Gustáv Beláček (1969) is a graduate of the Bratislava Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts (Eva Blahová). He participated masterclasses of Ileana Cotrubas, Carlo Bergonzi, Sergej Kopčák and Peter Mikuláš. He won various competitions (1993 – overall winner of the Dvořák Competition, 1993 – Opernwelt magazine Prize at Belvedere Competition, 1994 – 3rd prize at the International Singing Competition in Siena – Rocca delle Macie and the 1st prize at the M. Schneider-Trnavský International Singing Competition, 1995 – semi-finalist at the Pavarotti Competition).

In1992 he made his debut as Leporello at the Prague Chamber Opera. Since then he has successfully performed in numerous opera houses at home, in Europe, America and Japan: Grand Théâtre / Geneve (The Bartered Bride), Théâtre de la Monnaie / Brussels and Théâtre du Rhin / Strassbourg (Mozart: Zaida), Opera Nagoya (Don Giovanni), Prague National Theatre (Aida), Prague State Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor, Rusalka), Brno National Theatre (Don Giovanni), Belo Horizonte (Don Giovanni), Vienna Chamber Opera (Gluck: Le Calender), Copenhagen Royal Opera (Rusalka), Teatro Massimo Palermo (Barbe-bleue, Ibert: Persée et Androméde), The Canadian Opera Society / Toronto (Boris Godunov, Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims, An Italian in Algiers) etc.

At the Opera of the Slovak National Theatre he has interpreted the roles of Osmin, Swalow, Thibaut, Raimondo, Alidor and performed at the Berkshire Opera Festival in the USA (Don Giovanni).

Gustáv Beláček is known for his versatility musically and repertoire-wise – he devotes himself intensively to concert repertoire and has gained international success in this field. He has worked with eminent orchestras (The Czech Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony...) and conductors (J. Bělohlávek, M. Jansons, K. Masur, L. Pešek...) and has performed at renowned festivals (BBC Proms, Berkshire Opera Festival...). His recording for Delos Label (Dvořák: Requiem) received a Grammy in 2001.


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