jules Massenet’s opera Manon. A renewed invitation to this theater led to performances in the role of Onegin. In the Oslo Philharmonic and in the Musikverein Goldener Saal in Vienna he was applauded in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. In the same season he also sang for the first time in the famous Arena di Verona in Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. A year later he returned to the Arena di Verona.
In the 2011/2012 season he returned to the Berlin State Opera in the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, again conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This season he also sang the role of Marcello in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème at Los Angeles Opera. Success in the role led to an invitation to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and a performance as Francesco in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Masnadieri at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples set a new tone in his career as a Verdi baritone. In the 2012/2013 season he appeared in Bilbao in La Traviata, at the Hamburg State Opera as Ford in Falstaff, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in I Masnadieri, at the Opera Bastille in Paris in Falstaff, at the Theater an der Wien and in the Arena di Verona in the role of Count Luna in Il Trovatore.
In the 2013/2014 season he sang at the Teatro Regio di Parma (I Masnadieri), at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Falstaff), at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Onegin), at the Frankfurt Opera (Falstaff), at the Budapest Opera ( Le nozze di Figaro) and made his debut in another Verdi role – as Ezio in a concert performance of Attila at the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw.
In spring 2014 he made his debut at London’s Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as Giorgio Germont (La Traviata). In November he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Simon Boccanegra with Placido Domingo in the title role) and then sang at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Il trovatore). He began 2015 with the first performances of his career at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (La Traviata) and shortly afterwards returned to the stage of the Grand Theater – National Opera in Warsaw as Onegin, as well as performing in Valencia (Don Pasquale) as well as at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Zurich Opera House (Lucia di Lammermoor). The 2014/15 season culminated with a series of performances of Il Trovatore at the Salzburg Festival in August.
In September 2015 he sang Don Giovanni on the stage of the Paris Opera Bastille. At the end of the same year he premiered one of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s last works, Sanctus Adalbertus, and recorded Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat mater for Warner Classics with the ensembles of the National Philharmonic under Jacek Kaspszyk. Before making his February debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, he was admired as Eugene Onegin at the Royal Opera House in London (January 2016), where he soon returned for a series of performances of Lucia di Lammermoor. Appearances at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Arena di Verona rounded off the 2015/16 season.
The first months of 2017 are on the artist’s calendar with further performances of Lucia di Lammermoor (Covent Garden and New National Theater in Tokyo) and a return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (Il Trovatore).
The 2017/18 season was filled with further productions of Verdi operas: La Traviata at the San Francisco Opera and I Masnedieri in Rome. It was at the Opera Bastille in Paris that Artur Rucinski made his debut as Gianni Schicchi, appearing in a number of performances of Puccini’s La Boheme. In June and July 2018 he was acclaimed by the audience at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor. In November and December 2018 he sang for the Chicago Lyric Opera for the first time (Il Trovatore) and appeared in a concert performance of Verdi’s Luisa Miller in Monte Carlo. The artist’s calendar for the first half of 2019 was filled with performances in Zurich (Lucia di Lammermoor), at the Opera National de Paris (Jolanta) and in Madrid (Il Trovatore), among others.
In the summer of 2020 he performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid (La Traviata), returning in the autumn as Renato in Verdi’s Masked Ball. In June and July 2021 he was again seen at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Sicily). In the following season, Artur Rucinski was, among others, in the Suntory Hall in Tokyo (La Traviata), in Monte Carlo (The Corsair), in Naples (Eugene Onegin) and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor). applauded.
In the current 2022/23 season, the artist can be seen in Zurich, Madrid (for the first time as Amonasro in Aida), New York (La Traviata and Fedora). He is also returning to the German theatres: to the Munich and Berlin State Operas (Traviata).