In the 2019/20 season, Polish bass Wojtek Gierlach returned to Welsh National Opera for role debuts as Sparafucile Rigoletto, Parson The Cunning Little Vixen and Procida in David Pountney’s new production of Les vêpres siciliennes. A further role debut as Osmin The Abduction from the Seraglio takes him to Irish National Opera.
Last season he sang Alidoro La Cenerentola at WNO, somewhat of a signature role for him, which he has also performed with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Teatro Maestranza in Seville. He also returned to the roles of Figaro Le nozze di Figaro at Teatr Wielki Poznań, Zbigniew Straszny dwór for Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Rocco Fidelio at WNO, and sang Commendatore Don Giovanni for Opera Wroclawska. On the concert platform, he appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.
At Polish National Opera he has also appeared as Hermes Eros i Psyche, Gesler Guillaume Tell, Talbot Maria Stuarda, Colline, Figaro, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Duce Alfonso Lucrezia Borgia, and Escamillo. Elsewhere in Poland, roles also include Selim Il turco in Italia and King of Clubs The Love for Three Oranges at Krakow Opera, and the title role of Don Giovanni at the Warsaw Mozart Festival. In 2017/18, he made his house debuts at the Royal Opera House as the Priest Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and at Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Talbot Maria Stuarda, and sang Oroveso Norma with the Teatre Principal Palma, a role he previously sang at Teatro National Sao Carlos Lisbon.