Jan JežekGuest of the Opera
Tenor Jan Ježek is a regular guest of the National Theatre Opera. He made his debut at the National Theatre in Prague in 1989 as Toník in Smetana‘s opera Two Widows.
He graduated from the music and drama department of the State Conservatory in Prague. After a nearly ten-year engagement in the operetta company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, he accepted an offer from the Prague Karlín Musical Theatre. In 1991 he became a member of the Prague National Theatre Opera and after the division of the company he became a soloist of the Prague State Opera. During his three-year engagement there, he appeared as Cassio (Verdi: Otello), Laerte (Thomas: Mignon), Walther (Wagner: Tannhäuser), Franz and Cochenille (Offenbach: Les contes d‘Hoffmann) and Števa (Janáček: Jenůfa). Later, he appeared as a guest in the roles of Mozart‘s Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Monostato (Die Zauberflöte), Shuisky (Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov), Tikhon (Janáček: Katya Kabanova), Arturo (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), Goro (Puccini: Madama Butterfly) or as Eisenstein in the operetta by J. Strauss Jr. Die Fledermaus. In 1992 he was given the opportunity to play the role of Jean Valjean in the Prague production of Les Misérables, and in 2003-07 in a new production of this successful work. On the stage of the National Theatre in Prague, he has guest-starred as Baruch in the world premiere of Peter Eben‘s opera Jeremias and as Števa, Alfredo (Verdi: La traviata), Remendado (Bizet: Carmen), Smetana‘s Vítek (Dalibor) and Ringmaster (The Bartered Bride), Benda (Dvořák: The Jacobin), Hajný (Dvořák: Rusalka) and Hauk-Šendorf in Janáček's The Makropulos Affair. In 1988 and 1989 he won the Literary Fund Prize, was the winner of the Lehár Komárno Singing Competition and in the operetta – musical category he received the prestigious Thalia Award 1999.