Jan Petryka © Theresa Pewal
Jan Petryka © Theresa Pewal

Jan Petryka

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Born in Warsaw into a family of musicians, Jan Petryka studied violoncello at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. At the same time, he received his first singing lessons with Gertrud Schulz and completed his studies with Rotraud Hansmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, graduating with distinction in the fields of lieder and oratorio under the guidance of KS Marjana Lipovšek. Since the beginning of his studies, Jan has been involved in numerous sacred music projects and has gradually established himself as a versatile concert and oratorio singer.

An important pillar of Jan Petryka's activity is the Baroque. Bach Consort Wien, Orchester Wiener Akademie, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Concerto Stella Matutina, La Chapelle Rhénane, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, Solamente Naturali, Collegium Vocale Luzern as well as Arte dei Suonatori are only some of the ensembles of this genre with which Jan enjoys a longstanding and regular collaboration. Numerous projects with the ensembles Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal and Clemecic Consort round off his vast repertoire.

His intensive work on lied and vocal chamber music led to fruitful collaborations with Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Roger Vignoles, Matthias Lademann and David Lutz. Jan Petryka debuted with great success with several Schubert programs at the Oxford Lieder Festival accompanied by Julius Drake, Sholto Kynoch and Deirdre Brenner.

On the opera stage, Jan Petryka interpreted the roles of Tamino and Erster Geharnischter in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra National de Lyon, besides those of Pietro and Ein Jüngling in Franz Schreker's Die Gezeichneten. Further engagements led him to the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara for Ferdinando Bertoni's Orfeo ed Euridice, to the Theater an der Wien for Schubert's Lazarus, to the Vienna State Opera for Wilfried Hiller's children's opera Das Traumfresserchen, and to the Warsaw Chamber Opera for Handel's Ariodante. He also made his debut at the Prague National Theatre as the Novice in Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd, further appearing as Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and as Jaquino in Beethoven's Fidelio at the Styrian cultural festival Styriarte under the direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Other highlights of his career to date include Jan’s debut at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg accompanied by Sir András Schiff, several European tours with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Choir & Ensemble, a concert performance of Gottfried von Einem's opera Der Prozess at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Bach's cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (BWV 63) conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Berlin Philharmonie.

At the Salzburg Festival, Jan Petryka made a successful debut as Jacob in Leonard Evers' children's opera Gold! and took part in a concert performance of Lortzing's Der Waffenschmied at the Theater an der Wien. He also appeared as Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Zurich Sing-Akademie at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre and as soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the Vienna Musikverein. As a lied singer, he made his debut with Schubert's "Schwanengesang" at the Fundació Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona and appeared at the Musikverein Regensburg with Leoš Janáček's “The Diary Of One Who Disappeared”.

In the current season, Jan Petryka will appear as Endimione in Vicente Martín y Solér's L'arbore de Diana at the Vienna Chamber Opera as part of a new production of the Theater an der Wien, and take part in concerts in Lucerne and the Vienna Musikverein with Mozart's Coronation Mass along with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Peter Dijkstra, Jan Petryka will furthermore take over the tenor arias in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. In addition, lieder recitals with polyphonic works by Schubert will lead him to the Schubertiade Hohenems and to the Vienna Konzerthaus.

2022 | 2023

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Albert Lortzing: The Armorer of Worms
Günther Groissböck, Miriam Kutrowatz, Juliette Mars, Timothy Connor, Andrew Morstein, Ivan Zinoviev, Jan Petryka,
Radio Sinfonie Orchester Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Conductor: Leo Hussain
Label: Capriccio | 2023

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Ferdinando Bertoni: Orfeo ed Euridice
Vivica Genaux, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Jan Petryka
Accademia di Santo Spirito di Ferrara, Ensemble Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor: Roberto Zarpellon
Label: Fra Bernardo | 2016

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Weihnachten in St. Augustin
Jan Petryka, Elisabeth Flechl, Ana Puche Rosado, Katrin Auzinger, Juliette Mars, Martina Mikelic, Norbert Ernst et al.
Chor & Orchestra of St. Augustin
Conductor: Robert Rieder
Label: Preiser Records | 2013

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Anton Bruckner: Tantum Ergo
Arnold Schönberg Chor
Conductor: Erwin Ortner
Label: ASC Edition 3 | 2012

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Franz Schubert: selected songs

Ilker Arcayürek, tenor
Kieran Carrel, tenor
Jan Petryka, tenor
Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone
David Steffens, bass
Markus Hadulla, piano


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Litaniae lauretanae für Soli Chor und Orchester, KV 195

Andreas Eggertsberger, soloist
Martha Matscheko, sopran
Valentina Kutzarova, alto
Jan Petryka, tenor
Klaus Kuttler, bass

Chor Christkönig
Sinfonia Christkönig



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CHRISTOPH FILLER & JAN PETRYKA in a new production at the Wiener Kammeroper
CHRISTOPH FILLER & JAN PETRYKA in a new production at the Wiener Kammeroper

On 3 December 2022, Christoph Filler and Jan Petryka premiere in a new production of Vicente Martín y Soler's opera L'arbore di Diana at the Wiener Kammeroper.

JAN PETRYKA mit Schuberts "Schwanengesang" in Barcelona
JAN PETRYKA mit Schuberts "Schwanengesang" in Barcelona

Accompanied by pianist James Baillieu, Polish Tenor Jan Petryka is to give his debut at Barcelona's Lied Festival Victoria de los Ángeles with Schubert's Schwanengesang

JAN PETRYKA in Leonard Evers' "Gold!" at the Salzburg Festival
JAN PETRYKA in Leonard Evers' "Gold!" at the Salzburg Festival

As part of this year's Salzburg Festival, Jan Petryka embodies the role of Jakob in Leonard Evers‘ new composition Gold!, a work for tenor and percussion based on the fairy tale The Fisherman and His Wife by the Brothers Grimm.