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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 Beutligh 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 or Puccini’s La Boheme. His performances have been nominated for the Thálie Prize, namely for his Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte (2014) and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville (2015), for which he was awarded the Annual Prize of Opera Plus (2015). For 2016, he has been longlisted as nominee for the Thálie Prize for his Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto.

In 2014 he made his début at the State Opera in Prague in a production of Puccini’s La Boheme; 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). As of September 2017 he is a soloist at the National Theatre in Brno, currently working on the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and of Ferrando (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte).

He has performed at the Janáček Brno Festival in Janáček’s opera Šárka (2010) and Osud (The Fate; 2012). Since 2016 he has also performed on the open-air stage in Český Krumlov (Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen). 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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