Guest of the Opera
Richard Samek was born in Třebíč. He graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied opera performance under Professor Anna Barová. After completing his studies, he studied privately with Natalie Romanova. He is a laureate of several international competitions, for instance the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition, and the M. S. Trnavský vocal competition. In 2006, he made his debut in the National Theatre in Brno starring as Faust in A. Boito’s Mefistofeles. In the following years he performed in many roles - Pierre Bezukhov (S. Prokofiev: War and Peace), Ismaele (G. Verdi: Nabucco), Barinkay (J. Strauss: The Gipsy Baron), Alfred (J. Strauss: The Bat) and the Prince (A. Dvořák: Rusalka). In the National Theatre in Prague he has performed as Rodolfo (G. Puccini: La Bohème), Ismaele (Nabucco), Cassio (G. Verdi: Otello), the Prince (Rusalka), Belmonte (W. A. Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) and Ladislav (B. Smetana: The Two Widows). From 2007 till 2012, he was in permanent engagement with the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen where he sung as the Duke of Mantua (G. Verdi: Rigoletto), Jeník (B. Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Nemorino (G. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Vít (B. Smetana: The Secret) and Faust (C. Gounod: Faust). In 2011 and 2012 he gave guest performances as Števa (L. Janáče: Jenůfa) in the French production in theatres in Rennes Limoges and Reims. Since the season 2014/15 he has been giving guest performances as Don Manuel in Z. Fibich’s The Bride of Messina in the Theatre Magdeburg. In 2015 he sung Dalibor (B. Smetana: Dalibor) in London Barbican Hall, with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. Since 2010 he also has been a permanent guest in the Staatsoperette Dresden. He performed as Barinkay, Graf von Luxemburg (F. Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg), the Duke of Urbino (J. Strauss II.: Eine Nacht in Venedig), Hans (B. Smetana: The Bartered Bride) and Zarewitsch (F. Lehár: Der Zarewitsch). Richard Samek cooperates with leading chamber and symphonic orchestras – Slovak Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The BBC London Symphony Orchestra. He has been singing under the baton of many famous conductors - J. Bělohlávek, T. Brauner, E. Dovico, F. Drs, P. Ch. Feigel, P. Feranec, H. M. Forster, Ch. Garbosnik, R. Hein, J. Hrůša, R. Jindra, J. Klecker, J. Kyzlink, A. Markovič, Z. Müller, T. Netopil, O. Olos, I. Pařík, J. Petrdlik, L. Svárovský, P. Šnajdr, D. Švec, J. Štrunc, J. Štych, E. Theis, R. Válek, K. Zehnder. He has been performing in productions of various famous directors - R. Alfoldi, J. Burian, P. Constant, O. Havelka, J. Heřman, M. Huba, J. Kališova, V. Morávek, A. Nekovar, J. Novák, M. Oldag, M. Otava, R. Schaller, L. Štros, J. Štych jr., Z. Troška,V. Věžník. Richard Samek also regularly cooperates with many significant international music festivals – Dvořák Prague, Spilberg Festival, Znojmo Music Festival, Janáček Hukvaldy, Moravian Autumn, Prague Spring, Smetana‘s Litomyšl Festival, St. Wenceslas Music Festival, and many others.
Update: May 2015