Jan Opalach was a principal artist at the New York City Opera for 30 years, heard as Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Papageno (The Magic Flute), and Falstaff. He has sung with the Canadian, English National, Metropolitan, Netherlands, Santa Fe, Scottish, Seattle, Spoleto USA, and Washington National opera companies and Opera Theater of St. Louis.
He has appeared with the orchestras of Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, collaborating with Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Dennis Russell Davies, Lorin Maazel,Kurt Masur, Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmut Rilling, Christopher Seaman, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, Richard Westenburg, and Hugh Wolff.
He won the Walter M. Naumburg Vocal Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, and the International Vocal
Competition of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; received a National Endowment for the Arts soloist recital grant; and sang at the Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena), Concertgebouw, Library of Congress, Boston’s Gardiner Museum, Harvard University, the Morgan Library, and AliceTully Hall. In April 2014 at Kilbourn Hall, he will present Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in collaboration with Abra Bush and Russell Miller. He joined the voice and opera facultyof the Eastman School of Music in 2008.
Opalach has recorded for the Bridge, Decca, Delos, EMI, Koch International, L’Oiseau-Lyre, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Vox Uniquelabels, most recently recording Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat with the Eastman Virtuosi conducted by Mark Scatterday.