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Jan ŠŤÁVA

(*1.1.1988, Brno)

Czech opera singer - bass

Biography: Workplace - National Theatre Brno.
Cooperation - National Theatre Prague, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, Opéra National de Montpellier, Nantes/Angers Opéra, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, L‘Orchestre National de Lyon, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, Czech Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, PKF — Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Brno Philharmonic, Pilsen Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Ensemble Opera Diversa and others.

Studies: Zdeňka Rybecká (until now;) Grammar School of P. Křížkovský (Irena Vašíčková-Pollini); Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (Zdeněk Šmukař). Master courses with José Cura, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade ad.

Repertoire (selection): J. S. Bach, J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, G. Verdi, A. Dvořák, B. Smetana, L. Janáček, B. Martinů, M. P. Mussorgsky, P. I. Tchaikovsky, M. Ravel.

Festivals: Salzburger Festspiele, Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Janáček May and others.

Recordings: Antonín Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and gospels (Grammar School of P. Křížkovský, 2006)

Reviews, articles: "Czech bass Jan Stava made chauffeur liveried Osmin a charming, positive presence with just a hint of menace. Stage director Arias' choreography allowed none of the classic schtick. The young bass attacked his mindboggling 'O, wie will ich triumphieren' with confident bravado and succeeded as well as anyone with its coloratura and range challenges." (Opera Today, Feb 2013)
"His bass is voluminous, full, and colourful, with very good diction and a steady scale of two tricky octaves of Kecal, which he masters in an admiring way. His acting is not pretentions, but I have to emphasize it is very original. He is not Kecal, who longs for comicality such as restless bass singers Hanuš Thein or Karel Berman; however, he is not an Eduard Haken type despite getting close to his interpretation in moderation on the stage. He is himself and this is what makes him special. He does not strive for comicality and it comes on its own accord. Those who try very hard in other passages are not able to reach this effect. Bravo! It is Kecal, who brings joy of convincing interpretation, which follows the spirit of Smetana: it is sophisticated interpretation free from vulgar hyperboles." (Opera Plus, June 9, 2014).

Links: www.janstava.com

Agency: Italartist Austroconcert Kulturmanagement, Vienna

Contact:
e-mail: honza.stava@gmail.com, info@janstava.com