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Jiří Hájek

Soloist of the National Theatre Opera. After studying voice at the Conservatory in Pardubice under the tutelage of Milan Stříteský, he first attended the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava (Peter Mikuláš) and then the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (René Tuček). During his studies he participated in international interpretational courses led by A. Kucharský, M. Hajóssyová, S. Kopčák and N. Knipplová. In 2003 he won 1st prize in the category of song and 2nd prize in the category of opera at the International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary. Since 2004 he has been a soloist of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, appearing in the roles of Harašta (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), Morales, Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen), Malatesta (Donizetti: Don Pasquale), Shchelkalov (Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov), Count Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte), Marcello (Puccini: La boheme), Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lionel (Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans), God the Son, the Dealer in Oils, the Innkeeper (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Vladislav (Smetana: Dalibor). Since 2003 he has been a permanent guest of State Opera Prague, portraying the roles of Rudolfo, Colline (Leoncavallo: La boheme), the Hunter (Dvořák: Rusalka), Schaunard (Puccini: La boheme), Lescaut (Puccini: Manon Lescaut), Morales (Bizet: Carmen), the Theatre Director, the Gendarme (Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias, directed by P. L. Pizzi), the Clerk (Britten: Death in Venice). Since 2008 he has been a permanent guest of the National Theatre Opera in Prague. In 2010/11 season he became a member of the company, appearing in the roles of Masetto and Don Giovanni (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Papageno (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Count Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte), the Innkeeper, God the Son, the Dealer in Oils (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Morales (Bizet: Carmen), Belcore (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Paul (Glass: Les Enfants Terribles), Adolf (Dvořák: The Jacobine), Lord Mountjoy (Britten: Gloriana) and Orfeo (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice). He also performs at the National Theatre in Brno. At concerts and opera performances he has sung under J. Bělohlávek, T. Netopil, O. Lenárd, O. Dohnányi and other renowned conductors. For more information, visit www.jirihajek.cz


Update: February 2013

Complete Ensemble of The National Theatre Opera