Kowalski, Jochen, German countertenor; b. Wachow, Jan. 30, 1954. He studied with Heinz Reeh at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik and with Marianne Fischer-Kupfer. In 1982 he made his debut at the Handel Festival in Halle in Handel’s Mudo Scevola. He made his first appearance at the Komische Oper in Berlin as Fyodor in Boris Godunov in 1983, and subsequently served as a member of the company. In 1987 he sang Ptolomeo in Giulio Cesare at the Paris Opéra and Prince Orlovsky at the Vienna State Opera. He appeared as Gluck’s Orfeo with the Komische Oper during its visit to London’s Covent Garden in 1989. He returned to Covent Garden to sing Prince Orlovsky in 1990 and Farnace in Mitridate in 1991. In 1993 he appeared as Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. He was engaged as Britten’s Oberon at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. in 1996, and returned there as Prince Orlovsky in 1998. Kowalski also sang widely as a concert artist.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire