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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
1Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
2Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
3Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
4Questo Mar Rosso Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.01

Type: trioVoice: Br T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Rodolfo/Colline
5E buona la mia Tosca Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12

Type: trioVoice: B T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi/A Sacristan
6Addio amore! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
7Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
8Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
9Ho una casa nell honan Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 2.03

Type: trioVoice: Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Pang/Pong
10Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
11Paolo Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06-1

Type: trioVoice: Br Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon/Paolo/Maria (Amelia)
12Ah! per l'ultima volta Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.15

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T B S Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù/Ping/Pang/Pong
13Chi 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
14Riconosci 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
15Ambo morrete o perfidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,trioVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna
16Io l'ho perduta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue
17Squilla il bronzo del Dio Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
18Guerrieri a voi venirne Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
19Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.08-2

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
20Tutta qui la cantoria Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,choirVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: A Sacristan
21Guerra guerra Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.11

Type: recitative,choirVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Oroveso
22Ite sul colle. O Druidi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.02

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
23Nel posar sul mio capo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Philip II/Elisabeth
24Qual novella? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio
25Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
26Principessa divina! Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ping/Turandot/Liù
27Ah! pensate che rivolti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
28Che mai narrasti Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Wurm
29Mio 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
30Son io mio Carlo Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
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