Baritone Artur Ruciński belongs to a selected group of Polish opera singers who have risen to international fame in recent years.
Born in Warsaw, he studied at the Academy of Music and started building his repertoire in performances with the Warsaw Chamber Opera and at the Warsaw National Theatre, where he made his debut in 2002 singing the title role in Eugene Onegin, of which Polish Music Journal reported: "... Artur Ruciński's beautiful singing and lyric quality was the highlight of the evening". Soon followed invitations to sing with Valery Gerghiev Prinz Jelecky in The Queen of Spades, title role in Onegin and Valentin in a new Robert Wilson production of Faust.
However, the turning point of his career came when M° Daniel Barenboim heard him and invited him on the spot to sing Eugene Onegin under his baton and alongside Rolando Villazon at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in March/April 2010.
The years that followed brought performances in many of the world's most important opera houses and concert halls. The late music journalist Karl Löbl wrote of his Carmina Burana: “Baritone Discovery at Vienna Musikverein – take note of the name Artur Ruciński and go to every opera in which you can hear this singer...”.
He appeared at Bregenz Festival (Tadeusz in Weinberg's The Passenger), Teatro Liceu Barcelona (Krol Roger), Hamburg State Oper (Lord Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor), Valencia (Lescaut in Manon with Lorin Maazel conducting and Eugene Onegin, conducted by Maestro Wellber and recorded on DVD). He returned to Berlin to sing again under M° Barenboim, this time Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. In summer 2011, Artur Ruciński made his debut at the Arena di Verona with Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio) to much acclaim by press and public. He went on to sing I Masnadieri (Francesco di Moor), Messa di Gloria and Kindertotenlieder in Naples with M° Luisotti conducting.
January 2012 saw his UK debut, giving a solo Rosenblatt recital of opera arias and Tadeusz Baird's Four Love Sonnets, settings of Polish translations from Shakespeare, at London's St. John's Smith Square in London. In May 2012 he made his American debut as Marcello in La Bohème with Los Angeles Opera, and in 2013 he debuted at the Opéra Bastille in Paris as Ford in Falstaff, and returned to Arena di Verona where he sang Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna) and La Traviata (Germont Padre).
Recent highlights include I Masnadieri at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Festival Verdi in Parma, Il Trovatore at the Vienna Festwochen, conducted by M° Wellber, and in January 2014 his first collaboration with M° Kirill Petrenko at the Munich State Opera (Eugene Onegin), followed by a new production of Falstaff (Ford) at the Opera of Frankfurt am Main conducted by Bertrand de Billy, Attila (Ezio) in Warsaw and Eugene Onegin in Bologna.
Upcoming plans in 2014 include Il Trovatore at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and his debut at Milan's Teatro alla Scala with Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani). In 2015, Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Ashton) at Zurich Opera and Don Giovanni (title role) at Paris Opéra Bastille, while in 2016 the debuts in New York at the Metropolitan with Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) and in London at the ROH with Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Ashton) are coming up.
Artur Ruciński devotes part of his busy schedule to concert performances and appearances on Radio and Television at Warsaw Festival, in Paris, Oslo, Dresden, Vienna, Berlin, to name some, singing repertoire from Handel's Messiah to Penderecki's Lukas Passion. The memorial concert of Gdanks with Britten's War Requiem under Neville Marriner received wide attention. In 2014/15 he will appear at the popular "Christmas in Vienna" concert in Vienna's Musikverein with Piotr Beczala, and in February 2015 he will be back in Vienna singing Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the RSO under Ingo Metzmacher.
Numerous CD and DVD's document the versatility of this exceptional young artist.