Baritone Krzysztof Biernacki established a strong reputation as a powerful performer, versatile stage director, and talented pedagogue. Born and raised in Poland, his professional credits include opera, oratorio, concert, and recital performances in Canada, United States, and Europe.
As a singer Dr. Biernacki has appeared in principal roles with Vancouver Opera, Manitoba Opera, Calgary Opera, Orchestra London Canada, Theaters of Jablonec and Usti nad Labem in Czech Republic, Banff Center for Performing Arts, Cleveland Opera Circle as well as opera ensembles of the University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario. Highlights of his operatic engagements include Eugene Onegin, Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Cunning Little Vixen, La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, Carmen, Dido & Aeneas, The Crucible, Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Der Freischütz, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Pasquale, Gianni Schicchi, I Puritani, Merry Widow, and King Roger.
His concert and oratorio appearances include Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Okanagan Symphony, and Calgary Symphony Orchestras, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Vancouver Bach Choir. In 2008 Dr. Biernacki made his Carnegie Hall debut with UNF Wind Ensemble performing works of Tchaikovsky and Tosti. The same year he was engaged for a recital of opera arias and duets at Carnegie Zankel Hall. Dr. Biernacki was also heard on CBC Radio and CBC Saturday Afternoon at the Opera including highly acclaimed world premiere production of Filumena co-produced by the Calgary Opera and Banff Centre for Performing Arts.
Dr. Biernacki holds degrees from the University of Manitoba (B. Mus.), University of Western Ontario (M. Mus.), and University of British Columbia (D.M.A). He holds the position of Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. In 2007 Dr. Biernacki established the UNF Opera Ensemble which produces two complete opera productions per year and participates in summer opera program in the Czech Republic. His stage directing credits include complete productions of Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Suor Angelica, Dido and Aeneas, The Consul, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro and Magic Flute. Upcoming productions include The Mikado (April 2012) at UNF and Cosi Fan Tutte (July 2012) at the Teplice Opera Theater in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Biernacki’s engagements for 2011-12 include solo concerts at the Grieg in Bergen International Music Festival in Bergen, Norway; Festival Gli Anniversari Della Musica for Associazione Stravinsky in Avellino, Italy; Interfest – Bitola International Festival of Classical Music in Bitola, Macedonia; Stagione Concertistica Della Società Filarmonica di Miranda de Ebro in Spain; two productions of Die Fledermaus at Szczecin Opera and Baltic Opera Gdansk in Poland; title role of Szymanowski’s King Roger with Cleveland Opera Circle, plus solo recitals at Jacksonville Friday Musicale and Jacksonville University.
Dr. Biernacki is also engaged as an adjudicator, competition judge and clinician. His voice students have been accepted to well-known graduate programs including Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, University of British Columbia, and New York University.