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Paul Plishka

Singer details:

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
1Ma tu gia mi fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
2Guerrieri a voi venirne Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
3O amato zio o mio secondo padre Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giorgio
4Ite sul colle. O Druidi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
5Dammi quel ferro Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
6Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
7Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
8Odi..qual suon si desta Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.10

Type: duet,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giorgio
9Riccardo Riccardo! Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Riccardo
10Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-2

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
11Qual novella? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio
12E di morte lo stral non sara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio
13Squilla il bronzo del Dio Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
14Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
15Il rito augusto si compia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo
16Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

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

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
17Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

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

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
18Ne compi il rito o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Pollione
19Norma deh Norma scolpati Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Pollione
20Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
21Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
22Or dove fuggo io mai Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Bruno
23Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
24Io senti sulla mia mano Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S B T T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Enrico/Hervey/Percy/Rochefort
25Al consiglio sien tratti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
26Oh! qual parlar fu il suo Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
27Desta si tosto Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
28Chi mi frena in tal momento Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11-1

Type: sextetVoice: S Mz T Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa/Edgardo/Enrico/Raimondo/Arturo
29In quegli sguardi impresso Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.25

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Enrico
30Scostatevi il Re giunge Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Hervey/Enrico
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