Polish baritone Piotr Prochera has been a member of Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen since 2008, after three seasons at Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar. His varied repertoire includes Rossini’s and Mozart’s Figaro, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Marcello, Zar Peter I in Zar und Zimmermann, Pantalone in der Love for three Oranges, Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Donner in Das Rheingold, Melot in Tristan un Isolde, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Barnaba in La Gioconda. He has portrayed numerous important roles in 20th and 21st century operas, such as Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, Boris Koretsky in Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki, Mordred in Albeniz’s Merlin, Emilio in Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Tadeusz in Weinberg’s Passagierin, Malaspina in Sciarrino’s Luci mie traditrici, Benito Repollo in Henze’s Das Wundertheater, Gabey and Maximilian in Bernstein’s On the town and Candide, Mr.Gedge and Starveling in Britten’s Albert Herring and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the lead roles in the world premieres of Žebeljan’s Simon der Erwählte and Due teste e una ragazza (performed at the festival “Settimana Musicale Senese” in Siena).
As a guest Piotr Prochera has appeared at the Semperoper Dresden as Papageno in 2012/2013 and at the Müpa Budapest as Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under the baton of Adam Fischer in 2016. With Malmö Opera he performed Barnaba in La Gioconda in 2017. His upcoming role debuts in Gelsenkirchen include Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles and the title roles of Eugene Onegin and Weinberger’s Schwanda, the bagpiper.
As an active concert singer Piotr Prochera has sung song cycles of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mussorgsky as well as solo parts in Bach’s oratorios, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Paulus and Elias, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Händel’s Messiah.
Piotr Prochera studied first violin before graduating as a singer from the Poznan Academy of Music. He attended masterclasses by Ernst Haefliger, Peter Schreier, Cheryl Studer and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He is a prizewinner of the Warsaw Lied competition in 2005. In Gelsenkirchen he has received the awards “Der beste Nachwuchssänger” 2010, “Theaterpreis” 2010 and “Publikumspreis” 2012.