Tomasz Konieczny

A dream of a sound characterised by clarity, warmth and brilliance

Polish bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny initially studied acting at the Film, Television and Theatre Academy in his home town of Łódź. He made his debut in a film by Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda and subsequently worked as an actor/director in numerous television, film and theatre productions in Poland.  Around the same time, he began his vocal studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy in Warsaw, which he continued at the Dresden Academy of Music. 
Tomasz Konieczny experienced his international breakthrough at the Vienna State Opera, where he interpreted numerous roles in his field with great success. He still feels a special connection to the Haus am Ring today. Tomasz Konieczny is also a regular guest at the most important international opera houses such as the MET, La Scala, the Bavarian State Opera, the Opéra Bastille, the Zurich Opera House, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Semperoper Dresden and many more, as well as at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals. 
His most recent roles have included Wotan/Wanderer in the new Zurich Ring and at the Bayreuth Festival, the Dutchman at the Met and Cardillac in Vienna. Future projects include Wotan/Wanderer at the Berlin State Opera and again in Zurich and Bayreuth.  
His repertoire includes Roles such as Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Amfortas in Parsifal, the title roles in Der fliegende Holländer, Berg's Wozzeck and in Cardillac by Hindemith, Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mandryka in Arabella, Barak in Frau ohne Schatten and Jochanaan in Strauss' Salome, Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio. 


Tomasz Konieczny is also an extremely successful concert performer. His repertoire includes Bach's St Matthew Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Dvorak, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat mater, Penderecki's Kosmogonia, St Luke Passion, Seven Gates of Jerusalem and the Messa da Requiem by Maciejewski. He has already presented his recital programmes with songs by Strauss, Rachmaninov, Twardowski, Penderecki, Beethoven, Moniuszko, Schubert, Mahler, Mussorgsky and other important composers with great success in Dresden, Warsaw, Munich, Vienna and Tokyo. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Adam Fischer, Sir Andrew Davis, Gianandrea Noseda, Yannick Nézét-Seguin and Franz Welser-Möst. 
Konieczny has shone in numerous critically acclaimed CD and DVD recordings, including three different recordings of the Ring cycle conducted by Marek Janowski, Christian Thielemann and Sir Simon Rattle. His discography also includes two recordings of Winterreise, one in the original and one with an original Polish text. Most recently, he released his Lied CD From Secession to Distortion with songs by Richard Strauss, Aleksander Nowak and Henryk Czyz. 
Tomasz Konieczny has also been an Austrian citizen since 2017. He was appointed Austrian Kammersänger in 2019. In 2022, he received the country's highest cultural honour in his native Poland, the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Merit. Tomasz Konieczny has been a Bösendorfer Ambassador since 2023 and was welcomed into the Bösendorfer family at a festive concert in the Bösendorfer Salon.