Born in Poland, Pawel Izdebski moved with his family to Boston and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. In the summer of 1987 he attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where he made his opera debut as Colline in La Bohème. In 1995 he was a finalist in the fifth Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy. Past season highlights include appearing as Fasolt and Hagen in Hans Peter Lehmann and Ewa Michnik’s Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung in Wrocław, singing Gran Sacerdote (Nabucco) with Leo Nucci and Renato Bruson at the splendid Festival d’Avenches in Switzerland, portraying Doktor in the highly controversial Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Wozzeck at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, and touring Spain as Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier).
Recently, he sang Gurnemanz/Titurel (Parsifal) in the 2008 Maazel/Herzog production in Valencia, Pimen in Mariusz Treliński’s 2009 new production of Boris Godunov in Warsaw, Hagen (Götterdämmerung) in the 2009 Mehta/Fura dels Baus production at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and covered/sang all Wagnerian bass roles in Valencia’s highly acclaimed Mehta/Fura dels Baus Ring production with Plácido Domingo as Sigmund. In 2010 he sang King Mark (Tristan und Isolde) in Los Angeles, Landgraf (Tannhauser) in Poznań, and Salome in Valencia with Zubin Mehta. Future engagements include Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) in Madrid’s Teatro Real with Jeffrey Tate, Banco (Macbeth) in Poznań, Ochs and Kommisar (Der Rosenkavalier) in Florence with Zubin Mehta and at Indiana University, Rocco (Fidelio) in Germany, and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Washington.