Zdzisław Nikodem

Born in Kivertsi in Volhynia, he studied at Warsaw’s State Higher School of Music in 1954–1961.

He won prizes in Polish and international vocal competitions in Katowice (1956), Moscow (1957), Warsaw (1958), Toulouse (1959), and others.

Still as a student, he made his debut in Warsaw Opera (the later Teatr Wielki) as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (1957). Until 1971 he was a full-time soloist there, and later continued to appear on that stage as a guest star (for instance, as Archangel Michael in Penderecki’s Paradise Lost, 1999). From 1961 he sang at Warsaw Chamber Opera, where he interpreted parts in works by Moniuszko, Szymanowski, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, and Puccini.

Having retired as a singer in 2009, he continued to work as a vocal consultant. In 2001 he was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
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