Martin ŠrejmaSoloist of the Opera
Tenor Martin Šrejma graduated from the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Professor J. Kotouč. He became a laureate of the International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary in 2002 and 2004, where he also won the Prague National Theatre Award. In 2004 he studied with L. Bizzi and E. Furlotti at the Arrigo Boito Conservatoire Parma, Italy, and took part in master classes of M. Freni in Italy (2009) and T. Krause (2011). In 2005, he became a soloist of the Prague State Opera and in 2012 of the National Theatre Opera in Prague. In Prague opera houses he has created Mozart’s Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Rossini’s Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Verdi’s the Duke (Rigoletto), Dr. Cajus (Falstaff), Cassio (Otello), Macduff (Macbeth), Ismael (Nabucco) and Alfredo (La traviata), Wagner’s Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer) and Walther von der Vogelweide (Wagner: Tannhäuser), Puccini’s Edmondo (Manon Lescaut) and Pong (Turandot), Edgardo (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), Smetana’s Jeník (The Bartered Bride) and Vítek (Dalibor), Jirka (Dvořák: The Devil and Kate), Lord Essex (Britten: Gloriana), Witch (Humerdick: Hänsel und Gretel), Romeo (Gounod: Romeo et Juliette), Mazal, Blankytný, Petřík (Janáček: The Excursions of Mr. Brouček), Prince (Prokofiev: L’amour des trois oranges), and Sou Chong (Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns). He has guest appeared at the National Theatre Brno, the Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (Lindoro in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, Conte d´Albafiorita (Martinů: Mirandolina and other roles), at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec (Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore), at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň and on the revolving open-air stage at Český Krumlov (the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto). During the 2003/2004 season he joined a Swiss Opera Company on a tour through Germany and Switzerland, where he sang Alfred (Strauss: Die Fledermaus). In 2005 he sang in Canada on a tour with the Toronto Philharmonic led by K. Stratton. In 2006, he performed Pollione (Bellini: Norma) in Spain. In 2009 he created Jeník (Smetana: The Bartered Bride) in the Netherlands, in 2011, he appeared at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Michelis (Martinů: The Greek Passion). He has frequently toured Japan: with the Prague State Opera as Alfredo (2007) and Spoletta (2011), and with the National Theatre Opera as Tamino and Basilio (2013). He also regularly appears as soloist for oratorios and cantatas (Händel: Samson and The Messiah; Bononcini: Astarto; Mozart: Requiem, Davide penitente; Haydn: Die Schöpfung, Bach: Weihnachts-Oratorium, Mendelssohn: Lobgesang – at the Prague Spring Festival 2012, etc.).