Jakub Józef Orliński: In the Footsteps of Old Masters

Jakub Józef Orliński (photo: Honorata Karapuda)

Model, breakdancer, social media star – Jakub Józef Orliński is successful in many areas. But of course, the world of singing is his home turf. Thanks to his clear, dark-timbred, richly nuanced alto voice, he is one of the most acclaimed countertenors of our day. Together with the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, he transports us to the Baroque era with works by Claudio Monteverdi, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Barbara Strozzi, Francesco Cavalli and other composers. We experience an age in which an emotionally-charged, highly virtuosic vocal style established itself: ideal conditions for Jakub Józef Orliński to display every facet of his artistry.

Jakub Józef Orliński countertenor

Il pomo dʼoro


Works by Claudio Monteverdi, Biagio Marini, Giulio Caccini, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Johann Caspar Kerll, Barbara Strozzi, Francesco Cavalli, Carlo Pallavicino, Giovanni Cesare Netti, Antonio Sartorio, Adam Jarzebski and Sebastiano Moratelli

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Jakub Jozef Orliński

Does he owe his success to natural talent? "No," says Jakub Józef Orliński, the star with the velvety falsetto voice, who won numerous competitions as a break-dancer and worked as a model before devoting himself to music: "I worked a lot and was actually a rather poor singer. But it was always my ambition to constantly improve." The Warsaw-born singer, who is now one of the best countertenors in the world, started out as a classical choir singer, studying at the Juilliard School with Edith Wiens and at the Frédéric Chopin University of Music in Warsaw with Anna Radiejewska. Orliński has long since made a name for himself internationally as an interpreter of works by Purcell, Vivaldi and, above all, Handel. He has been a guest at the festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées and the Theater an der Wien, and worked with ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants under William Christie and Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski. It is hardly surprising that he is also popular with a young audience: "I do a lot on Instagram. I want to show people what it means to be a freelance singer. You spend two months in one place for rehearsals and performances, but in between you're on the road in other cities. People can follow what I do and see what my everyday life is like."

Il pomo d’oro

Sensational, dynamic, breathtaking: all these adjectives have been applied to Il pomo d’oro (The Golden Apple), one of the "most brilliant ensembles on the early music scene" (BBC Music Magazine). So it comes as no surprise to learn that the ensemble named itself after the "Festa teatrale" of the same name by Italian Baroque composer Antonio Cesti. The opulent open-air spectacle of 1668 featured 300 horses; 73,000 fireworks were set off, 24 stage sets were erected, and the whole thing lasted eight hours. This operatic superlative inspires the members of the Italian original-instrument ensemble, founded in 2012, to make music with an "explosive footprint" that has earned it a "reputation as perhaps the most exciting baroque team of our time" (Rondo). Il pomo d'oro has been impressing audiences around the world with its temperament and refined playing for over 10 years, with programs such as In War and Peace or Eden together with the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, or Anima Aeterna with the countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński. In Maxim Emelyanychev, they were able to win one of today’s most interesting young musicians as chief conductor. The ensemble's recordings have been awarded the Opus Klassik, the Italian Abbiato del Disco and the German Record Critics' Award. Acclaimed performances have taken Il pomo d'oro to the Opéra Royal in Versailles, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris, the Theater an der Wien and London's Wigmore Hall, among other places.