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Ladislav Elgr

Ladislav Elgr made his first operatic experiences in several regional theatres of the Czech Republic when he was still studying at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague. In 2001, he sang Maškarón in Martinů’s Hry o Marii at the National-Theater Prag, where he was invited back in 2002 for The Bartered Bride (Vašek) and in 2003/04 for Janacek´s Vylety Pane Brouckovy (Four Tenors) under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras. He also successfully debuted as Jeník in The Bartered Bride at the Smetana festival in Litomyšl.

After one season at the Opera Studio of the Staatstheater Nürnberg in 2005/06, he became a member of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2006 to 2008.

In 2008/09, Mr. Elgr became member of the Wiener Volksoper for two seasons, performing parts like: Tamino (Die Zauberflöte); Alfred (Die Fledermaus); Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Lorenzo (Fra Diavolo); August Kuhbrot (Künnecke’s Der Vetter aus Dingsda); and Nando (Tiefland).

Season 2011/12 started for Ladislav Elgr with a big success as Bes in the world première of Lera Auerbach´s Gogol at the Theater an der Wien, where he recently performed in a new production of Francesca da Rimini and Jolanta as well. He is about to make his role debut as Babinsky in a new production of Svanda Dudak at the Semperoper in Dresden, where in 2010 he had an acclaimed role-house debut as Leukippos in a new production of Daphne.

He made numerous guest appearances, including: Licinio in Mercadante´s La Vestale at the Wexford Festival; Priester/Geharnischter in Die Zauberflöte for his stage debut at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2006 and in Pier-Luigi Pizzi´s production at the Macerata Festival in 2007; Kudrjas in Katia Kabanova at the Brno Janáček-Festival in 2008 (production of the Theater an der Wien); Froh in Das Rheingold with Adam Fischer at the Palace of Arts in Budapest both in 2009 and 2010 and in Venice in 2011; Judas in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper, the Osterklang Festival Wien in 2009; and Edwin in Peter Konwitschny´s production of Die Csárdásfürstin at the Oper Graz in 2010.

Mr. Elgr also enjoys a prolific concert activities, having performed, among others: Dvorak´s Stabat Mater; Mendelssohn´s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with Thomas Hengelbrock and Elias with the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen; Janacek´s Šarka with the RSB at the Philharmonie in Berlin with Marek Janowski; Bruckner´s Te Deum; Haydn´s Die Schöpfung; Händel´s Messias; and Beethoven´s Symphony No.9 as well as Verdi´s Requiem at the Herkulessaal in Munich. In March 2010, he made his successful debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Pierre Boulez at the Musikverein Wien with Janacek´s Glagolitic Mass.

His discography includes: Das Rheingold (Froh, under Simone Young); Die Ausflüge des Herrn Brouček (4 Tenor roles, under Sir Charles Mackerras); and La Vestale (Licinio, under Paolo Arrivabeni).

Recent and future projects include new producions of Rusalka in Glyndebourne and at Grand Théâtre of Geneva, concerts of Die Geisterbraut in Prague and Theater an der Wien, Daphne in Dresden, and Vec Makropulos and Tagebuch eines Verschollenen at Palais Garnier in Paris, The Prodigal Son  and Die Bassariden at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Vec Makropulos   at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Katya Kabanova in Hamburg, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in Antwerpen, Lady Macbeth in Naples, Der Fliegende Holländer in Leipzig ed Antwerpen, Katya Kabanova in Hamburg, Rusalka in Wien and Jenufa in Berlin and Rome.

January 2020

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