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. He has guest appeared at La Scala in Milan, Opera Vlaanderen, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Berlin State Opera, Teatro Municipal in Santiago,) in Cologne, Vienna State Opera or Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. In Prague National Theatre he has created Water Goblin (Rusalka), Philip II and the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele.
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.