The tenor Jan Petryka, who comes from a family of musicians in Warsaw, studied cello at the Anton Bruckner Private University and at the Graz University of Art. At the same time, he received his first singing lessons from Gertrud Schulz and later studied with Rotraud Hansmann at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he completed the “Song and Oratorio” major with KS Marjana Lipovšek with honors. Since the beginning of his studies, Jan Petryka has been involved in numerous sacred music projects and has gradually established himself as a versatile concert and oratorio singer.
An important pillar of Jan Petryka’s work is the Baroque. Bach Consort Vienna, Orchestra Vienna Academy, L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Stella Matutina, La Chapelle Rhénane, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Solamente Naturali, Collegium Vocale Lucerne and Arte dei Suonatori are some of the orchestras in this genre with whom he has been working together for many years and on a regular basis. Numerous projects with the ensembles Cinquecento Renaissance Vokal and Clemecic Consort round off his musical repertoire.
His intensive work on song and vocal chamber music led to fruitful collaborations with Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Roger Vignoles, Matthias Lademann and David Lutz. Jan Petryka made her debut with great success at the Oxford Lieder Festival with several Schubert programs, accompanied by Julius Drake, Sholto Kynoch and Deirdre Brenner.
On the opera stage, Jan Petryka interpreted the roles of Tamino and the First Man in Armor in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Opéra National de Lyon, as well as the roles of Pietro and the Young Man in Franz Schreker’s The Marked Ones. Further engagements took him to the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara for Ferdinando Bertoni’s Orfeo ed Euridice, to the Theater an der Wien for Schubert’s Lazarus, to the Vienna State Opera for Wilfried Hiller’s children’s opera The Dream Eater, and to the Warsaw Chamber Opera for Handel’s Ariodante. He also made his debut at the Prague National Theater as a novice in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, embodied Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Styrian cultural festival Styriarte under the direction of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Other highlights of his career to date include Jan Petryka’s debut at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg with Sir András Schiff, several tours with Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar Neumann Choir & Ensemble, a concert performance of Gottfried von Einem’s opera The Trial at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Bach’s Christians , etches this day (BWV 63) under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski in the Berlin Philharmonic.
Jan Petryka made his successful debut at the Salzburg Festival as Jacob in Leonard Ever’s children’s opera Gold! and took part in a concert performance of Lortzing’s The Armorer at the Theater an der Wien. He also appeared together with the Zurich Singing Academy as an evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Center and as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Vienna Musikverein. As a lieder singer, he made his debut with Schubert’s “Schwanengesang” at the Fundació Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona and was a guest at the Musikverein Regensburg with Leoš Janáček’s “Diary of a Disappeared Man”.
In the current season, Jan Petryka can be seen as Endimione in Vicente Martín y Solér’s L’arbore de Diana at the Vienna Chamber Opera as part of a new production by the Theater an der Wien, while he performs Mozart’s Coronation Mass together with the Vienna Academy Orchestra under Martin Haselböck Lucerne and in the Vienna Musikverein can be heard. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Peter Dijkstra, Jan Petryka is a guest as tenor (arias) in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Song recitals with polyphonic works by Schubert finally lead Jan Petryka to the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Vienna Konzerthaus.