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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
91Qual novella? Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio
92Che avvien? Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 4.08-2

Type: quintetVoice: Br S T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Mimì/Rodolfo/Musetta/Marcello
93Squilla il bronzo del Dio Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.10

Type: recitative,choirVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Oroveso
94Ferma ed ascolta Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Miller
95E di morte lo stral non sara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 2.04

Type: duet,choirVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Giorgio
96Scostatevi il Re giunge Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Hervey/Enrico
97La commedia è stupenda! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.07

Type: quintetVoice: Br S B B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Schaunard/Musetta/Alcindoro/Colline/Mimì
98Io 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
99Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bartolo/Marcellina
100Or che reso ai patrii lidi Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.16

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Percy/Anna/Rochefort
101Abasso, abbasso l'autor! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.03-1

Type: quartetVoice: T Br B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo/Marcello/Colline/Schaunard
102Arranci, datteri! Popularity:

Opera: Bohème, LaComposer: PucciniAct: 2.01

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

Roles: Marcello/Schaunard/Rodolfo/Mimì
103Questo di per noi spuntato Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 1.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T BLanguage: Italian

Roles:
104Pieta! che disse mai? Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Rodrigue/Eboli
105Stolta non sai Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Giovanna
106Al consiglio sien tratti Popularity:

Opera: Anna BolenaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Enrico/Anna/Percy
107Gran 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
108Stiffelio eccomi Popularity:

Opera: StiffelioComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jorg/Stiffelio/Lina
109Io la vidi ai suo sorriso Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
110Mon enfant! ma fille! Popularity:

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

Type: finaleVoice: B S Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Crespel/Antonia/Nicklausse/Hoffmann
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