Jan Opalach was a principal artist of New York City Opera for 30 years, performing the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro and Falstaff, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Wesener (Bernd Alois Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten), and the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen). He has also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera (Philip Glass’s The Voyage, War and Peace), Opera Theater of St. Louis (Nixon in China), Santa Fe Opera (La bohème), Seattle Opera (Cosi fan tutte, Xerxes, Ariadne auf Naxos), Washington Opera (Cendrillon), Canadian Opera Company (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Xerxes), and English National Opera (British premiere of Die Soldaten). He has collaborated with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmut Rilling, Robert Shaw, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman, and heard in recitals in Alice Tully Hall, Morgan Library, the Concertgebouw, the Library of Congress, Harvard University and the Eastman School of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 2008. He has also been an adjudicator for the Naumburg, Joy in Singing and Concert Artist Guild competitions.
Jan Opalach has made many recordings, of music from Bach and Haydn to Stravinsky and Elliott Carter. He recently recorded two chamber operas by Paul Salerni: Caruso’s Final Broadcast and The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, a Carl Reiner-authorized adaptation of a Dick van Dyke Show episode.