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Aleš Briscein

Guest of the Opera

He studied clarinet and saxophone and then opera singing at the Prague Conservatory and at the University in Pilsen. In 1995 he became a soloist of Prague State Opera, where over a short period of time he sang a number of lyrical and character roles – Rossini’s Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata, among others. As a freelance artist now he has been permanent guest of the National Theatre in Prague (Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die entführung aus dem Serail and Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore, Števa in Janáček’s Jenůfa and Boris in Katya Kabanova, Jeník in Smetana´s The Bartered Bride, Dvořák´s Prince in Rusalka and Jiří in The Jacobin). In 1999 toured Japan in the role of Tamino and a year later sang Kudrjáš in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova in a premiere of this opera with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, who also chose him for a performance of Janáček’s opera From the House of the Dead (2003). Also in this year he gave acclaimed performances in Massenet’s Manon in Vancouver and in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Cyprus.


In 2004 he started a long-term engagement at Opéra National de Paris, where he has appeared as Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), in R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier and Elektra, Janáček’s From the House of the Dead and The Makropulos Affair, Verdi’s La traviata and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress. His most recent engagements include the Prince (Dvořák: Rusalka) at the Volksoper in Vienna, the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Janek (The Makropulos Affair) at the  Oper Frankfurt and Salzburger Festspiele,  Ladislav Podhájský (Smetana: The Two Widows) at Angers and Nantes, and in 2013, Andrei (Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa) at the Komische Oper Berlin. 


He is regularly invited to perform at concerts both at home and abroad (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, England, Spain, USA, Japan), he has appeared at the Edinburgh and Prague Spring festivals and has worked with leading symphony and chamber orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He also enjoys singing early and spiritual music (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Rossini). He frequently records for Czech Television and Czech Radio, and participated in the recording of Pavel Haas’s opera The Charlatan (Decca). His creation of Romeo (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette), at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, earned him the 2012 Thalia Award.


Update: April 2013

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