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Ondřej Koplík, tenor

Ondřej studied with Magdaléna Hajóssyová at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and currently continues with his professional development with Matthias Beutlich in Dresden. In his native Brno he joined the National Theatre opera choir (1998) and was active as an organist and chorusmaster in the Ascension of Virgin Mary Basilica (1993–2006). He participated in the Rossini Opera Festival in Pisaro, Italy, and in masterclasses with Bruno de Simone. He joined the opera choir in Semperoper Dresden. In 2009 he became a soloist in the Moravian Opera in Olomouc, giving lead tenore roles in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto, Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin, Donizetti’s Lucie de Lammermoor, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Puccini’s La Boh?me and others.

His performance of Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s Le Cenerentola (2019) has won him the prestigious Thalie Prize; he has been nominated for the prize for several other roles, such as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (2014), Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto (2016), and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (2015), for which he was awarded the Annual Prize of Opera Plus (2015).

In 2014 he made his début at the State Opera in Prague in a production of Puccini’s La Boh?me; in 2015 he was invited to the Prague National Theatre to perform in the new productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Mussorgski’s Boris Godunov. He continues his collaboration with Prague opera houses (Strauss’s Fledermaus, Verdi’s Macbeth, Martinů’s Juliette). He is a permanent guest in the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, performing in Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Ernani, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (also at the International Music Festival Prague Spring 2012), Donizetti’s Robert Devereux, Smetana’s Tajemství (The Mystery) or Rossini’s The Barber of Seville!!! with a new Czech libretto by Jaromír Nohavica.
He collaborates regularly with the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec (Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s La Traviata); his first role in Liberec (Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola) was highlighted as the leading male performance of 2018 (OperaPlus).

As of September 2017 he is a soloist at the National Theatre in Brno, currently working on the role of Nemorino (Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore), Ferrando (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte), Almaviva (Rossini’s Il Barbiere de Siviglia) and in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Kate and the Devil and others.

He appears regularly at opera festivals, such as the Janáček Brno Festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Dvořák’s Prague. At the latter festival he also performed in the concert production of Dvořák’s Saint Ludmila in the Rudolfinum in Prague, conducted by Jakub Hrůša (2018). Since 2016 he has annually appeared in production at the open-air stage in Český Krumlov. In 2011 he performed the title role in the world premiere of a Chinese opera A Journey to the West, followed by a concert tour and galas in China and Mongolia (2012, 2014).

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