Jacek Laszczkowski
 
  Jacek Laszczkowski was born on March 28, 1966 in Szczuczyn (Poland). He began his musical education in music school of Bialystok (Poland) playing clarinet. Later he studied singing (as a tenor) at Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) which he finished in 1991, attaining his diploma with distinction. As a student he was twice granted with a scholarship by the Polish Ministry of Arts and Culture.

Jacek made his operatic debut while being a student: in 1989 he sang Pedrillo in «Die Entführung aus dem Serail» by W.A.Mozart on the stage of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warsaw, Poland). In 1990 he performed the part of Ernesto in «Don Pasquale» by G.Donizetti at the Vienna Chamber Opera (Austria). In 1991 Jacek won the third prize on the International competition in Vercelli (Italy) dedicated to G.Rossini. In 1992 he sang on the British premiere of Rossini's «Ermione», which took place at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (the event was recorded and transmitted by radio BBC 3). In 1993 he became a finalist of the International Vocal Competition in Toulouse (France). In 1994 Jacek sang Mitrane in «Semiramide» by G.Rossini (conducted by Rodger Norrington) on the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Italy), where he later studied at the Rossini Academy. In 1995 he again performed in Italy on the «Festival della Valle d'Itria» where he sang the world premiere of S.Mercadante's opera «Caritea, regina di Spagna» (the opera was recorded and released on CD). In 1996 Jacek made his debut at La Scala theater in Milan (Italy), where he sang in «The Gambler» by S.Prokofiev.

In 1997 Jacek made his debut as a soprano countertenor — he performed Mitrane in J.A.Hasse's «Zenobia» (it was a concert performance of the opera excerpts in Warsaw, Poland). In 1999 he sang Tirinto in «Imeneo» by G.F.Händel and Amor Profano in A.Scarlatti's oratorio «San Casimiro, rè di Polonia», (Warsaw, Poland). In 2000 Michel Plasson invited Jacek to perform C.Orff's cantata «Carmina Burana» with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (Toulouse, France).

In 2001 Jacek successfully performed in France: in Paris («Opéra Comique», Theatre des Champs Elysees, Salle Pleyel), Nice (where he sang Tony in «West Side Story» by L.Bernstein) and Tourcoing (where he sang Cesare in «Catone in Utica» by A.Vivaldi conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire). In the same year Jacek made his debut on the stage of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Germany) as Nerone in «L'incoronazione di Poppea» by C.Monteverdi (conducted by Ivor Bolton). He also appeared as a special guest at the «New Year's Eve» in the Bavarian State Opera where he sang count Orlofsky in «Die Fledermaus» by J.Strauss. In the same year he sang in Poland on world premieres of two operas: «Ignorant i szaleniec» by P.Mykietyn and «Tattooed Tongues» by M.Padding (Grand Theatre in Warsaw). In February 2002 Zubin Mehta invited Jacek to sing Orlofsky in Strauss' «Die Fledermaus» again. In 2003 he sang Armindo in «Rosmira fedele» by A.Vivaldi in Nice (France) and in 2005 he again performed the part of Nerone — in Germany (the Hamburg State Opera in Hamburg and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich) and France (The Palais Garnier in Paris).

From 2006 till 2009 Jacek successfully performed on European opera stages: he sang Teseo in «Teseo» by G.F.Händel in Potsdam (Germany) and London (Great Britain), Nerone in «L'incoronazione di Poppea» by C.Monteverdi in Hamburg and Munich (Germany) and in Vienna (Austria), Oberon in «A Midsummer Night’s Dream» by B.Britten in Hamburg (Germany), Anfione in «Niobe, regina di Tebe» by A.Steffani in Schwetzingen and Bonn (Germany), Giustino in the concert version of «Giustino» by G.Legrenzi in Luxembourg, Adschib in «L'Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe» by H.W.Henze in the Dresden State Opera (Germany) and so on.

Jacek cooperates with the Paris-based «Opera et Concert» — one of the world's largest artistic agencies. He actively performs in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Crotatia and Slovakia) and also in USA, made many appearances on radio an TV (also as a TV-host), recorded several CD's and a DVD. He also played one of the main roles in the television film «The Soul Sings» («Dusza Spiewa», 1996) directed by Krzysztof Zanussi and made small appearances in Zanussi's film «Our God's Brother» («Brat naszego Boga», 1997) and in the film «Ono» directed by Malgorzata Szumowska («Ono», 2004). In 2003 German magazine «Opernwelt» («Opera World») awarded Jacek with the title «Male Singer of the Year 2003», ànd in 2006 Franco-German TV network «Arte TV» made a movie-portrait «Die Stimme des Himmels» about him which was directed by Peter Schlögl.

Jacek prefers to describe his countertenor voice as a soprano — he posesses a very high countertenor and often sings Baroque opera parts written for soprani castrati. His repertoire also includes classical opera parts and pieces by contemporary composers.