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 (performances now available on DVD) 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 Manor for the Polish National Opera, Nettuno / Antinoo / Tempo Il ritorno d’Ulisse at the Drottningholms Slottsteater, The Commendatore Don Giovanni for the Nederlandse Reisopera, 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, Christopher Franklin, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Leo Hussain, Alexander Joel, Gérard Korsten, Antonello Manacorda, Cornelius Meister, Tomáš Netopi, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Rusitoni and Michael Schønwandt.
Recent engagements have included 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.
Engagements during 2018 / 2019 include Enrico Anna Bolena and The Commendatore Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera, Sarastro The Magic Flute for Irish National Opera, a return to the Theater an der Wien for Leuthold Guillaume Tell, the St John Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah with the Hallé and Café Müller with the Pina Bausch Dance Company.
Looking ahead to 2019/2020, he returns to the Theater an der Wien to sing Dziemba in Moniuszko’s Halka and to the Royal Opera, London, as Dr Grenvil La traviata.
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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 with 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…”
Enrico: Anna Bolena / Longborough Festival Opera
“Jakobski played Henry with chilling detachment – face twisting with curdled entitlement as he sees his will thwarted, then nervously buttoning up his blazer as his morality is challenged. His voice, soft-grained at first, grew throughout the performance into a force of quiet terror…”
The Arts Desk
“…just as the throne dominates the stage, so too did bass Lukas Jakobski loom over the cast as Enrico (Henry VIII). Physically, Jakobski is an extremely imposing figure, towering over everyone else (indeed, he must have been several feet taller than his petite Jane) and deploying his muscular physique to threatening effect. His Enrico was no elegant, appealing seducer, but a brutish tyrant for whom ‘might is right’. Perhaps he descended into parody once or twice – there was a look of almost pantomime villainy at the end of the first act – but it was a convincing performance on the whole, and his look of discomfort, physically almost shrivelling as his regal perfection was torn down by Anne was deftly portrayed. Vocally Jakobski was equally commanding, insidiously mellow at times and hectoring to the point of a bellow at others. It made for a gripping performance.
“Lukas Jakobski is a class act as Enrico.”
Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea / London Handel Festival
“Lukas Jakobski, massive-voiced and charismatic as the giant.”
Polyphemus: 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 Irish 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 Antonious…”
“…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 / Longborough Festival Opera
“Only Lukas Jakobski’s Commendatore breathes the authentically sombre air of the Habsburg graveyard…”
The Arts Desk
“…a stony-faced Lukas Jakobski is a Commendatore with plenty of gravitas.”
“Lukas Jakobski a genuinely imposing statue of the Commendatore slain by Giovanni – and the most convincing of all the male participants.”
Midlands Classical Music Making
“…so strong is Lukas Jakobski’s bass and so chilling his performance.”
Don Cassandro: La finta semplice / Classical Opera
Lukas Jakobski’s hulking, bullying Cassandro thundered around the stage in the first act, and was played so well that his superb drunken turn in the second act came as quite a surprise. Vocally, his bass is a hefty instrument with cherry-dark tones at the bottom of the voice.”
“Lukas Jakobski presented his strong bass to excellent effect as Don Cassandro...“
“Lukas Jakobski enjoyed himself as the self-satisfied and initially reluctant would-be seducer, Don Cassandro. His dark, resonant bass was the perfect fit for Cassandro’s ham-fisted egoism…”
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.”
Puccini Tosca (role of Angelotti)
Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics DVD 4040639 / Blu Ray 4040649
Verdi Otello (role of Herald)
Anne Schwanewilms, Eufemla Tufano, Allan Clayton, Simon O’Neill, Gerald Finley,
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus / Sir Colin Davis
LSO Live CD LSO 0700
Verdi Simon Boccanegra (role of Pietro)
Marina Poplavskaya, Joseph Calleja, Plácido Domingo, Jonathan Summers, Ferruccio Furlanetto
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics DVD 9178259