Soloist of the Opera
Roman Vocel graduated from Prague Conservatoire. In 1995, he became soloist of the Prague State Opera, since January 2012 he has been soloist of the National Theatre in Prague. He has also guest appeared at the Opera Mozart, J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, North Bohemian Theatre Ústí nad Labem, F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec and Janáček Opera in Brno. He has also to his credit several appearances at the Opera Ireland in Dublin (Il Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni) and at the Opéra de Marseille (Nicolae Bretan: Golem et Arald). A dedicated concert artist, Roman Vocel has impressive concert and oratorio repertoire including among many other parts solos in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Bohuslav Martinů’s Gilgamesh, Dvořák’s Requiem, Stabat Mater and Te Deum, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C major, Bach St. John Passion etc. He has performed at the festivals (Prague Spring, IMF Český Krumlov) and many concert hall, working with major orchestras such as Prague Symphony orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, Capella Istropolitana, Czech Collegium Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Marseille, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Gunma Symphony Orchestra in Japan, and with distinguished conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jiří Bělohlávek, Douglas Bostock, Bohumil Gregor, Tomáš Netopil, Ondrej Lenárd, and Charles Olivieri-Munroe. Roman Vocel has often performed in Spain or Japan and he sang at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. He has been featured on several recordings, including Mozart‘s Requiem, Alexander Goldscheider‘s Requiem, Bohuslav Martinů’s The Opening of the Springs and Legend of the Smoke from Potato Fires. For Czech Radio he has recorded songs by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Karel Bendl and Václav Jan Tomášek.
Updated: September 2014