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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
1Look! Through the port Popularity:

Opera: Billy BuddComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
2Vous qui du Dieu vivant Popularity:

Opera: Juive, LaComposer: HalevyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Gian
3Qu'attendez vous encore Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.07

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Faust
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
5Chi veggo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria (Amelia)/Simon/Gabriele/Fiesco
6Io 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
7Ma tu gia mi fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
8Al consiglio sien tratti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
9La vendetta oh! la vendetta Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.08

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bartolo
10Oh! qual parlar fu il suo Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
11L'alto retaggio non ho bramato Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: duetVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Wurm
12Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
13Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
14Guerrieri a voi venirne Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
15Pieta! che disse mai? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue/Eboli
16O amato zio o mio secondo padre Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giorgio
17Ite sul colle. O Druidi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
18Non indugiare Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12

Type: quintetVoice: T B Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Ping/Pang/Pong
19Fermo che fai t'arresta! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.09

Type: quartet,trioVoice: Br T T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong/Calaf
20Dammi quel ferro Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
21Nel posar sul mio capo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Elisabeth
22Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
23Ella giammai m'amò Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles:
24O mondo pieno di pazzi Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
25Desta si tosto Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
26Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
27Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bartolo/Marcellina
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
29Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
30Del mondo i disinganni Popularity:

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

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guardiano/Melitone
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