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Miroslav Švejda


Miroslav Švejda studied singing privately with professors Řezníčková, Šrubař and with Campogalliani at Academia Chigiana in Sienna. He was a member of the National Theatre opera ensemble since 1969 and he concurrently performed as a soloist of The Prague Philharmonic Choir. He refined his lyrical tenor mainly on Italian music and soon he worked out to a wide repertoire which has included significant roles of the world and Czech opera literature, starting with baroque and classical works including pieces from 19th and 20th century and contemporary works. On the stage of The National Theatre he created almost all roles in Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček’s operas, in works by Bohuslav Martinů he shined especially as Michel in Julietta and Manolios in The Greek Passions. One of his climactic roles was also Stravinsky’s Oedipus. He also created the unforgettable Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Alfredo Germont (La Traviata), the Duke of Mantova (Rigoletto), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Turridu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Rudolph (La Bohème), Jiří (The Jacobin), The Drunk (Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), Remendado (Carmen), the Comedian (The Battered Bride) and many other roles. Due to his modern acting approach he often co-operated with television (he has performed in almost all TV productions of Smetana’s operas), radio and recording companies. Artistic guest trips have taken him to opera and concert stages of many significant European music centers (France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Italy, Austria, USA, Canada, Japan, and others).