Guest of the Opera
Born in Slovakia, Štefan Margita began his international career as Kudrjash (Katya Kabanová) at the Grand Théâtre de Geneve; this part he sang highly successfully at Teatro alla Scala under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 2004 he returned to Geneva as Filka Morozov (Janáček: From the house of Dead). This part he sang 2007 conducted by Pierre Boulez and staged by Patrice Chéreau in a new production of Vienna Festwochen, in Amsterdam and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as well as 2008 in Baden-Baden. In the same part he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2009. The most important part in his career is certainly the part of Laca (Janáček: Jenůfa), which he sang highly acclaimed at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in Tel Aviv, Prague, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Liege, Montpellier, Gent, Antwerp, Oviedo as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival, at the Japanese Saito Kinen Festival conducted by Seiji Ozawa, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (conducter Sylvain Cambreling) as well as at Houston Grand Opera in 2004 conducted by Dennis Russell Davies and 2005 in Lyon. He had a huge success singing this part in concert performance with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Another new production Jenůfa was scheduled at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2009. During the past few years Štefan Margita sang more and more parts of the German repertoire: Tambourmajor (Berg: Wozzeck) conducted by James Conlon and Jeffrey Tate in Paris, conducted by Daniele Gatti in Rome and conducted by Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. 2005 he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in the part of Walther von der Vogelweide (Wagner: Tannhäuser) conducted by Tate, in May 2006 he sang for the first time Froh (Wagner: Das Rheingold) in Lisbon. 2007 he sang Tambourmajor in Lisbon and Walther von der Wogelweide in San Francisco, 2008 he made his debut in the part of Loge (Das Rheingold) in San Francisco conducted by Donald Runnicles. Štefan Margita was heard at the festivals of Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Bregenz and Edinburgh as well as in the opera houses and concert halls of Stuttgart, Leipzig, Trieste, Dallas, London, Madrid, Milano, Torino, Bergamo, Wien, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Basel, Paris, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Napoli under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Aldo Ceccato, Lamberto Gardelli, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Janos Kulka, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Neschling, Antonio Pappano, Zoltan Pesko and others.