Born in Poland, Lukas Jakobski studied at the Royal College of Music, and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his roles included Angelotti Tosca, Pietro Simon Boccanegra and The King Aïda. He has returned to sing Greek Captain Les Troyens, Don Profondo Il viaggio a Reims and Pistol Falstaff.
Elsewhere, his engagements have included Britten Church Parables with the Mahogany Opera Group, Abbot Curlew River, Voice of Neptune Idomeneo and Pietro Simon Boccanegra at the Opéra de Lyon, Hobson Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien, Zuniga Carmen and Colline La bohème for Glyndebourne On Tour, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea for Iford Arts, Zbigniew The Haunted Manorfor the Polish National Opera, Nettuno / Antinoo / Tempo Il ritorno d’Ulisse at the Drottnikgnholms Slottsteater, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for Grange Park Opera and Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos for the Warsaw Philharmonic. For Dutch National Opera, he has sung The Captain Manon Lescaut, Tall Englishman The Gambler, The Cook The Love of Three Oranges and The Doctor Macbeth.
Lukas Jakobski has performed widely in concert, his engagements including Nettuno / Antinoo / Il Tempo Il ritorno d’Ulisse with the Academy of Ancient Music, Panthée / Narbal Les Troyens and Herald Otello with the London Symphony Orchestra, Pistol Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Solomon with the Kymi Sinfonietta and Pulcinella with the Ulster Orchestra.
Conductors with whom he has worked include Julia Jones, Marc Albrecht, Christian Curnyn, Sir Colin Davis, Richard Egarr, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Leo Hussain, Alexander Joel, Gérard Korsten, Cornelius Meister, Tomáš Netopi,Antonio Pappano, Daniele Rusitoni and Michael Schønwandt.
Current engagements include Apprentice Wozzeck and Peter Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, Hobson Peter Grimes at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, Don Cassandro La finta semplice for Classical Opera and Messiah with the Nederlandse Reisopera.
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Pantheus: Les Troyens / LSO
“…Lukas Jakobski, wonderfully imperious as Pantheus.”
The Abbot: Curlew River / Opéra de Lyon
“William Dazeley’s noble Ferryman and Lukas Jakobski’s imposing Abbot were outstanding.”
Church Parables / Mahogany Opera Group at the Aldeburgh Festival
“…a superlative bass Abbot, Lukas Jakobski.”
The Arts Desk
“Lukas Jakobski was a resonant Abbot.”
“The best of the singing, from Lukas Jakobski as the Abbot who summons the audience to watch his monks enact the drama, is imposingly fine.”
“…Lukas Jakobski set the tone promisingly and will superb presence as The Abbot…”
“Here at Aldeburgh, the superb voice and sensitive presence of Lukas Jakobski, a Royal Opera House young alumnus initially trained in Poznan, Poland, filled the bill wondrously well…”
Seen and Heard International
“I loved the glee with which the all-male cast, led by the riveting James Gilchrist and the giant bass of Lukas Jakobski, threw themselves into these mini operas…such exciting singing…”
Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea / London Handel Festival
“Lukas Jakobski, massive-voiced and charismatic as the giant.”
Polyphems: Acis and Galatea / Iford Arts
“The bass Lukas Jakobski made Polyphemus a nasty piece of work, a threatening presence vocally and physically.”
Messiah / Irish Baroque Orchestra
“Lukas Jakobski was a tower of strength with the Iris Baroque Orchestra.”
The Irish Times
La Resurrezione / London Handel Orchestra
“Lukas Jakobski stamped himself upon the part from every possible angle. There was his voice, cavernous and emphatic; his significant height (he’s as tall as The Shard); his glaring red tie. Startling gestures too: I won’t forget him lounging malevolently in his chair, dismissing the Angel’s Easter news with a slow handclap.”
Caronte: L’Orfeo / English Bach Festival
“Orfeo sang his heart out against the adamantine power of Caronte, splendidly sung and acted by the tall, imposing Polish bass Lukas Jakobski…”
Nettuno / Antinoo: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria / Academy of Ancient Music
“The other dramatic sparks came…from the bass Lukas Jakobski as both a truculent Neptune and a suitably boorish Antoniou…”
“…Lukas Jakobski had powerful authority as Nettuno…”
“Jakobski demonstrated impressive diversity: he roared and bellowed as Nettuno, but was sweet-toned and beguiling as one of the suitors, Antinoo.”
Commendatore: Don Giovanni / Nederlandse Reisopera
“Lukas Jacobski’s towering stature and cavernous sound made for an imposing Commendatore.”
The Cook: The Love of Three Oranges / Netherlands Opera
“As the cook, Lukas Jakobski knows how, by turn, sublimely to resist or seduce…”
“A starring role was played by the Polish bass Lukas Jakobski, who played the cook. He delivered a wonderful depiction of the required comic element in this opera.”
Written in Music
Pistol: Falstaff / City of Birminghm Symphony Orchestra
“…Lukas Jakobski as an imposing dry-humoured Pistol…”
"Lukas Jakobski’s tall Pistol and Peter Van Hulle’s shorter Bardolph roughed up to make a classic partnership."
Pistol: Falstaff / Royal Opera, London
“Alasdair Elliot and Lukas Jakobski were a well-practised double act as Bardolph and Pistol…”
“Alasdair Elliott’s Bardolph and Lukas Jacobski’s Pistol were a loveable pair of rogues who might have stepped straight from the pages of Henry IV.”
“The Bardolfo of Alastair Elliott and the tall, sullen delinquent Pistola of Lukas Jakobski made an irresistible pair.”
“Both individually and as a double act, Alistair Elliot and Lukas Jakobski are priceless as Bardolph and Pistol…”
“Alasdair Elliot and Lukas Jakobski make an effective ‘Little and Large’ pair of bald reprobates as Bardolph and Pistol.”
Pietro: Simon Boccanegra / Royal Opera, London, at the BBC Proms
“Lukas Jakobski offered an eloquent Pietro.”