Born in Poland, tenor Piotr Buszewski began his studies at the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw. He then continued his education at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecillia under Renata Scotto, followed by the Juilliard School in New York City. He is currently finishing his Residency at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where this season he will appear in the role of Prince in Rusalka, Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. Also this season, Mr. Buszewski will appear as Leandre in Le médicine malgré lui with Odyssey Opera in Boston and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Cinncinati Opera. At the end of this year, he will make his European debut in the production of L'elisir d'amore at the Leipzig Opera.
2019 Metropolitan OPera National Council Auditions
Tenor Piotr Buszewski followed, singing “Seul sur la terre,” from Donizetti’s “Dom Sebastien.” The dreamy harp introduction was punctured by passionate high strings, and in this musical atmosphere Buszewski displayed a highly soulful quality with his opening phrases. As he is swept along by this passion, Buszewski’s high Cs were handled with both strength and accuracy. His second aria, “Cisza dokola, noc jasna, czyste niebo,” comes from Moniuszko’s seldom-performed opera “The Haunted Manor.” The excited phrases often gave way to sustained notes, with Buszewski alternating between anger and apprehension. His anguished delivery was enough to draw applause from the audience, even before the aria was finished.
One performer who chose not one but two unusual selections was Polish tenor Piotr Buszewski, who I first heard last year in a very, very early Donizetti one-acter, IL PIGMILIONE, at NYC Opera. His Donizetti on this program, "Seul sur la terre," was from an opera only slightly better known, DOM SEBASTIEN, and while it was a pleasure to hear him in a later (1837), more sophisticated Donizetti than his previous outing, he was shown to his best in an opera completely foreign [in all senses] to these shores.
While Stanislaw Moniuszko's THE HAUNTED MANOR (STRASZNY DWOR) may be considered one of the most important Polish operas (from the mid 19th century), it's hardly known by more than the rarified cognoscenti (and Polish opera lovers, I suppose) here. The aria chosen by Buszewski was gorgeously melodic--and showed off his lyric voice quite well in an ardent performance--and made me curious about more of the opera.