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Jan Šťáva

Guest of the National Theatre Opera Born in Brno, studied voice from an early age with his mother, the singing teacher and opera singer Zdeňka Rybecká. In 1999 he enrolled at the P. Křížkovský Grammar School in Brno in the class of Irena Vašíčková-Pollini. During his studies he won several voice competitions (Prague Singer, Dušek Competition, etc.). In 2006 he recorded his first CD - Antonín Dvořák Biblical Songs and Afro-American Spirituals. In 2007 he began studying at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno, in the class of Zdeněk Šmukař. Since 2003 he has performed as a guest at the JAMU Chamber Opera, portraying numerous roles, including Figaro and Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Peachum in Benjamin Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, the Priest in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, the Chief Miller in Jenufa, the Groom in Bohuslav Martinů’s The Spectre’s Bride, the Maestro in Salieri’s opera Prima la musica poi le parole, the titular role in Pauer’s The Garrulous Snail, Geronimo in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, etc. In 2007 he attended master classes led by the Argentinean tenor José Cura in Nancy, where he won the Grand Prix and was given the opportunity to work with the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy (Mozart’s Idomeneo in 2009 and Puccini’s La Rondine in 2012). As a guest artist, he has worked with the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc (the Mayor in Rossini’s La gazza ladra), and since the 2010/11 season also with the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, where he has appeared as Kecal in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Following two years of co-operation with the National Theatre Brno (singing such roles as Nikitich in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Father Youth in Martinů’s Juliette, etc.), in January 2010 he became a soloist of the Janáček Opera, where he has portrayed the King in Verdi’s Aida, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and the parts of Raphael and Adam in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung. He has also collaborated with the Ensemble Opera Diversa and is a founding member of the Wopera-sérija association. As a soloist, he has performed at concerts with the Czech Virtuosi, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and other orchestras. In May 2011, he debuted as Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the National Theatre Opera in the production of conductor Tomáš Netopil and stage director Joël Lauwers. He has sung also Mozart’s Figaro and Leporello, in Enchantia by Marko Ivanović Junketberry and Chief Cockatrice. Update: June 2012

Jan Šťáva appears in performances

SEASON 2014/2015

SEASON 2013/2014

Complete Ensemble of The National Theatre Opera