Soloist of the Opera
After studying voice at the Conservatory in Pardubice under the tutelage of Milan Stříteský, Jiří Hájek first attended the University of Music in Bratislava (Peter Mikuláš) and then the Academy of Music in Prague (René Tuček). During his studies he participated in international interpretational courses led by A. Kucharský, M. Hajóssyová, S. Kopčák and N. Knipplová. In 2003 he won 1st prize in the category of song and 2nd prize in the category of opera at the International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary. Since 2004 he has been a soloist of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, appearing in the roles of Harašta (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), Morales, Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen), Malatesta (Donizetti: Don Pasquale), Shchelkalov (Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov), Count Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Mozart: Così fan tutte), Marcello (Puccini: La bohème), Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lionel (Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans), God the Son, the Dealer in Oils, the Innkeeper (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Vladislav (Smetana: Dalibor). Since 2003 he had been a permanent guest of State Opera Prague, portraying the roles of Rudolfo, Colline (Leoncavallo: La bohème), the Hunter (Dvořák: Rusalka), Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème), Lescaut (Puccini: Manon Lescaut), Morales (Bizet: Carmen), the Theatre Director, the Gendarme (Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias, directed by P. L. Pizzi), the Clerk (Britten: Death in Venice). In 2010/11 season he became a member of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, appearing in the roles of Masetto, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, the Innkeeper, God the Son, the Dealer in Oils (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Morales, Belcore (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Paul (Glass: Les enfants terribles), Adolf (Dvořák: The Jacobin), Lord Mountjoy (Britten: Gloriana), Orfeo (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice), Father (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel) and Dandini (Rossini: La Cenerentola). He also performs at the National Theatre Brno. At concerts and opera performances he has sung under J. Bělohlávek, T. Netopil, O. Lenárd, O. Dohnányi and other renowned conductors.
Update: January 2016