Adam Zvonař

Adam Zvonař

First soloist of The Czech National Ballet

Biography

Born in Plzeň in 1989, at the tender age of three he began attending the ballet school within the local J. K. Tyl Theatre, and at the age of eleven he enrolled at the Prague Dance Conservatory. While still a student, he danced mainly solo roles, including the Prince in The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Jaroslav Slavický, and gained success in several dance competitions, e.g. in Brno in 2006 (third prize in the Junior category) and at the Prix Carpeux Valencien in France (second prize in the Pas de deux category and third prize in the Professional category). In 2008, he obtained a scholarship to study with Suzanne Farrell in Washington, D.C. He completed his Prague Dance Conservatory studies in 2009 with a graduation concert at which he performed the role of Frondoso in Laurencia and in Jiří Kylián’s Songs of a Wayfarer. In 2010, he and his partner Radka Příhodová won the Grand Prix Olomouc international ballet competition and received the Premium at the International Choreography Competition in Plzeň.

In 2009, Adam joined the Czech National Ballet in Prague, where in 2012 he was appointed a soloist. The numerous roles he portrayed there included Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Greve), the Bobbie/the Nutcracker in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (Vàmos), Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Jiřík in Goldilocks and Toník in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Kodet). He also appeared in Tchaikovsky – Pas de deux, Themes and Variations (Balanchine), Empty Title (Zuska) and other titles. 

From 2013 to 2016, he was engaged at the Bayerisches Staatsballet, where he performed a host of major roles, including Mercutio and Paris in Romeo and Juliet (Cranko), Gaston Rieux in The Lady of the Camellias and Graf Alexander in Illusionen – wie Schwanensee (Neumeier), the Golden Idol in La Bayadère (Bart), Conrad and Ali in Le Corsaire (Liška), and Lensky in Onegin (Cranko). Moreover, he danced in the choreographies Choreartium (Massine), Unitext (Siegal), Goldberg Variations, In the Night (Robbins), The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Neumeier), Les Biches (Nijinska), Le Sacre du printemps (Wigman), Once Upon (Kohler), Paquita (Ratmansky), Birthday Offering, La Fille mal gardée (Ashton), Passenger (Sandroni) and Symphony in C (Balanchine).  

In the 2017/18 season, Adam returned to the Czech National Ballet, where in 2018 he was named a first soloist. He has performed a number of major lead parts, including Solor in La Bayadère (Torres), the title role in Valmont (Vaculík), the Bobbie/the Nutcracker in The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol (Vàmos), and Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Ashton), Siegfried in Swan Lake (Cranko). He has also dazzled in contemporary ballet productions: Kylián – Bridges of Time / Bella Figura and Petite Mort (Kylián), Timeless / Serenade (Balanchine), Le Sacre du printemps (Tetley), Vertigo, Kafka: The Trial (Bigonzetti), and  Slavic Temper / Aspects (Kozielska).

With the Czech National Ballet, he has performed in Barcelona, Cagliari, Bonn, Madrid and Terasa, and toured South America. In 2018, he and Kristýna Němečková appeared at the prestigious Ballet Gala in Karlsruhe, where they also danced the duet Echoes from a Restless Soul (Godani). In the autumn of 2018, he and Nikola Márová performed the Pas de deux from La Bayadère within the Festival Internacional de Ballet de la Habana “Alicia Alonso”. 

In the 2015/16 season, Adam Zvonař won the Opera Plus Prize. He has received two nominations for the Czech Thalia Award (2012 and 2016), for his portrayals of Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty (Torres) and Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake (Greve).

Current roles