Prof. Tomasz Zagórski (born in Poznań on August 6, 1963, passed away in Gniezno on May 9, 2021) was an operatic singer, a tenor, and a student of Prof. Stanisław Romański. He was awarded an honorable mention at the International Competition for Young Tenors at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan (an award presented by Giuseppe di Stefano and Gino Bechi). He was also a scholarship recipient of the renowned Birgit Nilsson in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

From 1985 to 1995, he performed in all Polish opera theaters, including a soloist position at the Grand Theatre Stanisław Moniuszko in Poznań, and from 1995 to 1997 at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz. He made his debut in “Straszny dwór" (The Haunted Manor), and for the next 10 seasons, he presented himself to the Poznań audience in numerous operas performed mostly in their original languages. Among them, his performances in works such as “The Magic Flute," “The Barber of Seville," “Falstaff," “Death in Venice," “La Traviata," “Prince Igor," “Eugene Onegin," “The Haunted Manor," “Tales of Hoffmann," “The Merry Widow," “La Bohème," “Moses," “The Black Mask," “Martha," “The Turk in Italy," “Gianni Schicchi," “Fiddler on the Roof," “Pagliacci," “Carmina Burana," and “Die Fledermaus" stand out.

After finishing his engagements in Poznań and Bydgoszcz, he went to Germany and Switzerland, where he continued his career with local theaters.

Distinguished for Polish Culture, Bronze Medal for Long Service, Honorary Badge for Merit in Environmental Protection and Water Management, Silver Cross of Merit.

On February 6, 2020, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him the title of Professor of Art.

Since the late 90s, he has been a guest soloist at the Hanover Staatsoper, opera houses in Kiel, Leipzig, Erfurt, Würzburg, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Frankfurt on the Main, Dresden's Semperoper, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, and Staatstheater Kassel. During that time, audiences applauded him in roles such as The Magic Flute, The Knight of the Silver Rose, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Barber of Seville, and Falstaff.

His singing was also heard at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Operas in Bern, Biel, Basel, and Lucerne, in Berlin, Halle, Innsbruck, Bonn, Berliner Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, National Theatre in Prague, and Beethovensaal in Stuttgart.

He has performed in over 50 tenor roles, and some of them in multiple productions. Among the most significant are the lead roles in operas by W. A. Mozart, such as Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, La clemenza di Tito, Idomeneo, as well as Polish composers' operas like The Haunted Manor, The Black Mask, The Castle on Czorsztyn, French operas such as The Tales of Hoffmann, La vie parisienne, Manon, Les pêcheurs de perles, L'heure espagnole, and Italian operas like The Turk in Italy, Moses, La bohème, Gianni Schicchi, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Il prigioniero, Job, Russian operas such as Eugene Onegin, Chovanshchina, Prince Igor, and German operas like The Merry Wives of Windsor, Telemaco – ossia L'isola di Circe, The Knight of the Silver Rose, Martha, Capriccio, Phaedra, Orest, Fidelio, The Marksman.

Founder and Artistic Director of the International Music Festival "Nadnoteckie Bel Canto".

President of the "Nadnoteckie Bel Canto" Association from 2018 to 2021.

Among the artist's favorite musical-theatrical genres is operetta, and in it, roles like Camille de Rossillon in Lehar's “The Merry Widow," Caramello in “A Night in Venice," Count René in “The Count of Luxembourg," Count Stanisław in “The Gypsy Baron," Raul de Gardefeu in “The Parisian Life," and Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus."

Tomasz Zagórski frequently performed on philharmonic stages, alongside excellent choirs and orchestras. He has had the privilege to perform with the Poznań Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Monteverdi Chor Hamburg, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Münchner Symphoniker, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Orchester des Brandenburger Theaters, Freiburger Barockorchester, Staatskapelle Halle, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berner Symphonieorchester, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Concerto Brandenburg, in numerous oratorios and masses, such as Rossini's “Stabat Mater," Berlioz's “The Childhood of Christ," Verdi's “Requiem," Handel's “Messiah," Kodaly's “Te Deum," Liszt's “Graner Messe," Bruch's “Moses," Dvorak's “Requiem" and “Stabat Mater," Liszt's “Christus," Tippett's “A Child of Our Time," Bernstein's “Songfest," and Szymanowski's “Love Songs" and “Song of the Night."

He has shared the stage with artists like Theo Adam, Diana Damrau, Magdalena Kozena, Anne-Sophie von Otter, Teresa Żylis-Gara, Felicity Lott, Giorgio Zancanaro, Christoph Pregardien, Erika Miklosa, Olaf Baer, Alberto Rinaldi, Miriam Clark, Angela Meade, and Jan Czekay.

Audiences applauded him at many music festivals in Poland and Europe, in places such as Kudowa Zdrój, Nantes, Schwetzingen Festspiele, Wiesbaden, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Wrocław, Brighton, Dresden, Berlin, Santander, Lille, Poznań, Kalisz, Sanok, Parma, Merseburg, Lucerne, Trzęsacz, and Świnoujście.

Since 2009, Tomasz Zagórski has combined international performances with teaching at the Academy of Music in Poznań, leading classes in German vocal lyrics at the Vocal-Acting Department. Since 2010, as a professor, he has been conducting his own solo singing class at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

Tomasz Zagórski performed in 54 operatic and operetta roles, participated in 48 premieres of stage works, and undertook 50 major cantata and oratorio parts.

He is the author of the Polish-German vocal workshops project as part of the European Day of Music at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music “Vocal Master Class" – Rewal/Świnoujście – August 2014.

In 2011, he received the Journalist Award 2011 for organizing the 1st Nadnotecki Music Festival “Beautiful Singing" (from all local newspapers in the Pila region and the Nadnotecki region).

He is a recipient of the “Red Tulip" Award for assistance and collaboration in the development of the culture of the city of Czarnków.

In 2014, he received the Mayor of Wielenia Award for exceptional cultural and artistic achievements.

Since 2014, he has been the Chairman of the Jury of the “I Have Talent – I Am the Best" competition, held in the Czarnków-Trzcianka County at “Edukacja" in Lubasz.

He composed the piece “Zielona Sarbia" for tenor solo and choir with piano accompaniment in 2014, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of State Forests; the premiere took place at the Nadnotecki Music Festival at the Sanctuary in Lubasz on June 28, 2014.

In 2015, he recorded an album titled “The Most Beautiful Polish Songs" along with pianist Jacek Kortus.

In 2020, together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Poznań, he performed the solo part in Zbigniew Kozub's Te Deum, composed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Academy of Music in Poznań.