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Ivan KUSNJER

(*10. 11. 1951 Rokycany)

Czech baritone

He studied in Prague at the Academy of Performing Arts with Teodor Šrubař and in various courses for vocalists in Italy. From 1977, he worked in Ostrava, 1981-82 in Brno, and since 1982, at the National Theatre in Prague. He has a baritone voice with a large register and lyrical character. He primarily asserts himself in the Italian repertoire, such as Figaro in Rossini´s The Barber from Sevilla, in Verdi´s operas Troubadour (as Count Luna), Don Carlos (as Marquis Posa), La Traviata (as Germont), Otello, Rigoletto and Macbeth, Scarpia in Puccini´s Tosca and many others. He is an excellent interpreter of Czech operatic roles including Vladislav in Smetana´s Dalibor, Tausendmark in Smetana´s Brandenbourgers in Bohemia, Vok Vítkovic in Smetana´s The Devil´s Wall, Game Warden in Janáček´s The Cunning Little Vixen; he is also and excellent interpreter of modern works such as P. Maxwell Davies´s Eight Songs for a Mad King, Eben´s Jeremias and others. He has performed abroad especially in Janáček´s operas (in Paris, Madrid, Lisabon, Venezia, Bruxelles, Milan, Berlin and other places). He is a preferred concert singer.