Tenor Piotr Beczala has enjoyed a long career encompassing performances of operas from Italy, Germany, and France, as well as from his native Eastern Europe. In middle age, he has added Italian verismo operas to his repertory. Beczala (pronounced Be-tsa-wa with the proper Polish diacritical marks in place) was born on December 28, 1966, in Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland. He studied singing at the Katowice Academy of Music; among his teachers were Pavel Lisitsian and Sena Jurinac. Beczala came of age as a singer just as opportunities were opening in the West after the fall of Communism, and he joined the cast of the Linz State Theater in Austria in 1992. He moved on in 1997 to the Zurich Opera in Switzerland. Major debuts at international houses began in 2004 with an appearance as the Italian Tenor in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier ...
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