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Aleš Briscein

Aleš Briscein

Plans of Czech tenor of Aleš Briscein for 2019 include the title role in a new production of Smetana’s Dalibor in Frankfurt conducted by Stefan Soltesz, Paul in Die tote Stadt at Komische Oper Berlin and Lenskij in Eugene Oneguin with Komische Oper at the Edinburgh Festival.

2020 he will be heard at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Lépreux in Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise and as Albert Gregor in a new production ofThe Makropulos Case.

He is guesting at many theatres and festivals of his home country in roles like Jiri in Dvorak‘s Jakobin, Ladislav in Smetana‘s Two widows, Prince in Rusalka, Conte di Albafloria in Martinu‘s Mirandolina, as Jaromér in Fibich’s Pád Arkuna, as Lukas in Smetana’s The Kiss, as Alfredo in La Traviata, in the title role of Lohengrin or 2015 as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma.

Recent highlights include 2018his debuts as Paul in a new production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt at Komische Oper Berlin, as Filka Morozov in a new production From the House of the Dead at Munich State Opera and as Sergej in Lady Macbeth of the Mzensk District in Ostrava as well as his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Case; 2017 Tambourmajor in Wozzeck at Theater an der Wien conducted by Leo Hussain and staged by Robert Carsen, his debut in the title role of Zemlinksky’s Der Zwerg in Graz, 2016 a new production Eugene Onegin at Komische Oper Berlin, his debut as Skuratov in Janacek’s From the House of the Dead at Savonlinna Opera Festival, and Albert Gregor in a concert performance of Vec Makropulos under Jiri Belohlavek at the BBC Proms. He went on tour to Japan with State Opera Prague as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma and to Hong Kong with National Theatre of Brno as Alber Gregor in and with the Glagolitic Mass.

2015 he debuted in the part of Königssohn in Humperdinck’s Königskinder at Opera Frankfurt, performed Laca in Janacek’s Jenufa at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and sang Stravinskiy’s Les Noces in Rome. 201314 he guested in new productions of Così fan tutte at the Komische Oper and of Jenufa in Graz. 2013 he was heard as Andrej in Tchaikowsky’s Mazeppa at Komische Oper and as Steva in Jenufa at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

In summer 2012 he had a huge success in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Tyrolean Festival in Erl under Gustav Kuhn and sang Smetana’s seldom performed opera Two Widows in Angers and Nantes.

In summer 2011 he debuted at Salzburg Festival in a new production Vec Makropulos conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and staged by Christoph Marthaler.

He also guested in Nürnberg, Vancouver, Tokyo, Cyprus, Lille, Caen, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna, London and Frankfurt.

For many years Ales Briscein regularly performed at Opéra de Bastille in Paris in roles such as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Kedril in From the House of the dead, Ein junger Diener in Elektra, Hirt/Junger Seemann in Tristan und Isolde, Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier, Janek in Vec Makropulos, Jeník in The bartered bride, Jaquino in Fidelio and as Kudriash in Kát‘a Kabanova.

Ales Briscein works with conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Charles Mackeras, Valeri Gergiev, Jiri Belohlavek, John Fiore, Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Tomas Netopil, Esa Pekka Salonen, or David Zinman.

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