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Aleš Briscein

Aleš Briscein

Guest of the Opera

Biography

Aleš Briscein is a regular guest of the National Theatre and the State Opera, where he debuted in 1995 as Pang in Puccini’s Turandot. In 1999 he first appeared at the National Theatre as Vašek in Smetana‘s The Bartered Bride.

He studied clarinet and opera singing at the Prague Conservatory and later continued his studies at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň. On the National Theatre stages he has performed numerous roles of the Czech repertoire, e.g. Vašek and Jeník (The Bartered Bride), Jiří (Dvořák: The Jacobin), the Prince (Dvořák: Rusalka), Števa (Janáček: Jenůfa), Boris (Janáček: Káťa Kabanová) and Jaroměr (Fibich: The Fall of Arkun), as well as lead roles of the global repertoire, e.g. Alfredo (Verdi: La traviata), the title role in Wagner‘s Lohengrin, Lensky (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Nemorino (Donizetti: L’elisir d‘amore), Romeo (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette), and the Prince (Prokofiev: L'amour des trois oranges). At the Estates Theatre he has portrayed a number of Mozart roles, including Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte).

In 2003 he appeared in Massenet‘s Manon in Vancouver and Donizetti‘s Don Pasquale in Cyprus. Since 2004 he has collaborated with the Opéra national de Paris, where he has dazzled as Smetana‘s Jeník and also performed in Janáček‘s The Makropulos Affair and From the House of the Dead, Beethoven's Fidelio and Strauss‘s Ariadne auf Naxos, Der Rosenkavalier and Elektra. He appeared as the Prince (Rusalka) at the Wiener Volksoper and as Janek (The Makropulos Affair) and Andrei (Tchaikovsky: Mazepa) at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

He won the 2012 Thalia Prize for his portrayal of Romeo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. In 2014 he received the same award for the role of Jaroměr in Fibich‘s The Fall of Arkun in the National Theatre production.