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Pavol Breslik


Guest of the National Theatre Opera. Born in Slovakia in 1979 and studied at the Music Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2000, he won the first Prize at the Antonín Dvořák Competition in the Czech Republic. In 2002/2003 he was a member of the Opera Studio CNIPAL in Marseille. He attended master classes with Yvonne Minton, Mady Mesplé, Peter Dvorský and William Matteuzzi. In 2005, he was nominated "young singer of the year" by the German magazine Opernwelt. Between 2003 and 2006, Pavol Breslik was engaged as a soloist at the Staatsoper Berlin, where he performed parts such as Mozart’s Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Nemorino (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Kudrjáš (Janáček: Katya Kabanová) and Simpleton (Musorgsky: Boris Godunov). He also sang Ferrando at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Tamino at the festival in Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Wiener Festwochen, at the Theater an der Wien and Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In the last seasons, he performed Jaquino (Beethoven: Fidelio) and the Evangelist (Bach: St-John Passion) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Belmonte (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Nemorino at the Staatsoper Berlin, Ferrando in Glyndebourne, Tamino at the Royal Opera House London, Idamante (Mozart: Idomeneo) and Lensky (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Don Ottavio at Staatsoper Berlin and at the Salzburg Festival and Alfred (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus) at the Grand Théâtre de Geneve. Among his projects, he will be singing and Gennaro (Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Don Ottavio and Ferrando at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Belmonte at the Staatsoper and Macduff (Verdi: Macbeth) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Ferrando and Don Ottavio in London, Lensky and Tamino at the Wiener Staatsoper, Belmonte at the Gran Teatre Liceu Barcelona. His highlights in concert have taken place at the BBC Proms' with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur (Janáček: Glagolitic Mass), with the Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim in London and Paris (Händel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno), at the Edinburgh Festival (Beethoven: Christ on the Mount of Olives and Mass in C) with the Dresden Philharmonic and Kurt Masur. He has recently performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, with the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur (Beethoven's Missa Solemnis) and Riccardo Muti (Berlioz’ La Messe Solennelle). Projects include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mendessohn’s Elias with the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester and Riccardo Muti. Pavol Breslik has been critically-acclaimed for his recordings of Händel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Emmanuelle Haim for Virgin Classics and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with Laurence Equilbey for label Naive. Update: March 2009