Guest of the Opera
Jiří Rajniš studied Dramatic Art at the Prague Conservatory and subsequently opera singing at the prestigious UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the class of Vladimir Chernov in Los Angeles. In the 2013/2014 season, he officially became the youngest Czech opera singer with a fest Engagement abroad, in Landestheater Coburg (Germany), where his recent roles include: Death (G. Holst: Savitri), Sylph, Grimbald´s Sylph, He, Aeolus ,Comus (H. Purcell: King Arthur), Freddy (F. Loewe: My Fair Lady), Marchese (G. Verdi: La Traviata), Second Nazarene (R. Strauss: Salome), Peter Besenbinder (E. Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Bariton (G. Mahler: Der Welt abhanden gekommen), Schaunard (G. Puccini: La Bohéme), Ford (O. Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor), Frédéric (L. Delibes: Lakmé), Aeneas (H. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas), Bertley (R. Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea) etc. He became the Absolute Winner of Prague Singer 2008 singing competition, and was also a semi-finalist in the international Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). He has appeared as a guest at the Musical Theater Karlin in Prague, the National Theatre Brno and has also worked with Children’s Opera Prague ect. His debut as the youngest Czech Don Giovanni abroad took place in Sommer Oper Bamberg 2013. In New York City he was engaged as the cover of Belcore in L´elisir d´amore by the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and he also participated in the Couch-Programme of the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed extensively on the concert platform in Germany and in the Prague Spring Festival, he collaborated also with the Bamberger Symphoniker (Bernstein: Peter Pan), etc.