Taking voice lessons was just meant as a hobby while Ochman studied Ceramics Engineering in Krakow... but it gained the upper hand,
and led to his 1960 debut as Edgardo in Bytom, where he stayed for three years. Then he sang in Krakow for one season, and in 1964
became a member of the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
From 1966, he made an international career: Berlin (both Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper), Munich, Hamburg, the Glyndebourne
and Salzburg festivals, Paris Opéra (1972), Covent Garden, Prague, Geneva, Chicago, San Francisco, the Metropolitan Opera (whose
member he was from 1975 to 1991), the Moscow Bolshoj, Buenos Aires (1981), La Scala (1982), Brussels (1988), Rome, Orange... He sang
until the end of the century.
His repertory was very wide: Jontek, Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Arrigo, Lenskij and Grigorij in his early Polish years; then a Mozart
specialist for some time (Idomeneo, Tamino, and above all Don Ottavio), later Alfred (Fledermaus) and Alfredo, both Števa and
Boris in Ká&tacute;a Kabanová, Andrej Khovanskij, Prince (Rusalka by Dvořák), Rinald (Armida, again by
Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens, reference 2, reference 3, reference 4, reference 5