Soloist of the Opera
The bass singer Oleg Korotkov comes from Russia, where he studied singing at the Academy of Music in Moscow (1989). He attained laureate awards at many international vocal competitions – he was the winner of the Antonín Dvořák Competition in Karlovy Vary (1990), he gained 3rd place in the M. Schneider-Trnavský Competition in Trnava (1994), 2nd place in the Hommage à Lucia Popp contest in Bratislava and first prize in the Ema Destinnová Competition in České Budějovice. He began his career in Perm and Yekaterinburg only to become in 1991 a soloist in the East Slovak National theatre in Košice. From 1999 to 2011 he was a soloist of the Prague State Opera, since January 2012 he has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. At the Prague State Opera he has created many characters, in particular in romantic operas, such as Verdi's Ramfis (Aida), Zaccaria (Nabucco), and Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Puccini's Uncle Bonze (Madama Butterfly) and Timur (Turandot), Claudius in Thomas’s Hamlet and Bertram in Meyerbeer’s opera Robert le Diable. At the National Theatre Opera in Prague he has performed roles of the Father in Glass opera La Belle et la Bête, Priest Grigoris in the Greek Passion by Bohuslav Martinů and Ashby in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. His repertoire also includes Mozart's Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Verdi's Philip II and the Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos), and Guardiano (La forza del destino), Basilio (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dulcamara (Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), Varlaam, Pimen and the title roles (Musorgsky: Boris Godunov), Gremin (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Herman von Thüringen (Tannhäuser). He has sung in opera houses in Germany, Austria, France, Japan and Poland, and cooperated woth such eminent conductors like Jiří Bělohlávek, Ondrej Lenárd, Gerd Albrecht, Evgeny Kolobov or Valery Gergiev.