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Josef ŠKARKA

(*1.1.1981, Brno)

Czech opera singer - bass

Biography: Cooperation - National Theatre in Prague, National Theatre in Brno, Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, Silesian Theatre Opava, South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, North Bohemian Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Ústí nad Labem, Opéra national de Lorraine, Teatro Comunale di Modena, Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Duo Skarka–Pohl and others.

Studies: Conservatory in Brno (Jurij Gorbunov and Petr Julíček), Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Miloslav Podskalský), master courses with Gabriela Beňačková, José Cura, Tom Krause, Peter Dvorský and others.

Repertoire (selection): W. A. Mozart, A. Dvořák, G. Paisiello, J. S. Bach, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, P. Haas, I. Stravinsky, G. Rossini, L. Janáček, J. B. Foerster, G. Mahler, J. J. Offenbach, B. Martinů, L. Sommer, O. Kvěch, M. Ivanović, B. Smetana, C. M. von Weber.

Competitions: Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (2009), special award of the National Theatre in Brno, Czech Radio Award (2nd prize in the opera category); Jakub Pustina International Singing Competition (2013, 1st prize).

Festivals: Moravian Autumn (2004), Composition awards Janáček – Revueltas (2008, Mexico City), international film festival Mezipatra (2010), international festival Mahler–Jihlava (2010), Smetana's Litomyšl (2011) and others.

Recordings:
B. Martinů: Le Jour de Bonté (2010, Arco Diva).

YouTube:
W. A. Mozart: Madamina, il catalogo questo / Don Giovanni (2009);
Pavel Trojan Jr.: Milicius (2014) and others.

Reviews, articles:
"Josef Škarka sang the role of Figaro very well and his performance is promising and we should pin our hopes to it." (Opus Musicum, 2011).

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/josefskarka.official?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/josefskarka
www.josefskarka.cz

Contact:
e-mail: josefskarka@live.com