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Lukasz Karauda

Bass Baritone

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Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Website: http://www.lukaszkarauda.com/


Named as the ‘Most Promising Singer’ at the London Welsh’s Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition in 2016, Polish bass-baritone Lukasz Karauda studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

Lukasz recently performed the role of Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera at the 2016 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Other highlights include understudying the Title Role in Don Giovanni and Nello in Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei for English Touring Opera, performing the role of Zaretsky and understudying the Title Role for Grange Park Opera’s 2015 production of Eugene Onegin and performing the roles of Sciarrone and Jailer in a special semi-staged performance of Tosca at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of Bryn Terfel's 50th birthday celebrations. 

Polish bass-baritone Lukasz Karauda made his professional operatic début in 2014 performing the role of Flora’s Servant in Glyndebourne’s touring production of La Traviata. He subsequently sang the role of Zaretsky and understudied the Title Role for Grange Park Opera’s 2015 production of Eugene Onegin. He was also a member of the chorus for Grange Park Opera’s production of Fiddler on the Roof starring Sir Bryn Terfel as Tevye, which was also performed as part of the 2015 BBC Proms series at the Royal Albert Hall.

In the 2015/16 season he understudied the Title Role in Don Giovanni and Nello in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera, Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen at the 2016 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Bartley in Riders to the Sea for Wexford Festival Opera and most recently, Colline in La Bohéme for Diva Opera.  

Performing highlights include singing the roles of Sciarrone and Jailer, with Sir Bryn Terfel as Scarpia, in a special semi-staged concert performance of Tosca with the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff as part of Sir Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday celebrations. Concert highlights to date include Verdi's Requiem at Brecon Cathedral.

Lukasz began his vocal training at the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland with Wlodzimierz Zalewski before graduating with distinction from the M.A. Opera performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, under the tuition of Eric Roberts.

During his final year of undergraduate studies, he won the first prize in the 5th Kurpinski Polish National Voice Competition, sang the Title Role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at the Lodz Theater.

His studies at RWCMD were fully funded by the Leverhulme Scholarship and Jenkins Phillips Scholarship, with generous financial support from Chris Ball. Prizes included the Lee Freeman Memorial Prize, prize-winner at the 2013 Mozart Singing Competition and a finalist in the Ian Stoutzker Prize, 2013. Whilst at RWCMD, he performed the roles of Figaro in Le nozze di FigaroJunius in The Rape of Lucretia and Steward in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. He also sang Dancaïre, Morales and Zuniga in Carmen at the St Magnus Festival in Scotland, Tarquinius in a devised programme entitled Britten’s Women at the Bath Festival and Hel Helson in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

Lukasz is a recipient of a Bryn Terfel Foundation award and recently won the title of ‘Most Promising Singer’ at the 2016 London Welsh ‘Young Welsh Singer of the Year’ competition.


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Dvorak Te DeumSoloist
Mozart Requiem
Verdi Requiem
Dvorak
Te Deum
Soloist
Mozart
Requiem
Verdi
Requiem
Bizet CarmenDancaire, Zuniga, Morales, Escamillo
Britten The Rape of LucretiaJunius
Britten Paul BunyanHel Helson
Donizetti Pia de’ Tolomei Nello
Dove FlightSteward
Mozart Le nozze di FigaroFigaro
Mozart Don GiovanniTitle Role (u)
Puccini Gianni SchicchiTitle Role
Puccini ToscaSciarrone, Jailer
Puccini La BohemeColline
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginZaretsky, Title Role (u)
Verdi La TraviataFlora's Servant
Bizet
Carmen
Dancaire, Zuniga, Morales, Escamillo
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Junius
Britten
Paul Bunyan
Hel Helson
Donizetti
Pia de’ Tolomei
Nello
Dove
Flight
Steward
Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Figaro
Mozart
Don Giovanni
Title Role (u)
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi
Title Role
Puccini
Tosca
Sciarrone, Jailer
Puccini
La Boheme
Colline
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Zaretsky, Title Role (u)
Verdi
La Traviata
Flora's Servant

Opera

Eugene Onegin

Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin for Grange Park Opera, July 2015
Music OMH
Lukasz Karauda’s splendid baritone really stands out in the small role of Zaretsky.

Paul Bunyan

Hel Helson in Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera, August 2013
Wales Arts Review
The young singer was a joy to hear and to behold, showing great levels of commitment and vitality with some wonderful acting and neatly-judged humour.

Flight

Steward in Flight for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, June 2013
National Theatre Wales
"I'm Bill, I'm not predictable" being shagged doggy-style by the highly-sexed Steward (Lukasz Karauda) at the end of Act II.

The Rape of Lucretia

Junius in The Rape of Lucretia for Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, March 2013
seenandheard-international.com
Lukasz Karauda was particularly impressive. Junius isn't a simple character to embody, or in which to discover a convincing psychological or moral coherence. Karauda came closer to doing so than some far more experienced singers I have seen and heard undertaking the role.

Concerts / Recitals

Concert Performance of Carmen at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, July 2016
The Daily Post
Polish baritone Lukasz Karauda made a credible bullfighter Escamillo.

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