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Roman Janál

Guest of the National Theatre Opera. After graduating from violin play at the Plzeň conservatoire in 1985 he was accepted to the Academy of Performing Arts in Sofia. During his studies he had already been a guest at the State Opera in Sofia (Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, prince Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia) and performed at chamber festivals in Sofia. After a successful debut in the State Opera Prague as Guglielmo (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte) and Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia) he was offered an engagement as a soloist in 1995. Since 1995 he has been a professor of singing at the Prague conservatoire. Since 1997 he has been a soloist and permanent at the National Theatre Opera, where he has studied many roles from Czech and international repertoire here, for example Don Giovanni, Il Conte Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Pollux (Rameau: Castor et Pollux) – for this creation he was awarded the prestigious Thalie Award 1999 – Dottore Malatesta (Donizetti: Don Pasquale), Giorgio Germont (Verdi: La traviata), Silvio (Leoncavallo: Pagliacci), Sonora (Puccini: La fanciulla del West), Grégorio (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette), Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Smetana characters of Vok Vítkovic (The Devil’s Wall), Kalina (The Secret) and Tomeš (The Kiss), Martinů‘s Alexander (Alexander Biss) and Priest Fotis (The Greek Passion). In 1984, he started his co-operation with the Czech radio where he recorded several studio recordings and several CDs of operatic arias and lyrical cycles from authors from Romanticism as well as the 20th century. He regularly cooperates with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Under the baton of conductor Jiří Bělohlávek he performed with the BBC Orchestra in London the solo part from Martinů’s Field mass and The Openning of the Springs. The same pieces he also performed in Amsterdam with conductor Christopher Hogwood.Photo: Vlado Machal Update: March 2009

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