Dariusz Machej (Bass) began his artistic career as a soloist with the Śląsk and Mazowsze State Folk Song and Dance Troupes. In 2000, he graduated from Professor Włodzimierz Zalewski’s singing class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. He honed his vocal skills in masterclasses given by Professor Ryszard Karczykowski and William Mateuzzi. He won Third Prize and the prize for best bass in the Sixth Adam Didur Opera Singing Competition in Bytom. Since 1997, he has been a soloist with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, where he made his debut in the role of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola.
Dariusz Machej also works with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, Baltic Opera, Krakow Opera and Wuppertaler Buehnen. He has given guest performances at the Oper Frankfurt am Main, Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius, Theater der Stadt Koblenz, Wienerkammeroper, Teatr Wielki in Poznań and Silesian Opera, among others.
His main achievements on stage include roles in operas by Mozart (Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Leporello in Don Giovanni) and Donizetti (Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore and the titular role in Don Pasquale), the parts of Death in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Caspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz, and also leading characters in numerous operas by Rossini (Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Selim in Il Turco in Italia and Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri).
He has taken part in numerous music festivals, such as the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Festival de Musique de Strasbourg, Festival Belcanto Rossini in Wildbad (Germany), EBU Summer Festival (Warsaw), Festival di Musica Sacra Anima Mundi (Pisa), Mai Festspiele (Wiesbaden), Warsaw Autumn, Wratislavia Cantans, Bydgoszcz Opera Festival and Adam Didur Festival (Sanok).
He has also participated in the world premieres of Kurt Schwertsik’s opera Katzelmacher (Wuppertal, 2003) and Zygmunt Krauze’s opera Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy (Paris, 2004).
He has performed under the baton of such conductors as Łukasz Borowicz, Roland Böer, Kai Bumann, Will Crutchfield, Jose Maria Florencio, Zbigniew Graca, Hilary Griffiths, George Hanson, Fridrich Heider, Jean Claude Malgloire, Alessandro de Marchi, Marc Minkowski, Carlo Montanaro, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Grzegorz Nowak, Jacek Kaspszyk, Tadeusz Kozłowski, Andrzej Straszyński, Ruben Silva, Simon Standage, Tadeusz Strugała, Carlo Rizzi, Tomasz Tokarczyk, Alberto Zedda.
And he has worked with many outstanding directors, including Laco Adamik, Henryk Baranowski , Kazimierz Dejmek, Andreas Dresen, Achim Freyer, Jerzy Gruza, Grzegorz Jarzyna, Peter Mussbach, Ryszard Peryt, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Emilio Sagi, Stefan Soltesz, Mariusz Treliński, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Keith Warner, Johannes Weigand, Marek Weiss, Michał Znaniecki.
Dariusz Machej also performs in oratorial and song repertoire. He has sung in many prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad. His artistic travels have taken in most European countries, as well as the USA, Canada, Lebanon, China, Japan and other countries. He has participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts (RAI, Südwestrunkfunk, Polskie Radio, TVP, Polsat). He has made many recordings for disc (on Naxos, ROF, Bongiovanni, DUX, Radiowa Agencja Fonograficzna) and for the Polskie Radio archives. In 2010, a disc on which he sings, Musica Sacromontana, was nominated for an Album of the Year prize in the annual Fryderyk awards presented by the Polish record industry in the category Classical Music – Choral and Oratorial Music.