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Petr Nekoranec

Petr Nekoranec

Soloist of the Opera

Biography

Tenor Petr Nekoranec is one of the most distinct singers of the young generation in the Czech Republic. In 2018–2020, he was a soloist of the State Opera Stuttgart, where he performed as Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and Ernesto (Don Pasquale). Since the 2021/22 season, he’s been a soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague.

Petr’s engagements for the 2020/21 season included Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Stuttgart and Asprando (Nicola Antonio Porpora: Carlo Il Calvo) at the Markgräfliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth, Theater an der Wien, and Amsterdam. On concert stage, we saw him with the Czech Philharmonic within the Prague Spring Festival (Britten: Les Illuminations, op. 18), at the National Theatre in Prague (Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle), at the last concert of the Czech Philharmonic season at the Sychrov Castle, with Jana Šrejma Kačírkova at Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival, and with pianist Vincent Scalera at the Polná Castle in Vysočina Region. He started his 2021/22 season as Asprando at Markgräfliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth, and he made his National Theatre Prague debut as Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia, October 2021) and Ferrando (Così fan tutte, January 2022). In the Spring 2022 he will return to Stuttgart in the role of Yuródivïy (Boris Godunov), to Brno as Tamino (Die Zauberföte), he will make his concert debut in Brazil and in May 2022, he will be Almaviva in Toulouse. Petr collaborates closely with the renowned British composer Iain Bell; he performed his monodrama Comfort Starving along with pianist William Kelley in the world premiere at the Bach Festival in Świdnica, Poland on 31st July 2021 (Krystian Lada: stage direction and scene, Aleksandr Prowaliński: light design and scene), and again on 18th November 2021 in Krakow.

In 2016–2018, Petr attended the Lindemann Program for Young Artist at the Metropolitan Opera. He is the first Czech who has been accepted into this prestigious two-year program. In 2014–2016, Petr was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and its Opera Studio, where he portrayed several roles, including the title roles of Le comte Ory and Albert Herring. The latter role earned him the 2016 Bavarian Art Award. In January 2018, he was granted the Classic Prague Award in the category Talent of the Year 2017. In the autumn of 2019, Supraphon released his profile album French Arias (label Supraphon; the Czech Philharmonic, Christopher Franklin conducted).

Petr is also a laureate of many singing competitions. He received the 2nd prize at the Vincerò World Singing Competition in Naples in October 2021. On January 2017, he won the International Competition of Francesco Viñas in Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, where he took the first place and received Plácido Domingo’s special prize. In August 2015, Petr made it to the semi-finals of Queen Sonja International Singing Competition. In July 2014 in Vienna, he won the International Singing Competition named after the Bulgarian-Austrian soprano Ljuba Welitsch, while in September 2014, he took second place at Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France. At home, at the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, he took 2nd place in 2013. Petr Nekoranec studied at the Pardubice Conservatoire in the class of Jarmila Chaloupková and collaborates with the Italian tenor and tutor Antonio Carangelo.