Born in Lodz, Polish tenor Arnold Rutkowski is rapidly gaining recognition as an exciting lyric tenor. In the past two seasons he has made highly successful debuts at theatres including the Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, Royal Swedish Opera in Toulon, Finnish National Opera in Helsinki as well as in Wiesbaden and Toulon.
Arnold Rutkowski began his 2012/2013 season with his debut at the Semper Oper Dresden as Rodolfo in La bohème and later also sang this role for his return to the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He appeared with the Opéra de Toulon as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and will make his debut with the Geneva Opera in April 2013 in the same role. In the course of the season Rutkowski is also heard as the Duke in Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, and as Alfredo in La Traviata in Dresden. In the summer of 2013 Rutkowski makes his debut with the Australian Opera, again in La Traviata. Projects for the 2013/201 season include his debut at the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels as the Duke in Rigoletto, his debut in Marseille in his first performances of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Rutkowski will also return to the Hamburg State Opera in La Traviata and debuts with the Stuttgart Opera in La bohème.
Arnold Rutkowski made his German operatic debut in the spring of 2010 as the Duke in Rigoletto in Wiesbaden. In the 2010/2011 season Rutkowski went on to debut at the Berlin State Opera as Alfredo in La Traviata, at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and at the Finnish National Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème. In July of 2011 he joined Anna Samuil of the Berlin State Opera for a Gala concert at the Bad Kissingen Festival under Marco Letonja. In August of 2011, Rutkowski made his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm as Rodolfo. These performances were followed by his debuts at the Hamburg State Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto, in Vienna at the Vienna Volksoper in Carmen, and in France as Rodolfo for Opéra de Toulon. In February of 2012, Rutkowski returned to the Berlin State Opera as Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He subsequently appeared at the Deutsche Opera am Rhein for more performances of Madama Butterfly and as Don José in Carmen. In June of 2012, Rutkowski sang Alfredo at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw opposite Alexandra Kurzak and Andrzej Dobber.
Arnold Rutkowski completed his musical studies in Lodz. A winner of several prestigious Vocal Competitions including the Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition, he was awarded the Cultur Arte Prize in the Plácido Domingo Competition in 2009. Before graduating from Conservatory, Rutkowski was already invited to make his professional debut in Bornholm, Denmark as Ferrando in a production of Così fan tutte, staged by Jonathan Miller. He subsequently joined the ensemble of the Wroclaw Opera where he was heard as the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Travata, Rodolfo in La bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as Don José in Carmen. Rutkowski was invited to make his debut at the Polish National Opera in 2007 as Rodolfo and has returned often to that theatre in roles including Stefan in Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor and the Duke in Rigoletto. Other roles in Rutkowski’s developing repertoire include the title roles in Gounod’s Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Massenet’s Werther, and Cavaradossi in Tosca.