The tenor Václav Sibera is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory, where he studied the clarinet (1991-97) and opera singing (1993-99). He has received accolades at international competitions, including third prize at the Antonín Dvořák Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary (1998), first prize at the Ema Destinnová Competition in České Budějovice (2001), and he also advanced to the final of the Ferruccio Tagliavini Competition in Deutschlandsberg (2001). In 1999, he was named a soloist of the State Opera Prague, where he performed Alfredo in La traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Cassio in Otello, Pong in Turandot, Ismael in Nabucco, and other roles. With the State Opera Prague, in January 2005 he toured Japan and in April 2005 visited South Korea, where he appeared at the Beseto Opera in Seoul. Since 2003, he has collaborated with the National Theatre in Prague, portraying Oblačný and Vacek Bradatý in its production of Janáček’s The Excursions of Mr. Brouček, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, and the lead role in Martin Smolka’s ice-hockey opera Nagano, directed by Ondřej Havelka. In 2007, he participated in a recording of Janáček's The Excursions of Mr. Brouček with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek (Deutsche Grammophon), which received a Midem Classical Award in 2009. Since January 2012, he has been a soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, where he has performed the lead role in the production of Vladimír Franz’s War with the Newts, the Zoologist in Shostakovich’s Orango, the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and others. He has also appeared as a guest at the National Theatre in Brno and the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava.
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