Andrzej Hiolski

One of Poland’s most eminent baritones. He studied voice with Helena Oleska in Lwów (now L’viv) and with Adam Didur in Krakow. Prize winner in the International Singing Competition of Toulouse (1954). He made his debut in 1944 as Janusz in Moniuszko’s Halka at Krakow’s Stary Theatre. Soloist of the Silesian Opera in Bytom (1945–1956) and of Warsaw Opera – Teatr Wielki (from 1957 till the end of his life).

His versatile repertoire included, apart from operatic roles (the Sword Bearer in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor, the title part in Szymanowski’s King Roger, and others) also large-scale vocal-instrumental works and songs. In 1966 he took part in the world premiere of Penderecki’s St Luke Passion in Münster, and in 1966 – in a production of The Devils of Loudun in Hamburg.
He performed on major stages in Poland and worldwide, as well as at prestigious music festivals (such as the Berliner Festwochen and Edinburgh Festival).

He collaborated with the radio and television, and recorded albums for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, and other companies. His recordings of Penderecki’s Passion (1967) and Szymanowski’s King Roger (1970) earned him the Grand Prix du Disque, while for The Devils of Loudun he won the Orphée d’Or in Paris (1971).
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