Soloist of the Opera
Tenor Richard Samek was born in Třebíč, western Moravia. He studied opera voice with Anna Barová at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, and after graduation furthered his training privately, with Natalia Romanová. He has received numerous awards from international competitions, including the Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary and Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International Voice Competition in Trnava. In 2006, he made his debut at the National Theatre in Brno, as Faust (Boito: Mefistofele), subsequently creating on the same stage the roles of Pierre Bezukhov (Prokofiev, War and Peace), Ismael (Verdi: Nabucco) or the Prince (Dvořák: Rusalka). From 2006 to 2011 he was soloist of the Prague State Opera, where he has added to his repertoire various parts in the company’s productions of Bernstein’s opera Candide (Governor-Vanderdendur-Ragotski), Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Edmondo), Verdi’s Otello (Cassio), and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Arturo), as well as appearing in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Puccini’s Turandot (Pang), Verdi’s Nabucco (Ismael), and Puccini’s La bohème (Rodolfo). Since January 2012 he has been soloist of the Czech National Opera where he has guest appeared since 2008. From 2007 to 2012, he coupled this engagement with that of soloist at the J.K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, where he sings the roles of the Duke (Verdi: Rigoletto), Tamino (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), the Prince (Dvořák: Rusalka), Rodolfo (Puccini: La bohème), Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Rinuccio (Puccini: Gianni Schicchi), and in January 2013 he added the title role of Gounod’s Faust. Since 2010 he has been permanent guest of the Staatsoperette Dresden, where he has created the title roles of Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron, and Lehár’s Der Graf von Luxemburg. In 2011 and 2012, he sang Števa (Janáček: Jenůfa) in the French opera houses of Rennes, Limoges, and Reims.
A dedicated concert artist, Richard Samek has cooperated with major orchestras (Czech and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestras, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra), his commitments have included among others the tenor part in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in 2010 (Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrůša). He has been invited to prestigious international music festivals (Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Prague Dvořák Festival, Prague Autumn, Janáček Festival in Hukvaldy, Smetana‘s Litomyšl and others).
Update: February 2013