Guest of the Opera
The Slovak bass Peter Mikuláš graduated from singing studies at the Academy of Music in Bratislava under Viktória Stracenská. He is holder of awards from international vocal competitions of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary (1978), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Moscow (1982) and Miriam Helin in Helsinki (1984). Since 1978 he has been a resident soloist with the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava where he has performed in dozens of operatic roles. He has been a regular guest in the National Theatre in Prague and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. His frequent opera engamements abroad include the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Dr Kolenatý in Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair), Berlin State Opera or Teatro dell'Opera in Roma. During his career he has built an extensive opera repertoire including Verdi’s Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Philip II (Don Carlo), Zaccharia (Nabucco) and Falstaff, Mefisto (Boito: Mefistofele, Gounod: Faust), Leporello (Mozart: Don Giovanni), or Gremin (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin). Peter Mikuláš gives regular concerts with the Czech and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Philharmoniker, RTV Madrid and Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Among many festivals he has attended there are the International Music Festival Prague Spring, Salzburger Festspiele and BBC Proms Festival in London. He has given concerts in the Wiener Musikverein, Royal Albert Hall in London, Gewandhaus Leipzig or Accademia di Santa Cecilia Roma. He cooperates with a number of outstanding conductors, such as Gerd Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Aldo Ceccato, Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Theodor Guschlbauer, Libor Pešek, Simon Rattle or Helmuth Rilling. His extensive discography (more than fifty recordings) include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Verdi’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Requiem and Stabat Mater.