Guest of the Opera
Tenor Štefan Margita (born on 3 August 1956 in Košice) has performed in the most prestigious opera houses in the world, such as La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Paris National Opera Bastille as well as in San Francisco, Chicago, Turin, Madrid, Tokyo, Brussels, Lyon, Naples and Dallas. He became world-renowned and gained recognition from critics and audience mainly for his performance in Janáček’s operas Káťa Kabanová, From the House of the Dead and Destiny, the role of Tambourmajor in Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, as Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd, as Loge in Wagner’s Der Rhinegold and Prince Shuysky in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Expanding his repertoire, Margita made his first appearance in the title role of Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg in Hans Werner Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg at the Stuttgart State Opera in March 2019. In 2020 he will return to the stage of the New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Tichon in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová. He established his international career singing the role of Váňa Kudrjáš in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová in Grand Théâtre de Genève.
He has worked with conductors, such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Jiří Bělohlávek, Zdeněk Košler, Semjon Byčkov, Sylvain Cambreling, Seiji Ozawa, Kirill Petrenko, Aldo Ceccato, Antonio Pappano and Zoltán Peskó. Margita’s concert repertoire comprises mainly songs and arias by Tchaikovski, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Mahler, Bartók a Gershwin.
His crossover albums Melancholie and X MAS have been highly successful and have been awarded Platinium and Gold disc of Supraphon record label. In May 2018, Supraphon released Margita’s third crossover album called Mapa lásky which is the tenor’s unexpected visit to the world of chanson and presents his duets with Hana Zagorová, Miro Žbirka, Zlata Adamovská and Hana Hegerová. Margita’s duet Mapa lásky with the queen of Czech chanson Hana Hegerová is the first virtual duet in the history of Czech popular music.