Soloist of the Opera
Pavel Švingr studied at the Academy of Music in Prague (with Ivan Kusnjer) and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. While still a student, he performed as Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. He has garnered numerous accolades at Czech and international competitions, including first prize at the Bohuslav Martinů Song Competition in Prague, second prize in the Junior category at the 2009 Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary, and first prize at the 2011 Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg international competition in Berlin for his portrayal of the Water Sprite in Dvořák’s Rusalka. In 2009, he appeared at the State Opera Prague as the Waiter and the Boatman in Yoishi Oida’s famed production of Britten’s Death in Venice. In 2010, he debuted at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, in the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; in January 2012, he made a successful debut at the National Theatre in Prague, performing in the world premiere of Marko Ivanović’s opera Enchantia, and first appeared at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec (the Hermit in Weber’s Der Freischütz). Subsequently, he collaborated with the South Bohemia Theatre, performing at the Český Krumlov Opera Festival (Verdi: Rigoletto), and the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň (Smetana: The Secret). In 2013, he debuted at the Zomeropera Alden Biesen festival in Belgium (Verdi: Rigoletto). From 2013 to 2015, he was engaged at the North Bohemia Theatre in Ústí nad Labem. Since the 2014/15 season, he has been a soloist of Prague’s National Theatre Opera, where he has performed Bertrand (Tchaikovsky: Iolanta), Masetto (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Alidoro (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Majordomo and Mathieu (Giordano: Andrea Chénier), Zuniga (Bizet: Carmen), etc. Pavel Švingr has also regularly appeared at concerts, with his core repertoire including Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Jan Hanuš’s unique song cycle Wooden Christ.