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Paul Plishka

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Voice: Bass
Nationality: American
Year of Birth: 1941

About Paul Plishka:

Paul Plishka (born August 28, 1941) is an American operatic bass.

Plishka comes from Old Forge, Pennsylvania, and Paterson, New Jersey; his parents were American-born children of Ukrainian immigrants. He studied at Montclair State College and with Armen Boyajian (also the pedagogue of Marisa Galvany, Harry Theyard, Samuel Ramey, and Eric Owens), and made his operatic debut with the Paterson Lyric Opera, in 1961.

Plishka made his formal debut with the Metropolitan Opera as the Monk in La Gioconda, in 1967. He became one of the company's leading basses, and has appeared in many other theatres, including the Teatro alla Scala and the New York City Opera (I puritani, 1981). He retired from the Metropolitan Opera after playing the Sacristan in Tosca, on the Saturday broadcast on January 28, 2012. He had performed at the Metropolitan Opera for forty-five years and in 1,642 performances, placing him at number ten on their official list of most-frequent performers, which dates back to the company's inception in 1883. There was a special tribute after Act I on stage, and on the air during the intermission. In 2016 he was invited back to the Metropolitan Opera for five post-retirement performances as Benoît and Alcindoro in La bohème in April and May of that year, and 10 more in November, December, and January in the 2016/2017 season.

At La Scala, the bass appeared in La damnation de Faust (Concert Version, with Nicolai Gedda, 1975), Boris Godunov (as Pimenn, conducted by Claudio Abbado, 1981), Anna Bolena (a revival of the Luchino Visconti production, 1982), I lombardi (1986), Nabucco (conducted by Riccardo Muti, 1988), Turandot (with Ghena Dimitrova, 1988 and 1989), and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (1988 and 1989). His last performance with the company was in 1992, in the Verdi Requiem.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Che avvien? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
2Qu'attendez vous encore Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
3Vecchia zimarra, senti Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline
4Mon enfant! ma fille! Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 4.06

Type: finaleVoice: B S Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Crespel/Antonia/Nicklausse/Hoffmann
5C'è Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.05

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
6Nel padiglione a manca Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.04

Type: quartet,recitativeVoice: S B-Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Barbarina/Figaro/Basilio/Bartolo
7Gavotta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: B Br Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo
8Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
9O Mimì, tu più non torni Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
10Del mondo i disinganni Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-3

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guardiano/Melitone
11Ella giammai m'amò Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12Stiffelio eccomi Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jorg/Stiffelio/Lina
13Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
14Gia ti veggo immota e smorta Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.11

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Alvise
15Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
16Cheti cheti immantinente Popularity:

Opera: Don PasqualeComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.10

Type: duetVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dr Malatesta/Don Pasquale
17Mio Carlo a te la spada Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Count of Lerma/Carlo/Inquisitor
18Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
19Che parli tu di morte? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
20Riconosci in questo amplesso Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.07-1

Type: sextetVoice: S T B-Br Br S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcellina/Don Curzio/Figaro/Count/Susanna/Bartolo
21Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
22Per me giunto e il di supremo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.07

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue
23Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
24E decisa la lite Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T S B-Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Don Curzio/Marcellina/Figaro/Count/Bartolo
25Gran Dio il benedici Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: quartet,choir,finaleVoice: Br S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Maria (Amelia)/Gabriele/Fiesco
26Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
27Chi veggo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Simon/Gabriele/Fiesco
28Ah! piu non vedro Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
29Andrem raminghi e poveri Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Luisa/Miller
30Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
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