Aleš Briscein

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 Charlatan 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 Zauberflöte 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) nd in Český Krumlov. At the National Theatre in Brno, in a production by David Radok he sang the role of Albert Gregor in Janacek’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.

In the season 2016 – 2017, he performed in a concert performance of two operas in Odyssey Opera Boston. First, he appeared in the lead role of Antonín Dvořák’s opera Dimitrij, then he created the lead role of Zemlinsky’s opera Der Zwerg. He also played the same role in Zemlinsky’s opera in the Oper Graz. On his tour in Japan, he played the role of Pollion in Norma and his partners were Edita Gruberová and Dimitra Theodossiou. He also created the role of Lohengrin in the premiere of the National Theatre in Prague, in a production directed by Katharina Wagner.



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