Adam Plachetka is a regular guest of the National Theatre and the State Opera. He made his debut in 2005, at the historic building in the role of Mícha in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, and on the stage of the State Opera as Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.
He graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts. At the National Theatre he has performed the Mozart characters of Don Giovanni, Figaro and the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Nardo (La finta giardiniera) and Publio (La clemenza di Tito), as well as Argante (Handel: Rinaldo), Přemysl (Smetana: Libuše), Vladislav (Smetana: Dalibor) and Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia). In September 2010, he became a permanent member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble. Since his debut as Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème), he has appeared there as Melisso (Handel: Alcina) and in the Mozart roles of Don Giovanni, Figaro, the Count, Guglielmo and Publio. From the bel canto repertoire, noteworthy are his Dulcamara and Malatesta from Donizetti's L‘elisir d‘amore and Don Pasquale, Mustafa (Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri) and Alidoro (Rossini: La Cenerentola), as well as Verdi's Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) and Bellini's Riccardo (I puritani). His engagements include the Salzburg Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Royal Opera House in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Opéra Comédie Montpellier, Glyndebourne Festival, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper in Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago and Metropolitan Opera in New York.
He has won numerous competitions, including the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition. He has made recordings for Arte, Arthaus Musik, Deutsche Grammophon, Mezzo, Naxos, Orfeo, Czech Radio and Supraphon.
Photo: Pavel Hejný