Born in Poland, Pawel Izdebski moved with his family to Boston, USA and graduated with a Master's Degree of Arts in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. In the summer of 1987 he attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where he made his operatic debut as Colline in La Boheme. He is a finalist of the 1995 Fifth International Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition in Modena, Italy.
His first professional engagement was in 1989 at Lincoln Center in Philip Glass' Fall of the House of Usher. From 1989 – 2001 he was a member of the Zurich International Opera Studio, where he was engaged by Zürich Opera to appear in various productions, including Il Trovatore and Un Ballo In Maschera conducted by Nello Santi, as well as in Eugene Onegin and Die Zauberflöte with Ralf Weikert, where he sang with stars such as Pavarotti, Domingo, Cappucilli, Obratzova, Salminen and Araiza.
In Germany since 1991, he was engaged as a soloist at the Stadttheater Koblenz and from 1996 - 2004 at the Staatstheater Meiningen. There, he sang major bass roles, among others: Rocco (Fidelio), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Daland (Der Fliegende Holländer), König Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Dulcamara (L'elisir d'Amore), Wasserman (Rusalka), Boris (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), his acclaimed Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) or Fasold and Hunding in Christine Mielitz celebrated Meiningen’s RING production.
Pawel Izdebski has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. His many guest appearances include Kalman Zsupan (Der Zigeunerbaron) with the Opera Irland in Dublin, Angelotti (Tosca) at the Opera de Nancy, world premiere of Karetnikov's Till Eulenspigel at the Opera de Nantes, Zaccarias ( Nabucco) with the State Opera Prague and Cracow, the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) at the Tangelwood Festival, Ferrando (Il Trovatore ) in the Festival Baden-Baden. He has regularly appeared at the Heidenheim and Bad Hersfeld Summer Festivals.
Highlights of previous seasons include Ramfis (Aida) and Timur (Turandot) at the Malmö Musik Teater in Sweden, Zaccharias (Nabucco) in Holland, Oroviso (Norma) in Belgium and Holland, Hunding in August Everding’s Die Walküre, Philip (Don Carlos) and Ramfis (Aida) at the National Theater in Warsaw, for which he received high critical praise
He appeared as Fasolt and Hagen in Hans Peter Lehmann/Ewa Michnik Super Production of Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung in Wroclaw. He sang Gran Sacerdote (Nabucco) together with Leo Nucci and Renato Bruson at the splendid Swiss Music Festival d’Avenches, portrayed Doktor in the highly controversial Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Wozzeck at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, toured Spain with Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier).
Recently, he sang Gurnemanz/Titurel (Parsifal) in 2008 Valencia’s Maazel/Herzog production, Pimen in Mariusz Trelinski’s 2009 new production of Boris Godunov in Warsaw, Hagen (Götterdämmerung) in 2009 Metha/Fura dels Baus production in Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and covered/sang all Wagnerian bass roles in the highly acclaimed Valencia’s Mehta/Fura dels Baus RING production with Placido Domingo as Sigmund. In 2010 King Mark (Tristan und Isolde) in Los Angeles, Landgraf (Tannhauser) in Poznan, Salome in Valencia with Zubin Mehta, .
Future engagements include Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) in Madrid’s Teatro Real with Jeffrey Tate, Banco (Macbeth) in Poznan, Ochs and Kommisar (Der Rosenkavalier) in Florence with Zubin Mehta, Rocco (Fidelio) in Germany, Mahler 8th in Washington,
Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Indiana University.
In addition to his opera repertoire, Pawel Izdebski is equally at home on the concert stage. He has performed many of the great orchestral and vocal works and has received special notice for his performances in German and Slavic repertoire. He has appeared in many concerts throughout Germany with the Rheinische Philharmonie, has sung Mahler's Eight Symphony in Göttingen and Hammeln, Dvorak's Requiem in Bad Hersfels. He is well known for his interpretation of Verdi's Requiem, which he has sung with Opera Bergen, Norway, as well as, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City, and the Albany Symphony in Albany, N.Y. He has also performed this work, together with Peter Dvorsky in the Chech Republic and Francisco Araiza in Fussen. He has sung Bruckner's Te Deum with the Nürnberger Symphony and Wagner's Rienzi with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He has toured throughout Japan with the Kanazawa Symphony Orchestra and performed in Stuttgart with the Stuttgarter Liederkranz in the concert rendition of Verdi's I Lombardi.
Using all the advantages of a top singer: an impressive voice of beautiful timbre, a range extending from the lowest bass notes well into the baritone range, effective stage presence, expressive acting and solid musicianship allow Pawel Izdebski to make each of his roles into a remarkable and memorable musical experience.