Soloist of the Opera
Jiří Brückler was born in Liberec, northern Bohemia, in 1984, and took up music in his native city, as a member of several children’s choirs. He then studied classical singing with Prof. Jiří Kotouč at the Prague Conservatory, and since 2008 has pursued his schooling with Prof. Roman Janál at the Academy of Music in Prague. From his conservatory student days, he guest appeared at the Prague State Opera’s productions of, initially, Rusalka and Turandot, and from the 2010/2011 season also Rigoletto and Carmen. From the 2011/2012 season, he was in permanent engagement as a soloist of the Prague State Opera, since January 2012 he has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. From 2007 he was a guest artist of the Mozart Opera Prague summer season, singing Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre. In 2008, he created the role of Avenant in Philip Glass’ Beauty and the Beast at the National Theatre in Brno, where, since the 2011/2012 season, he has been cast as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Ping in Turandot. In 2008 he joined the Chamber Opera Prague on its Japanese tour, singing Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Since the 2009/2010 season, he has guest appeared at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec, as Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci and as Morales in Carmen. His creation of Silvio earned him a place on the longlist for the 2009 Thalia Awards. In August 2011 and 2012, he sang Silvio in I pagliacci on the revolving open-air stage at Český Krumlov, alongside José Cura as Canio.
He has to his credit successes from several voice competitions: among others, he won the first prize from the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary 2008, along with Vilém Zítek Award plus Josef Hercl Society Award for Best Interpretation of Sacred Music; and in the same contest, the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava Award, and Editio Bärenreiter Award. As a concert singer, he tours extensively in this country and internationally. In 2009, he featured in the Prague premiere performances of Otomar Kvěch’s Requiem temporale, with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Malát, and in a production of Théodore Dubois’ oratorio Les sept paroles du Christ.
Update: September 2012