Arnold Rutkowski (Don Jose)
2009 “Operalia” prize-winning Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski has attained major operatic success on both sides of the Atlantic. He received the Viennese Public Prize for “Best Singer” at the Klassikmania Competition in Vienna this year in concerts dedicated to the memory of the late Jan Kiepura. He was invited to perform with Placido Domingo at the Lodz Opera House in Poland this year and also debuted in Teatro Luciano Pavarotti di Modena, Teatro di Ferrara, Teatro Alghieri di Ravenna, Teatro de la Opera in Italy, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 2005, Mr. Rutkowski graduated from Lodz Conservatory in Poland and after winning several prestigious voice competitions was invited to perform Alfredo in La Traviata at Opera Festival in Wernigerode, Germany, Don Josè in Carmen in Regensburg, Switzerland, Edoardo in Un giorno di Regno in St. Moritz Basel, Switzerland, Alfredo in La Traviata in Wiltz, Luxemburg, and Ismaele in Nabucco in Xanten, Germany. As first tenor of the Wroclaw Opera in Poland, Mr. Rutkowski developed an extensive tenor repertoire singing the roles of Duca in Rigoletto, Alfredo in Traviata and Ismaele in Nabucco. His distinguished career includes numerous portrayals of Rodolfo in La Bohème in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland with additional portrayals of Don Josè in Carmen and Alfredo and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Mr. Rutkowski has worked with many outstanding directors including J. Miller, M. Trelinski, Y. Aleksandrov, M. Znaniecki, Micha van Hoecke and renowned conductors Kazimierz Kord, Evgeny Volynskiy and Roberto Tolomelli.