ROMAN JANÁL baritone
After graduation from the Pilsen Conservatory in violin playing he studied the singing at the Music Academy in Sophia, Bulgaria. In the course of his studies he was guest singer at the State Opera House of Sophia (Don Giovanni, Eugen Onegin, Prince Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia) and appeared at local chamber music festivals.
He was first engaged in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia) after graduation in 1990, then he left for the Prague Chamber Opera (later Mozart Opera). In 1994 he became guest singer of the Pilsen Opera House (Lady of Spades – Tomskij, Faust and Marguerite, – Valentin, Don Giovanni – Don Giovanni, Fidelio – Don Pizarro). After a successful debut in the State Opera of Prague as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Figaro in Barber of Seville he was engaged as soloist of the State Opera of Prague in 1995. In November 1995 he became absolute winner of the Antonín Dvořák International Singers‘ Competition in Karlovy Vary.
Since 1997 he has been the soloist of the National Theatre of Prague, where he has performed a number of national and world repertoire parts, such as Grégorio in Romeo and Juliet, Figaro in Barber of Seville, Escamillio in Carmen, Pollux in the Baroque lyric tragedy Castor et Pollux, the title part in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The list of his opera repertoire also includes the parts of Onegin in Yevgeny Onegin, Marcel in La Boheme, Silvio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Conte Almaviva in Figaro’s Wedding, Germont in La Traviata, roles in operas by Martinů, Smetana, Janáček and Dvořák, etc. He has often participated in a number of foreign tours of the Prague National Theatre, Such as in Japan, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Netherlands, Korea.
Roman Janál has successfully appeared in local and international music festivals, among them the Prague Spring, the Smetana Litomyšl, the International Music Festival of Český Krumlov, The Pontes Festival, The Days of Bohuslav Martinů in London, the Europalia Brussels, The B. Martinů Festival in Amsterdam. He regularly co-operates with acclaimed conductors (Jiří Bělohlávek, Christopher Hogwood, Jiří Kout, Serge Baudo, John Fiore, Tomáš Hanus) and with local and international orchestras, including the Prague Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In February 2007 he participated in the recording of Janacek´s opera The Excursions of Mr. Broucek (the roles of Sacristan, Lunobor and Domsik) with Jiri Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, for the BBC and Deutsche Grammophon (released in January 2008). Since 1984, he has recorded extensively for Czech Radio, performing a range of repertory from opera arias to contemporary Czech son-cycles. These recordings were released on CDs and have resulted in the issue of a profile operatic album including arias fro operas by W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, G. Verdi, B. Smetana and others.
Roman Janál is holder of the prestigious Thalia Prize for 1999, for the part of Pollux in Rameau’s „Castor and Pollux“ in the National Theatre of Prague.