Guest of the Opera
Richard Haan studied singing privately with René Tuček and with Jitka Švábová, apart from which he attended an extramural course at the International Vocal Studio in Sofia, where he was trained by Ilia Yosifov. He obtained his first engagement as a soloist at the opera house of Ústí nad Labem, where he debuted as Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen). This was followed by an engagement with the Olomouc opera company, from where he came to the Janáček Opera in Brno. There, as a member of the National Theatre Brno, he found his home stage to which he remained faithful through most of the next two decades. Beyond that, he spent several seasons with the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. He has guest appeared in numerous opera houses and concert venues in Europa (Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg, Paris, Madrid, Luxembourg, Gent, Amsterdam, Budapest, Palermo, Edinburgh, Monte Carlo), as well as in Israel, Venezuela, Japan, and USA. His repertoire encompasses over 120 baritone roles, including most notably Porgy (Gershwin: Porgy and Bess), Scarpia (Puccini: Tosca), Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra and Iago (Otello), Wagner’s The Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) and Telramund (Lohengrin) or Jochanaan (R. Strauss: Salome). His creation of Sebastian (Eugen d'Albert: Tiefland), at the National Theatre Brno, earned him the 2010 Thalia Award.