Polish bass-baritone Lukasz Karauda 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 and 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 Figaro, Junius 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 and Tarquinius in a devised programme entitled Britten’s Women at the Bath Festival.
One of Lukasz’s highlights last year was singing the roles of Sciarrone and Jailer, with Bryn Terfel as Scarpia, in a special semi-staged performance of Tosca with the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff as part of Bryn Terfel’s 50th birthday celebrations.
He sang the role of Zaretsky and understudied the Title Role for Grange Park Opera’s 2015 production of Eugene Onegin. He was a member of the chorus for their production of Fiddler on the Roof starring Bryn Terfel as Tevye, which was also performed as part of the 2015 BBC Proms series at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2014, he joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni and understudied Flora’s Servant in their production of La Traviata before going on to perform the role for the Glyndebourne Tour. Lukasz sang the role of Hel Helson in Britten’s Paul Bunyan for Welsh National Youth Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff in 2013.
Concert highlights to date include Verdi's Requiem at Brecon Cathedral.
Last season, Lukasz understudied the Title Role in Don Giovanni and Nello in Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera. He also performed the role of Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen at the 2016 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Engagements this season, includes the role of Bartley in Riders to the Sea for Wexford Festival Opera and Colline in La Boheme for Diva Opera.
Lukasz is a recipient of a Bryn Terfel Foundation award and recently won the title of ‘Most Promising Singer’ at the London Welsh ‘Young Welsh Singer of the Year’ competition.
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