- Title: Baroque'n'Roll: Polish opera star uses breakdance to lure young audiences
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPERA SINGER AND BREAKDANCER, JAKUB JOZEF ORLINSKI, SAYING: "The director came to our dressing room before the concert and he said like: Listen, Jakub, this is the third time in the history of this theatre that the theatre is sold out, for a piano recital. It's crazy! And there were so many young people only because I do sometimes some Instagram stories and they look at that, they look at my lifestyle." ORLINSKI LOOKING AT MOBILE PHONE ORLINSKI DURING REHEARSAL POSING FOR PICTURE KATOWICE, POLAND (MARCH 7, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPERA SINGER AND BREAKDANCER, JAKUB JOZEF ORLINSKI, SAYING: "It's super, super fun and I see that those people (followers on Instagram), like many of them, they would just write to me and they say: 'Hey! That was my first time in the theatre. It was great, it was nice." ORLINSKI TALKING ON STAGE TO MUSICIANS SHEET MUSIC ORLINSKI PRACTISING WITH MUSICIANS
- Keywords: Jakub Jozef Orlinski Opera Awards Polish srtist breakdancer countertenor opera singer rehearsal social media
- Reuters ID: LVA00DC4VZ589
- Location: KATOWICE AND WARSAW, POLAND
- City: KATOWICE AND WARSAW, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Duration: 00:00:59
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music,Theater,Editors' Choice
- Story Text: With breakdance windmills and power moves Polish opera star Jakub Jozef Orlinski makes his way onto the stage at the National Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall to perform his coloratura pieces and largos arias.
Orlinski, who specializes in Baroque music, first became famous when a video of him performing Vivaldi's 'Vedro con mio diletto' went viral in 2017. In 2019, he released a video about how he pairs breakdancing with his career as a countertenor.
With close to 60,000 Instagram followers, Polish countertenor and breakdancer, says he is trying to use social media to break down cultural barriers and attract younger audiences to classical music.
"I do think that if we want to keep this classical music alive, it is important to find new tools, how to get to the new public," Orlinski told Reuters.
The singer says social media has helped him boost ticket sales for his shows, as well, even though he doesn't treat it as a business.
The director of a theatre in Frankfurt where Orlinski gave a concert last September told him it was only the third time in his theatre's history that all tickets had been sold out.
Orlinski has been nominated at this year's prestigious International Opera Awards, known as the "Opera Oscars," for best solo recital recording. The winners of the Opera Awards are to be announced in May.
(Production: Malgorzata Wojtunik)
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