Soloist of the Opera
The bass Jiří Sulženko is one of the leading interpreters of opera and concert music in the Czech Republic and has achieved enormous success on European and world stages. He studied singing at Prague’s conservatoire. Following his artistic beginnings in Olomouc and Brno, between 1991 and 2000 he was a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague. Since 2012/2013 he has been again a soloist of the Czech National Opera. Since 2008 he has been also a member of the Saarlandisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken opera company and he also makes regular guest appearances at the Brno National Theatre. His flagship roles include Leporello, Papageno, Figaro, Kecal (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Gamekeeper (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), Zaccaria, Scarpia, Bartolo, and others. He has made a number of international appearances in many roles, for instance as Leporello, Figaro, and Papageno on the Prague National Theatre’s tour of Japan, as Leporello in Göteborg under conductor Arnold Östman, as Kecal in Monte Carlo under conductor Zdeněk Mácal, as Gamekeeper in Luxembourg and at the Athens Summer Festival, as Ramphis in open-air productions of Aida in Vienna, Munich, Hannover, as Stárek (the Mill Forman) in Janáček’s Jenůfa in Salzburg, as Prison Governor in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at Opéra Bastille in Paris, Teatro Real Madrid and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He performed in the quadruple role of Lindorf, Coppélius, Dapertutto, Miracle in Les contes d’Hoffmann on a tour of Spain. Further appearances in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead under Pierre Boulez took him to the Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival in Amsterdam, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In concert, he has performed in a number of countries in Europe, in the USA, Japan, Brasil and Australia, working with local and international orchestras and conductors. The singer’s most significant appearances have included festivals such as the Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Brucknerfest in Linz, Ravenna Festival, Edinburgh, Le Mans, Perth with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, in the USA with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, in Japan with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The bass has worked with a number of world-renowned conductors, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Zoltán Pesco, Zdeněk Košler, Bohumil Gregor, Václav Neumann, Zdeněk Mácal, Ondrej Lenárd, Aldo Cecccato, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Leopold Hager, Jiří Bělohlávek, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and with record labels such as Supraphon, Orfeo, Discover, and Ultraphon.