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Mid-Career Magic:
Piotr Beczala

by Lisa Houston



Beczala in Paris.
Piotr Beczala was born in the relatively small city of Czechowice-Dziedzice, just southwest of Krakow, Poland, and began his training not far from there at the Academy of Music in Katowice. Much like his countryman Jan Kiepura, whose charisma and good looks found him at home in the Hollywood movies of the 1930s, Beczala can often be found appearing in productions with a high glamour factor, such as the 2012 Salzburg Festival’s La bohčme opposite Anna Netrebko’s Mimě or as the Duke in the Met’s recent “Rat Pack” production of Rigoletto set in 1960s’ Vegas. With several acclaimed albums under his belt, including one of Slavic arias, Beczala’s live performances are also well captured on video.

His career began in Linz, after which he spent several seasons in Zurich. This season finds him returning to Zurich as well as singing at the Met, the Wiener Staatsoper, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He endured a bit of a rift with Teatro alla Scala in 2013—a Regie...
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