František Zahradníček

He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied with Ivan Kusnier. He made his debut at the National Theatre in 2000 and has since performed a number of roles there, including Mozart’s Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Rossini’s Basilio (Lazebnik di Sevilla), Don Magnifico (Cinderella), Smetana’s Chrudoche (Libuše), Dvořák’s Marbuelo (The Devil and Kate), The Count (Jacobin), The Waterboy (Rusalka), Janáček’s Gorjančik (From the House of the Dead).
He has been a regular guest at the Wexford Festival Opera, appeared at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Teatro national Sao Carlo in Lisbon and sang in a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack. He has toured Japan several times with the National Theatre Opera in the title roles of Mozart.
His most recent roles include Janáček’s The Reviewer (The Little Vixen), Verdi’s Banco (Macbeth) and Zacharias (Nabucco).
He has also performed with leading orchestras, including the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He was a prominent member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Jiří Bělohlávek, Libor Pešek, Ondrej Lenárd, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Gennadij Rožděstvenskij, Leopold Hager, Asher Fish, John Fiore.


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