Bartosz Urbanowicz brings an impressive resume to the stage for an artist so early in his career. His musical education began at the Music School of Rzeszów where he studied with noted voice teacher Anna Budzinska. After four years of study, he graduated and began his advanced training at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice where he was granted an advanced degree with honors in 2005. Even at an early age Bartosz offered an exceptional voice and presence on stage. In 2005, at age 23, he debuted as Varlaam in Boris Gudunov, a role he was to reprise with Wroclaw Opera in early 2013. Another important performance was a tour de force as Leporello in Don Giovanni.
During his educational years Bartosz had the opportunity to perform roles such as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, and soloist in Bach’s Magnificat. By the time he completed his education, Bartosz began performing regularly with several of the larger companies in Poland. Important roles and dates include Gawrius in D. Szostkowski’s opera Gracze and playing the dual roles of Louis Capet and Condorcet in Roger Waters’ opera Ça Ira which had its pre-premiere in August, 2006. The event was televised by National Television Program One.
Adding to his impressive list of accomplishments, Bartosz performed in Completorium by G. G. Gorczycki after which he took part in a ten concert tour of the production in Italy. Upon completion of the Italian tour he participated in creation of the professional studio recording of Gorczycki’s opera. During his early years he was fortunate to work with directors such as Gianfranco De Bosio, Maciej Prus, Wies Ochman, Janusz Józefowicz, and Grzegorz Jarzyna.
Bartoz accepted a contract with Mannheim Opera for the 2013-14 season and immediately became one of the favorites of the company. Asked to stay on, he will be performing as Dr. Vigelius in Der Ferne Klang, 2015-16. His previous 2015 appearances include Escamillo in Carmen, Oberpriester Apollons in Alceste, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Vicomte Cascada in The Merry Widow in 2014, and Cuno in Der Freischütz, 2013-14.
Prior to his move to Mannheim, Germany, Bartosz worked regularly with three of Poland’s largest opera companies, Wroclaw, Krakow, and Posnan Opera. February 2013 saw him perform as Stolnik in Moniuszko’s Halka and as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for Wroclaw Opera. He is a frequent voice on opera recordings in his home country and is in demand when an exceptional voice and presence on stage are required.
Bartosz resides in Mannheim, Germany with his wife Karina. When not on stage, he travels to the United States regularly to visit his aunt and uncle in San Diego, California. Qualified for and O-1 Visa from the USCIS, Bartoz is available for auditions and/or work in the United States when not on stage in Europe.
RAIMONDO, Lucia di Lammermoor, Mannheim Opera 2017
AMLETO, Marcello, Bregenzer Festspiele, July 2016
DR. VIGELIUS, Der Ferne Klang, Mannheim Opera, 2015-16
ESCAMILLO, Carmen, Mannheim Opera, 2015
OBERPRIESTER APOLLONS, Alceste, Mannheim Opera, 2015
DULCAMARA, L'elisir d'amore, Mannheim Opera, 2015
VICOMTE CASCADA, The Merry Widow, Mannheim Opera, 2014
CUNO, Der Freischütz, Mannheim Opera, 2013-14
DON ALFONSO, Cosi fan tutte, Wroclaw Opera, February, 2013
STOLNIK, Halka, Wroclaw Opera, February, 2013
VARLAAM, Boris Gudunov, Wroclaw Opera, January, 2013
TOM/SAMUEL, Un ballo in maschera, Wroclaw Opera, 2012
MONTERONE/ SPARAFUCILE, Rigoletto, Wroclaw Opera, 2012
LODOVICO, Otello, Wroclaw Opera, 2012
OLD HEBREW, Samson and Delilah, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
ESCAMILLO/ ZUNIGA, Carmen, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
ZBIGNIEW, Straszny Dwór, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
DZIEMBA, Halka, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
COLLINE, La Bohème, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
PRINCE HALICKI, Prince Igor, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
FIGARO, Le Nozze di Figaro, Wroclaw Opera, 2011
GRIEMIN/ZARECKI, ?ugene Onegin, Cracow Opera, 2010
ESCAMILLO/ZNIGA, Carmen, Cracow Opera, 2010
ANGELOTTI, Tosca, Cracow Opera, 2009
SURIN, Queen of Spades, Cracow Opera, 2009
BONZO, Madame Butterfly, Cracow Opera, 2009
LEPORELLO, Don Giovanni, Cracow Opera, 2009
BITEROLF, Tannhauser, Poznan Opera Theater, 2009
BANKO, Macbeth, Poznan Opera Theater, 2009
A HERMIT, Der Freischütz, Poznan Opera Theater, 2008
ORATORIO AND CONCERT APPEARANCES AS A SOLOIST
SOLOIST, Polish Art Patron Recital, San Diego, California, 2012
SOLOIST, Polish Television Recital, Warsaw Poland, 2011
SOLOIST, Polish Art Patron Recital, San Diego, California, 2010
SOLOIST, Polish National Radio, Warsaw, Poland, 2008
2004-2008 Poznan Opera Theater Resident Artist
2001-05 Katowice Academy of Music
Semi-finalist – 2010 Belvedere International Vocal Competition;
Finalist – 2007 S. Moniuszki International Vocal Competition;
Winner for Best Bass Voice – 2006 A. Didur International Vocal Competition.
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