Soloist of the Opera
Tenor Martin Šrejma graduated from the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Professor Jiří Kotouč. He became a laureate of the International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary in 2002 and 2004, where he also won the Prague National Theatre Award. In 2004 he studied with Lucetta Bizzi and Eugenio Furlotti at the Arrigo Boito Conservatoire Parma, Italy, and took part in master classes of Mirella Freni in Italy (2009) and Tom Krause (2011). In 2005, Martin Šrejma became a soloist of the Prague State Opera where he created Alfredo in La traviata, Edgardo (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), Mozart’s Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Almaviva (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Verdi’s the Duke (Rigoletto) and Cassio (Otello), Puccini’s Edmondo (Manon Lescaut) and Pong (Turandot), Steuermann (Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer) and also Sou Chong (Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns). Since January 2012 he has been a soloist of the Prague National Theatre Opera, where he had previously guest appeared as Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Mozart’s Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Dr. Cajus (Verdi: Falstaff), to which he has added Lord Essex (Britten: Gloriana), Mozart's Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Jirka (Dvořák: The Devil and Kate), and Walther von der Vogelweide (Wagner: Tannhäuser). He has guest appeared at the National Theatre Brno, the Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (Lindoro in Rossini’s L'italiana in Algeri, Conte d´Albafiorita in Martinů's Mirandolina and other roles), at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec (Nemorino in Donizetti’ s L’elisir d’amore), at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň and on the revolving open-air stage at Český Krumlov (the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto). Martin Šrejma has often performed abroad. During the 2003/2004 season he joined a Swiss Opera Company on a tour through Germany and Switzerland, where he sang Alfred (Strauss: Die Fledermaus). In spring 2005 he sang in Canada on a tour with the Toronto Philharmonic led by Kerry Stratton. In 2006, he performed Pollione (Bellini: Norma) in Spain. In 2009 he created Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride) in the Netherlands, in 2011, he guest appeared at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Michelis (Martinů: The Greek Passion). He has also sung at the State Theatre Košice and has frequently toured Japan: with the Prague State Opera as Alfredo in La traviata (2007) and Spoletta in Puccini’s Tosca (2011), and with the National Theatre Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte a Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro (2013). He also regularly appears as soloist for oratorios and cantatas (Händel: Rinaldo, Alcina, Samson and The Messiah; Bononcini: Astarto; Mozart: Requiem, Davide penitente; Haydn: Die Schöpfung, Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, Mendelssohn: Lobgesang – at the Prague Spring Festival 2012, etc.).
Updated: February 2014