Zdeněk PlechSoloist of the Opera
Bass Zdeněk Plech graduated from Brno Conservatoire and the Janáček Academy of Music, where he studied with Marta Beňačková. He now pursues his training with Pavel Kamas. While still a student, he became laureate of the Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International Competition (1998), and reached the final stage of the prestigious Ferrucio Tagliavini Belcanto Competition (Graz, 2002). He spent a short time as a guest artist at the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc, then became a soloist of the National Theatre Brno (2000–2004), where he created about 20 roles. Since 2004 he has been soloist of the National Theatre in Prague. Zdeněk Plech often performs abroad. In 2003 he received an invitation from the Cincinnati Opera in Ohio, USA and in the following year he sang Tom (Verdi: Un ballo in maschera) at the San Sebastian Festival in Spain. He has also to his credit several appearances at the summer festival in Gars, Austria. Since 2006, he has been permanent guest artist of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, where he has sung in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Bellini‘Norma, Berg‘s Wozzeck, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Dvořák‘s Rusalka and Janáček’s From the House of Dead. In 2006, he created Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Hagen (Die Götterdämmerung) in a production of Wagner´s Der Ring des Nibelungen mounted by the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto to inaugurate the newly built Four Seasons Center. In December 2006 he made his debut at the Staatsoper Berlin (as King in Verdi’s Aida). In 2007 and 2010, he sang at the Arizona Opera in Phoenix, Az (Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte). Equally impressive is his concert and oratorio repertoire (including among many other parts solos in Dvořák´s Stabat Mater, Verdi´s Requiem and Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium), with which he has toured extensively, working with major orchestras in Germany (Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie), France (Orchestre National de France), Japan (Gunma Symphony), England (BBC Symphony Orchestra London), Brazil, etc. He has been featured on several recordings, including Janáček’s operas The Cunning Little Vixen (BBC) and The Excursions of Mr. Brouček (Deutsche Grammophon, The Best Opera Recording 2009), and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (Sony Classical). In 2008, he recorded his first solo CD with Dvořák’s Biblical Songs (BBC). He was cast in the Prague production of the musical Cats (2004 Thalia Award nomination), and has himself written music for two musicals (The Prodigal Son; andThe Preacher). Zdeněk Plech´s awards include the 2005 Komerční banka Award for the Year´s Best National Theatre Stage Performance.