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ALEŠ BRISCEIN,
TENOR






 

Aleš Briscein studied originally clarinet and saxophone, later also
opera singing at the Prague Conservatory. He continued his studies
at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen.


In 1995 he began singing as a soloist of the State Opera Prague and
he sang several lyrical roles (Tamino in Mozart´s Die Zauberflöte,
Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Almaviva in Rossini´s Il barbiere di Siviglia,
Narciso in Rossini´s Il turco in Italia, Jeník in Smetana´s The Bartered
Bride
, Alfredo in Verdi´s La traviata, Kudryas in Janáček´s Katya
Kabanova
etc.) He is a regular guest of the opera in the National
Theatre Prague (The Bartered Bride, Don Giovanni, La traviata,
Jenufa
) as well as at the State Opera Prague.


He participated in prestigeous festivals as Edinburgh International
Festival, Prague Spring and others, he cooperates with outstanding
orchestras, e.g. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Royal
National Orchestra etc. At Prague Spring in 2002 he sang as a world
premiere the main tenor part of Jonathan in Sylvia Bodorová´s
oratorium Juda Maccabeus. He recorded a CD of Pavel Haas´s opera
The C
harlatan for Decca Company. His repertoir is very wide, he also
likes singing the old and spiritual music (Bach, Haydn, Mozart,
Rossini). He also cooperates with the Czech Radio and Czech
Television.


On his tour about Japan in 1999 he performed Tamino in Die Zauber-
flöte
and one year later Kudryas in Katya Kabanova at the premiere
of the opera with the Tokyo Philharmony and he was chosen
for performing Janáček´s opera From the House of the Dead in 2003.
He sang with great success in the same year im Massenet´s Manon
in Vancouver and in Donizetti´s Don Pasquale in Cyprus.

In October 2004 he started his long-term cooperation with the Opéra
national de Paris (R. Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos, Elektra,
Der Rosenkavalier,
Janacek – From the House of the Dead,
The Macropulos Affair
, Verdi – La traviata, Stravinsky – The Rake´s
Progress
). Behind him there are many opera performances both at
home and in abroad (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, England,
Spain, the USA, Japan). In 2008 he performed in Janáček´s operas in
Teatro Real Madrid (The Makropulos Affair), in Mexico City (Jenufa)
and at London PROMS (Fate), together with Paris opera he toured
Japan (Diary of One Who Disappeared). In 2009 Aleš Briscein created
the role of Jeník in Smetana´s The Bartered Bride in Opéra national
de Paris where he also performed in Janáček´s The Makropulos Affair
and Beethoven´s Fidelo. In 2010 he sang Jeník also in Valencia, in
Antwerp he performed in Berg´s Wozzeck. He performed Boris
(Janáček´s Katya Kabanova) in staging of Robert Wilson, also as
Ferrando (Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte) and Nemorino (Donizetti´s L´elisir
d´amore
). One of his latest is the part of Princ (Dvořák´s Rusalka)
in Volksoper in Vienna.

In the season 2011 - 2012, he was singing for instance Princ in
Dvořák´s Rusalka in the Volksoper in Vienna, then at the festival in
Salzburg (Janek in The Makropulos Affair),  Erl (main part in Wagner´s
Lohengrin) at Tiroler Festspiele and Belmont in the National Theatre
in Prague (Mozart´s Die Entführung aus dem Serail).


In the season 2012-2013, he performed in Janáček's opera Jenufa 
in Bayerische Staatsoper (as Steva), and at the National Theatre
in Zagreb (as Laca), he also sang in Komische Oper Berlin 
(Tchaikovsky – Mazeppa). In the role of Ladislav Podhájský in
Smetana's opera The Two Widows he appeared in Nantes, France, 
and at the National Theatre in Prague. In 2013, he won the prestigious 
Thalia Award for portrayal of Roméo in Gounod's opera Roméo
et Juliette
.

In the season of 2013-2014, Aleš Briscein created  the role
of Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte in Komische Oper Berlin. 
In Janáček's Jenufa he performed in the Oper Graz (in the role
of Laca, directed by Peter Konwitschny), in the Oper Frankfurt 
in a triplerole of Mazal / Blankytný / Petřík in The Excursions of Mr.
Broucek.
As the Prince in Dvořák's Rusalka he performed in Budapest (concert version) and in Český Krumlov. At the National
Theatre in Brno, in a production by David Radok he sang the role
of Albert Gregor in Janáček's Opera The Makropulos Affair.
In 2014 Aleš Briscein won the Annual Prize of Opera PLUS Internet
portal.


The season 2014 - 2015 brought him significant roles in David Radok's productions (Janáček - The Makropulos Affair, the role of Albert Gregor, National Theatre Brno) and Jiří Heřman's productions (Fibich - The Fall of Arcun, the role of Jaroměř, National Theatre Prague). He was given the Thalia Award for the role of Jaroměř. He sang as Števa in Jenůfa in Teatro Comunale Bologna, and as Laca in the Opera Graz. In the Opera Graz he also acted in a triple role of Blankytný, Mazal and Petřík in The Excursion of Mr. Brouček by Janáček, and in the role of Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow by Lehár. His major concerts include the production of Janáček's Glagolitic Mass in the Royal Festival Hall in London (conductor Tomáš Netopil) and Stravinsky's Les Noces in the Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (conductor Pablo Heras-Casado).

In the 2015 - 2016 season, Aleš Briscein played in the role of Lenski in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in the Komische Oper Berlin. Under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek and alongside Karita Mattila he performed in London in a concert production of two operas by Leoš Janáček – as Laca in Jenůfa and as Albert Gregor in The Makropulos Affair. At the Savonlinna Festival in Finland he performed in the Janáček's opera From the House of the Dead (Skuratov), in a production directed by David Pountney. As Janek he sang in Janáček's The Makropulos Affair at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. In the National Theatre Prague premiere productions he did the role of Pollion (Bellini - Norma) and Romeo (Gounod - Roméo et Juliette). With Alfred in Verdi's La Traviata, he completed a tour around Japan, where Désirée Rancatore was his Violetta.




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