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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
1Cielo di stelle orbato Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Maria (Amelia)/Maid/Pietro
2E 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
3Suon d'araldi? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo/Elvira/Riccardo/Giorgio
4Mimì è tanto malata! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Mimì/Marcello
5Ah! 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
6Chi guardi? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.02

Type: quintet,choirVoice: T B S Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Colline/Mimì/Schaunard/Parpignol
7Perduta la battaglia Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
8Padre mio padre Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: T B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Liù
9Non indugiare Popularity:

Opera: TurandotComposer: PucciniAct: 1.12

Type: quintetVoice: T B Br T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Calaf/Timur/Ping/Pang/Pong
10Scostatevi il Re giunge Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Hervey/Enrico
11E lui desso l'infante Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Philip II
12Gia ti veggo immota e smorta Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.11

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Alvise
13Da quel di che lei perduta Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Percy/Rochefort
14Mimì è una civetta Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 3.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Mimì
15Pieta! che disse mai? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue/Eboli
16Abasso, abbasso l'autor! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03-1

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
17Legna! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03-2

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
18Io resto Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
19Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
20O Mimì, tu più non torni Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.02

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
21Ecco la spada Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.13-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gabriele/Simon/Paolo
22Io l'ho perduta Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: recitative,duetVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue
23Recondita armonia Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cavaradossi
24Riconosci 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
25Deh! non volerli vittime Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
26Dammi quel ferro Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.15

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
27Qual cor tradisti Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.16

Type: trioVoice: S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Pollione/Oroveso
28C'è Mimì Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.05

Type: quintetVoice: S T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Musetta/Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
29Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

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

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
30Ah! vieni al tempio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-2

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

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
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