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Gustáv Beláček

Guest of the National Theatre Opera. Gustáv Beláček studied voice at Bratislava’s Conservatory and University of Performing Arts (under the tutelage of Eva Blahová). He further extended his studies with Ileana Cotrubas and Carlo Bergonzi in Siena, and Helmuth Rilling and Wolfgang Schöne at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart. He also attended international interpretation courses in Piešťany, Slovakia. He has won both domestic and foreign competitions (the A. Dvořák Competition in Karlovy Vary, the International Opera Competition in Siena, the M. Schneider-Trnavský and L. Pavarotti Competitions). In 1993 he received Opernwelt magazine’s Singer of the Year award within the Belvedere Voice Competition. In 1992 he debuted as Leporello (Mozart: Don Giovanni) at the Chamber Opera in Prague. He has performed at a number of European opera houses; for example, Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Théâtre du Rhin in Strasburg, Opera in Nagoya, Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Kammeroper in Vienna, Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Kongelige Teater i Copenhagen. He has rendered more than thirty bass roles. On the stage of the Slovak National Theatre he has appeared as Mozart’s Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Tchaikovsky’s Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Mussorgsky’s Pimen (Boris Godunov), Dvořák’s Water Goblin (Rusalka), Donizetti’s Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore). As a concert singer, he has performed with renowned conductors and orchestras (Dresdner Philharmonie, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Prague FOK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, New Jersey Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Berliner Philharmonie, Bayerische Rundfunkorchester, London Philharmonic, etc.). He has been a permanent guest of the Slovak and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. He has collaborated with the leading conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Zdeněk Mácal, Serge Baudo, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimír Válek, Aylton Escobar, András Ligeti, Libor Pešek, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, etc. Gustáv Beláček’s recording of Dvořák’s Requiem, conducted by Zdeněk Mácal, which he made with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the Delos label, won a 2001 Grammy award. In 2008 he received the Gabardi Award for the interpretation of Mozart’s and Rossini’s opera arias. Update: December 2008

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