Artur Ruciński is a graduate of Warsaw Academy of Music. He was the 2002 winner of the Adam Didur Opera Competition in Bytom and is an award-winner of many international vocal competitions. While still a student, Mr. Ruciński made his debut at the Warsaw Chamber Opera in 2001 as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.
The young Polish Baritone has been singing in Opera Houses in Eastern Europe for the past years to great acclaim. His breath control, outstanding legato and the distinctive colour of his voice earned him the coveted "Paszport Polityki Award" of the weekly magazine "Polityka" as Singer of the Year 2008. According to Festspiele rank, Artur Ruciński is one of the best singers in the world placing 18th of the opera season 2009/2010.
After his 2002 debut at the National Theatre in Warsaw in the role of Eugene Onegin, he featured regularly at the National Opera in Warsaw where he sang in Eugene Onegin, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Janusz in Moniuszko's Halka, Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Figaro in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the baritone version of Niklausse/Muse in Harry Kupfer's production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He opened the 2008-2009 Season in Warsaw as Valentin in the new Robert Wilson Faust. At the International Beethoven Festival 2009 in Warsaw, he sang Lescaut in Manon Lescaut conducted by M. Gomez-Martinez and appeared at the Teatro Liceu Barcelona in the title role of Szymanowski's King Roger. Other performances include La Bohème in Bulgaria and Krakow, Ping in Turandot in Tokyo and the Paphos Aphrodite Festival in Cyprus with Eva Marton, Carmina Burana in Sofia, Riccardo in I Puritani in Lodz, Silvio in I Pagliacci in the Lvov National Opera, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte at the Krakow Opera.
He was invited by Daniel Barenboim to sing the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in March/April 2010 under the baton of the Maestro himself and with Rolando Villazon as tenor colleague. Later, in April 2010 Mr. Ruciński appeared in Carmina Burana at the Vienna Musikverein and in May 2010 at the opening gala of the Vienna Festwochen which was televised live in some 25 countries.
In summer 2010 he made his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Tadeusz in the rarely performed opera The Passenger by Mieczyslaw Weinberg and in September 2010, at the Hamburg State Opera as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lescaut in Manon under Lorin Maazel and the title role in Eugene Onegin in Valencia in December 20.10 / January 2011, conducted by M° Wellber and recorded on DVD.
He sang Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater at the Musikverein in Vienna, Lucia di Lammermoor in Hamburg, La Traviata in Frankfurt, Halka in Warsaw, a solo Rosenblatt Recital in St.John’s Smith Square in London, Le Nozze di Figaro at Berlin Staatsoper with M° Barenboim.
In summer 2012 he made his debut at Arena di Verona in Romeo et Juliette, with great reviews from public and critics, and the performance was released on DVD.
Recent highlights include I Masnadieri, Messa di Gloria and Kindertotenlieder in Naples with M° Luisotti, La Bohème in Los Angeles, La traviata in Bilbao, Falstaff in Hamburg and at Opéra Bastille in Paris, I Masnadieri in Venice.
Future plans include Falstaff at Staatsoper in Frankfurt and in Bari, Il Trovatore at the Wiener Festwochen conducted by M° Wellber, Eugene Onegin at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Madama Butterfly at the Met, La Traviata and Il Trovatore at Arena di Verona, Lucia di Lammermoor in Zurich, I Masnadieri at Festival Verdi in Parma.
As a concert artist Mr. Ruciński has sung with the Polish Radio and Polish Television at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in the world premiere of W. Balakauska's opera La Lontaine, in Fauré’s Requiem and Carmina Burana at the International Festival in Warna, Bulgaria and for Bulgarian Television, as well as Handel's Messiah and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Paris and Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Silesian Philharmonic. In the autumn of 2009 he sang Britten's War Requiem under Neville Marriner in Gdansk, and Brahms Requiem under Gerd Albrecht in Warsaw. The Oslo Philharmonic invited him for Carmina Burana concerts in January 2010 and the Dresden Philharmonic for Penderecki's Lukas Passion in 2011.
Mr. Ruciński's recordings include Ford in Falstaff, a solo album "Songs and Arias" with the Polish Radio Orchestra, Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arc with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Carmina Burana from the Vienna Musicverein with the Wiener Kammerorchester and a CD of Polish and Italian songs entitled "The Best Polish Singers".