Sunday, February 2, 2014

Barihunks and Mariusz Kwiecien together in The Telegraph

We're big fans of music critic Rupert Christiansen in The Telegraph, so we were thrilled when his profile on über-barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien included a link to our site and a mention in the headline. Christiansen goes on to write:
"...another erotic phenomenon in classical music has gone wild on the internet: the cult of “the barihunk”. Its pitch is that the more palpitating charm in opera emanates not from purveyors of high Cs but gym-buffed baritones with smouldering voices to match their six-pack abs."
We love being included in an article on Mariusz Kwiecien, since he was the original inspiration to create the site. Early discussions were actually about creating a Kwiecien fan site, but it seemed too limiting and casting a wider net seemed much more interesting.

Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni (photo: Bill Cooper)
Kwiecien has just opened at the Royal Opera House in Kasper Holten's amazing production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, which we recently previewed. The cast also includes barihunks Alex Esposito as his sidekick Leporello and the thrilling Alexander Tsymbalyuk as the Commendatore.

The entire run is sold out through the final performance on February 24th. Don't fret if you missed buying tickets, as the February 12th performance will be broadcast live to cinemas in Europe. and taped for screenings worldwide throughout March. If you're in Europe, check the Royal Opera House website for listings. If you're outside of Europe, check your local movie listings.

Kwiecien will appear next at the Vienna State Opera in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin from March 7-14, before returning to the Metropolitan Opera from April 17-May 10 in Bellini's I Puritani.


  1. I went to the Dress Rehearsal of Giovanni on Wednesday. This is a fabulous production and just so good to see it with young vibrant singers. Both Marius K and Alex E were stunning. Now booked up for the cinema broadcast as must see it again. John F London

  2. And don't forget Dawid Kimberg as Masetto. Went to the first night and it's really a provocative and musically fabulous production.

  3. These two would produce an absolutely stunning show in any opera house or venue. Looking forward to viewing more of their productions together.