After studying voice at the Conservatory in Pardubice under the tutelage of M. Stříteský, Jiří Hájek first attended the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (P. Mikuláš) and then the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (R. Tuček). While still a student, he attended international vocal courses led by A. Kucharský, M. Hajóssyová, S. Kopčák and N. Knipplová. In 2003 he won first prize in the Song category and second prize in Opera category at the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary. Since 2004, he has been a soloist of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, appearing in the roles of Harašta (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen), Morales, Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen), Malatesta (Donizetti: Don Pasquale), Shchelkalov (Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov), Count Almaviva (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Mozart: Così fan tutte), Marcello (Puccini: La bohème), Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lionel (Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans), God the Son, the Dealer in Oils, the Innkeeper (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Vladislav (Smetana: Dalibor). From 2003, he was a permanent guest of the State Opera Prague, portraying the roles of Rudolfo, Colline (Leoncavallo: La bohème), the Hunter (Dvořák: Rusalka), Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème), Lescaut (Puccini: Manon Lescaut), Morales (Carmen), the Theatre Director, the Gendarme (Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias, directed by P. L. Pizzi), the Clerk (Britten: Death in Venice). Since the 2010/11 season, he has been a member of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, appearing in the roles of Masetto, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, the Innkeeper, God the Son, the Dealer in Oils (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Morales, Belcore (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Paul (Glass: Les enfants terribles), Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen), Adolf (Dvořák: The Jacobin), Lord Mountjoy (Britten: Gloriana), Orfeo (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice), Father (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Dandini (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Ibn Hakia (Tchaikovsky: Iolanta). He has also performed at the National Theatre in Brno. At concerts and opera performances he has sung under the baton of J. Bělohlávek, T. Netopil, O. Lenárd, O. Dohnányi and other renowned conductors.
Update: September 2017