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Wiesław Ochman
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The most famous Polish tenor. He has sung in the most prominent opera houses and philharmonics (including La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden) in the company of the greatest opera stars and conductors. While he studied at the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow (where he majored in ceramics), he took singing lessons from Gustaw Serafin. He continued his musical studies with Maria Szlapak, Sergiusz Nadgryzowski and Jerzy Gaczek. He made his debut at the Silesian Opera in Bytom as Edgar in Lucia di Lammermoor, followed by roles in Werter and Tosca. His next engagement was the Krakow Opera and the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. He started his international career at opera festivals in Belgium, Britain, USA, Canada and Italy. He soon formed a permanent collaboration with the Hamburg Staatsoper and the Berlin Staatsoper. Since then he has been a frequent guest of concert halls in Vienna, Munich, Cologne, New York, Milan, Chicago, Paris, San Francisco, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Barcelona. He has taken part in many international festivals (including Orange, Salzburg and Glyndebourne). He has sung with the most famous orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic under Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan. His performances are noted for refined and precise interpretation as well as suggestive acting talent. His repertoire includes Tosca (Cavaradossi), Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu), Eugene Onegin (Lenski), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Idomeneo, Carmen (Don José), Jenufa (Laca), Boris Godunov (Dmitry), Aida (Radames), La Boheme (Rudolf), Turandot (Kalaf), The Pearl Fishers (Nadir), Martha (Lionel), Halka (Jontek), title roles in Faust and Don Carlos. The artist is also interested in oratorio and cantata music. He has recorded for renowned music labels (Deutsche Grammophon, Polydor, EMI, Decca, Philips, Sony Classical, Supraphon, Polskie Nagrania, Veriton, Tonpress).

He has appeared in film productions of operas and operettas (Salome, Eugene Onegin, Der Zarewitsch). Another area of his Wieslaw Ochman's interest which remains little known is painting and his pictures can be viewed at his exhibitions.

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