Still, Orlinski said there are costs to being so easily accessible to the public. “Some of them are a little weird,” he said. “There are a lot of DMs on Instagram.” Inappropriate posts? He grimaced. “There was a period when it was happening a lot.”
While his concert and opera schedule is booked until 2024, Orlinski said he is unsure where he will go longer term. “When I look at the list of things I’ve done, I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s crazy. I’m 31,'” he said. “At the same time, I haven’t only 31 years old.”
Following tradition and available repertoire, most countertenors focus on early music, with occasional forays into contemporary repertoire. But, as with so many other things, Orlinski is reluctant to follow formulas.
The new Polish-themed disc – recorded with regular collaborator, pianist Michal Biel, and released in May – features songs by Szymanowski and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz: a lavish, late-Romantic repertoire that most countertenors never approach .
He wasn’t even sure if he would stay within the classical, or even stay within his current vocal range, he said. “I have already discussed it with my management. I immediately told them, ‘I’m not going to be, like, 60 years old and continue to sing as a countertenor.’
What else would he do? Maybe organize a music festival or make movies, he said, or maybe he’ll switch to baritone and sing pop. “There are hundreds of open doors.”
Things were moving so fast, he said. “As with the Met and the Royal Opera House, it was so far,” he added, with a trace of disbelief. “I was aware of these projects in 2018, and it’s already gone.”