Guest of the Opera
Jiří Rajniš is a member of the Junge Ensamble of the Semperoper Dresden for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, where his recent roles are: Schaunard in La bohème, Morales in Carmen, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, 1st Priest in Die Zauberflöte and Trojan Soldier / A Greek chieftain in Les Troyens. Since 2013/2014 until 2016/2017 season, he was and officially became the youngest Czech opera singer in a fest engagement abroad, in Landestheater Coburg (Germany), where his roles included: Death (Holst: Savitri), Sylph, Grimbald, He, Aeolus, Comus (Purcell: King Arthur), Freddy (Loewe: My Fair Lady), Marchese (Verdi: La traviata), Second Nazarene (R. Strauss: Salome), Peter (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème), Ford (Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor), Frédéric (Delibes: Lakmé), Aeneas (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas), Bertley (R. Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea), Baritone/Mahler (Mahler: Der Welt abhanden gekommen),Don Fernando (Beethoven: Fidelio), Harašta (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), Amfortas (Wagner: Parsifal), Count Almavia (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), etc. Jiří Rajniš studied Dramatic Art at the Prague Conservatory and subsequently opera singing at the prestigious UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the class of Vladimir Chernov in Los Angeles. He became the Absolute Winner of Prague Singer 2008 singing competition, and was also a semi-finalist in the international Antonín Dvořák Competition Karlovy Vary 2008 (Carlsbad). He has appeared as a guest at the Musical Theater Karlin in Prague - (Polenblut, Die Csárdásfürstin), the National Theatre Brno - (Rusalka), J.K.Tyl Theatre in Plzeň - (Eugene Onegin), and has also worked with Children's Opera Prague, Prague Chamber Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia - tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France), Virtuosi di Praga, etc. His debut as the youngest Czech Don Giovanni abroad took place in Sommer Oper Bamberg 2013. In New York City he was engaged as the cover of Belcore in L'elisir d'amore by the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and he also participed in the Couch-Programme of the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed extensively on the concert platform in Germany, he collaborated also with the Bamberger Symphoniker (Bernstein: Peter Pan), etc. In the National Theatre in Prague he made his debut in Orff's Die Kluge and Der Mond (2016/2017). Since June 2018 he has performed at the National Theatre Opera as Albert (Massenet: Werther).