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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
1Mon enfant! ma fille! Popularity:

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

Type: finaleVoice: B S Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Crespel/Antonia/Nicklausse/Hoffmann
2Al consiglio sien tratti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
3Il rito augusto si compia Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Valton/Enrichetta/Arturo
4Di mi chiedeste Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Rodolfo
5Stolta non sai Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
6Arranci, datteri! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Br Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo/Mimì
7Cavalier ti colse il Dio Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio/Elvira
8Ah! qual sia cercar non oso Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanna/Enrico
9Ferma ed ascolta Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Miller
10E di morte lo stral non sara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio
11Questo di per noi spuntato Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
12Pieta! che disse mai? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue/Eboli
13Or che reso ai patrii lidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.16

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna/Rochefort
14Scostatevi il Re giunge Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Hervey/Enrico
15Pensier profondo Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.02

Type: trioVoice: B Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Rodolfo
16Gia ti veggo immota e smorta Popularity:

Opera: Gioconda, LaComposer: PonchielliAct: 3.11

Type: duetVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enzo/Alvise
17Stiffelio eccomi Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jorg/Stiffelio/Lina
18Mio 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
19Desta si tosto Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
20Ne compi il rito o Norma Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Clotilde/Pollione
21Gran 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
22Qual novella? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio
23Ma tu gia mi fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Bruno/Riccardo/Giorgio
24Abasso, abbasso l'autor! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03-1

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
25Che parli tu di morte? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodrigue/Carlo
26Che ora sia Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: T Br Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Schaunard/Colline
27Gavotta! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: B Br Br TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Colline/Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo
28Ah! piu non vedro Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eboli
29Presentarti alla Duchessa Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Walter/Federica/Wurm/Luisa
30Norma deh Norma scolpati Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.17

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso/Norma/Pollione
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