Guest of the Opera
Svatopluk Sem studied voice at the Conservatory in České Budějovice under the tutelage of Dagmar Volfová. While still a student, he collaborated with the South Bohemia Theatre in České Budějovice, where in 1998 he was engaged. In 2007 he debuted on the stage of State Opera Prague as Giorgio Germont (La traviata). From 2009 to 2011 he was a State Opera Prague soloist and extended his repertoire on this stage by the roles of Figaro (II barbiere di Siviglia), Marcello (La bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Escamillo (Carmen), Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and Count Luna (Il trovatore). He was included for the wider nomination for the Thalia Awards: for his creation of Figaro (2007), Marcello (2009 and 2010) and Kalina in The Secret (2012). In 2009, he debuted at the National Theatre in Prague as the Devil (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary). He has guest appeared on this stage as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Don Giovanni, Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Klingsor (Parsifal), Bohuš (The Jacobin), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), Father (Hänsel und Gretel), Gamekeeper (The Cunning Little Vixen), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Carlo Gérard (Giordano: Andrea Chénier). He has also regularly performed at the National Theatre Brno (Figaro, Don Giovanni), at the Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (Marcello, Escamillo, Jaroslav Prus in The Makropulos Case, Gellner in La Wally or the King's Herald in Lohengrin), and at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň (Kalina in The Secret and Valentin in Faust). He has also cooperated on a recording of The Bartered Bride (the role of Krušina) together with the BBC Symphony conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek (French label Harmonia Mundi). A dedicated concert artist, Svatopluk Sem has sung at the Czech Republic as well abroad, in Japan, Denmark, South Korea, Austria, Spain, Germany, Russia or England. He has often guest appeared at the prestigious international festivals such as Prague Spring, Dvořák Prague, Smetana’s Litomyšl and Český Krumlov.
Update: January 2016