Václav SiberaSoloist of the Opera
The Czech tenor Václav Sibera is a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague. In 1999, he became a soloist of the State Opera Prague, where earlier that year he made his debut as Blondin in E. F. Burian's opera Bubu of Montparnasse.
He studied the clarinet and opera singing at the Prague State Conservatory. The numerous roles he performed at the State Opera Prague included Alfredo (Verdi: La traviata), Monostatos (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Cassio (Verdi: Otello), Pong (Puccini: Turandot) and Ismael (Verdi: Nabucco). Since 2003, he has been engaged at the National Theatre Opera in Prague, since January 2012 as a soloist. He has portrayed there the roles of Cloudy and Vacek the Bearded (Janáček: The Excursions of Mr. Brouček), Milan Hnilička in Martin Smolka's ice-hockey opera Nagano, Fred Dalton in Vladimír Franz's War with the Newts, the Zoologist in Shostakovich's Orango, the Witch in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Heinrich in Wagner's Tannhäuser, Malcolm in Verdi's Macbeth, Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Tybalt in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Carson in Václav Kašlík's Krakatit. He has also appeared as a guest at the National Theatre in Brno and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.
He won third prize at the International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary in 1998, first prize at the International Emmy Destinn Vocal Competition in České Budějovice in 2001, and was a finalist at the International Ferruccio Tagliavini Vocal Competition in Deutschlandsberg, Austria, in the same year. In 2007, he participated in a Deutsche Grammophon recording of Janáček's The Excursions of Mr. Brouček with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, which won the Midem Classical Award 2009 in Cannes.
Photo: Jan Hrdý