Guest of the Opera
Born in Slovakia, Štefan Kocán celebrates successes on major stages all over the world. He studied voice at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava and continued his studies at the Vienna Conservatory under the tutelage of Yevgeny Nesterenko. He was a member of the Landestheater Linz (2002–2006) and of Basle Opera (2006–2008, where his roles included Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Philip II (Don Carlo), Méphistophélès (Faust) and King (L’Amour des trois oranges). Engagements elsewhere include King and Ramfis (Aida), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Ferrando (Il trovatore), the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and Konchak (Prince Igor) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Masetto (Don Giovanni), Banquo (Macbeth) and the Grand Inquisitor and Philip II (Don Carlo) for La Scala, Milan; Duke Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and Leporello (Don Giovanni) for Opera Vlaanderen; the Commendatore, Osmin and Zaccaria (Nabucco) for Bavarian State Opera in Munich; Masetto for Berlin State Opera; the title role of Attila for Teatro Municipal, Santiago; Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) in Cologne; Banquo, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino), the Commendatore and Sarastro for Vienna State Opera or Water Goblin (Rusalka), Philip II and the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele in Prague National Theatre. In May 2016, he makes his Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as the Watcher (Enescu: Oedipe). Štefan Kocán’s concert repertory includes Mozart’s, Dvořák’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Stabat mater, Biblical Songs and Gypsy Songs, Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 and Musorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. He regularly appears in concerts and opera galas in the Czech Republic and internationally, and has broadcast on Slovak television.
Update: January 2016