Soloist of the Opera
Jaroslav Březina studied at the Prague Conservatory under the tutelage of Professor Zdeněk Jankovský and after graduating further honed his technique with Václav Zítek. During his studies he became a member of the vocal ensemble Dobrý večer kvintet. His concert activity is extensive, primarily as regards projects pertaining to the baroque and classical repertoire. He has appeared on concert stages in Japan, Austria, Norway, Italy (performances of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater in Rome and Pisa), Germany, France and Spain. He has collaborated with a number of conductors, including Jiří Bělohlávek, Sir Charles Mackerras, Oliver Dohnányi, Serge Baudo, Gerd Albrecht and Tomáš Netopil. Since 1993 he has been a soloist of Prague’s National Theatre Opera, where he has created a host of roles from both the Czech and world repertoire - Mozart’s Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tito (La clemenza di Tito), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Benvolio (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette), Dancairo (Bizet: Carmen), Fenton (Verdi: Falstaff), Beppe (Leoncavallo: Pagliacci), Tinca (Puccini: Il tabarro), Zinovy Borisovich (Shostakovitch: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Vašek and Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Jirka (Dvořák: The Devil and Kate), Yannakos and Panait (Martinů: The Greek Passion), Maškaron (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Kudryash (Janáček: Katya Kabanova), Nemorino (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Pedrillo (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Jiří (Dvořák: The Jacobin), The Spirit of the Masque (Britten: Gloriana), Alfredo (Verdi: La traviata), Schoolmaster / Mosquito (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), and Witch (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel). He featured on CD recordings of Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass (Deutsche Grammophon), Zelenka’s coronation opera Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis, which won a Cannes Classical Award for the year 2002, Janáček’s Šárka and Dvořák’s The Stubborn Lovers (all for Supraphon). He performed Leoš Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Teatro Real in Madrid, at the Moravian Autumn and Janáček Hukvaldy festivals, during the Czech Philharmonic’s concert season, and also regularly at Prague’s National Theatre during the years 1998–2001. He also works with Czech Television (e.g. a production of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera The Voice of the Forest).
Update: May 2015