Guest of the Opera
Baritone Jakub Kettner graduated from the Conservatoire in Pardubice and the Academy of Music in Prague under the tutelage of René Tuček in 1999. In 1997 he won a scholarship to study at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, where he was tutored by Gottfried Hornik, soloist of the Vienna State Opera. He joined the Opera Mozart in Prague while still a student at the Academy. Since 1996, he regularly guest-performed at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec; in 1999–2001 he was engaged here permanently. From 2001 to 2012 he was soloist of the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc, since June 2012 he has been soloist of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. In 2003, Jakub Kettner guest appeared for the first time at the National Theatre in Prague (P. Glass: The Beauty and Beast). In 2006 he began to cooperate regularly with the Prague State Opera (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; Amonasro in Aida; Sancho Panza in Massenet’s Don Quichotte; Scarpia in Tosca; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco). At the J. K. Tyl’s Theatre in Plzeň he has created Figaro (Il barbiere in Siviglia) and at the Silesian Theatre in Opava he has sung Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor). He has also guest appeared at the National Theatre Brno and at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and has performed in Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland. Together with the Prague State Opera, he performed on tours of Japan (2009, Amonasro in Aida and 2011, Scarpia in Tosca), and with the Silesian Theatre in Opava, he created Enrico in Lucia di Lammermour at Malta (2010). His most recent roles at the the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava include Escamillo (Carmen), Přemysl (Janáček: Šárka), Théseus (Martinů: Ariadna), Albert (Massenet: Werther), De Siriex (Giordano: Fedora), Vincenzo Gellner (Catalani: La Wally), Nabucco,Telramund (Lohengrin), Carlo Gérard (Giordano: Andrea Chénier) or Lord Guglielmo Cecil (Donizetti: Maria Stuarda). In 2009, he was in the broader nomination of Thalia Award, for his role of Sanzo Panza (Don Quichotte) at the Prague State Opera. In 2011, he was awarded with LIBUŠKA Award (an honorary award of the OPERA 2011 Festival), for his role of Escamillo (Carmen) at the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc. A dedicated concert artist, Jakub Kettner has cooperated with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, Bohuslav Martinů Symphony Orchestra in Zlín and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. With the Prague Symphony orchestra conducted by Jiří Kout he has performed in Orff’s Carmina Burana.