Guest of the Opera
Richard Samek was born in Třebíč. He graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno under the tutelage of Anna Barová. After completing his studies, he studied privately with Natalie Romanova. He is a laureate of several international competitions including the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition and the M. S. Trnavský Vocal Competition. In 2006, he made his debut in the National Theatre Brno starring as Faust (Boito: Mefistofele). In Brno he created many other roles such as Pierre Bezukhov (Prokofiev: War and Peace), Ismaele (Nabucco), Barinkay and Alfred (J. Strauss: The Gipsy Baron and The Bat) and the Prince (Rusalka). In the National Theatre in Prague he has performed as Rodolfo (La bohème), Ismaele (Nabucco), Cassio (Otello), the Prince (Rusalka), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ladislav (The Two Widows) and others. From 2007 till 2012, he in permanent engagement with the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň where he sang the roles of the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Jeník (The Bartered Bride), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Vít (The Secret), Gounod‘s Faust and recently Max (Der Freischütz). At the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec he created Alfredo (La traviata), Jeník (The Bartered Bride), the Prince (Rusalka), and at the National Theatre Moravian-Silesian in Ostrava he appeared as Kudryash (Katya Kabanova) and Jeník (The Bartered Bride). He guest appeared as Števa (Jenůfa) in Rennes, Limoges and Reims. At the Theatre Magdeburg he sang Don Manuel (Fibich: The Bride of Messina) and he created the title role in Smetana’s Dalibor in London Barbican Hall, with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. Since 2010 he has been a permanent guest in the Staatsoperette Dresden, where he has performed as Barinkay, the Duke of Urbino (J. Strauss: Eine Nacht in Venedig), Jeník (The Bartered Bride) and Lehár’s Graf von Luxemburg and Zarewitsch. A dedicated concert artist, Richard Samek has sung at the Czech Republic as well abroad.
Update: January 2016