Tomasz Raff is an all-round singer-artist, who has dedicated himself to classical singing as a modern art of deep personal insight that does not leave the public uninvolved. His artistic experiences include major bass roles sung in significant theatres in Poland and Germany, as well as main parts in several experimental performances, where opera/musical theatre becomes a modern work of art.
Currently Tomasz Raff serves as a freelance classical singer based in his home city, Warsaw (Poland), where he cooperates with Royal Polish Opera as Il Commandatore (Don Giovanni, W. A. Mozart), and Zbigniew (The haunted manor, S. Moniuszko).
In 2018/19 he world-premiered all polish and some russian songs written by one of the most significant polish-jewish composers of the XXth century, Mieczysław Wajnberg. He also inspired the production and performed in an experimental musical poem „M. Wajnberg. Epitaph”, which was staged at Polin Music Festival 2019.
Throughout his professional career he has performed in Mainfrankentheater Würzburg (season 2016/17), Wrocław Opera (years 2013-2016), Opera Cracow (season 2014/15) and Oper Halle (years 2014-2015), where he has sung below highlited roles:
- Daland – R. Wagner „The flying Dutchman”
- Mefistofele – A. Boito „Mefistofele”
- Raimondo – G. Donizetti „Lucia di Lammermoor”
- Sarastro – W. A. Mozart „The magic flute”,
- Colline – G. Puccini „La Boheme”,
- Don Basilio – G. Rossini „The barber of Sevilla”,
- Gremin – P. Tschaikovsky „Eugen Onegin”,
- Marcel – G. Meyerbeer, „Les Huguenots”,
- Osmin – W. A. Mozart, „Entführung aus dem Serail”,
- Zaccaria – G. Verdi, „Nabucco”,
- Pimen – M. Mussorgsky „Boris Godunov”.
His musical education has started at the „Elsner” Music School (2007, Andrzej-Kamil Drabik). During studies in Germany (Universität der Künste Berlin, 2012, Prof. KS Peter Maus) and Poland (F. Chopin University of Music, 2013, Prof. Jerzy Knetig) he has already performed in many opera projects such as the Warsaw Premiere of B. Britten’s „The rape of Lucretia” as Collatinus which he also co-produced, P. Tschaikovsky’s „Iolanthe” in the double role of King Rene and Ebn Hakia. As a student he has also performed in La Traviata and Midsummernight’s Dream at Grand Theatre – National Opera Warsaw. His stage debut Tomasz Raff made in 2007 by performing as Uberto from G. Pergolesi’s „La serva padrona” at M25 venue in Warsaw.
As one of the founders of „o.to.ja foundation”, he serves to introduce the classical music to people not being accustomed to listen to this genre. By using crowdfunding financing methods he manages to regularly organise oratorio concerts (mainly Haendel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John’s and St. Matthew Passion). By doing so „o.to.ja foundation” has implemented a new trend and inspired musical society in Warsaw and the whole Poland.
In oil and aquarelle painting and sketching, he constantly finds and explores analogies with music, what enriches him and his musical and artistic personality.