Ladislav ELGR
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The Czech tenor Ladislav Elgr has been making a considerable career within the last years and has established himself a thought-after singer and actor.

Highlights of the last season were e.g. his highly acclaimed debuts as ‘Eric’/”Flying Dutchman” in Antwerp and several premieres, e.g. „Vec Makropulos“/’Albert Gregor’ (David Hermann; Donald Runnicles) and ‘Gaveston’ in the world premiere of “Edward” both at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, „Die Bassariden“/’Dionysos’ (Mario Martone; Stefan Soltesz) at the Opera Roma, his return to the Hamburgische Staatsoper as Boris/”Katja Kabanova, his debut at the New Center of Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing as ‘Prince’/”Rusalka” (Hugo de Ana; Ratislav Stur), his ‘Jim Mahoney’/”Mahagonny” at De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp and his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonics (Gustavo Dudamel) in “Glagolitic Mass”.

Previous seasons included e.g. a new production of “Carmen”/José at the Theater St. Gallen (Nicola Berloffa; Modestas Pitrenas), his return to Dresden Semperoper  with “Daphne”/Leukippos (Omer Meir Wellber), his return to the Palace of the Arts in Budapest as ‘Froh’/”Das Rheingold” (Adám Fischer), various role and house debuts like 'Skuratov'/”Aus einem Totenhaus” (Sir Simon Rattle) at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Boris/”Katja Kabanova” at the Opéra de Toulon as well as Matteo/”Arabella” at the Opera House Cologne (Renaud Doucet; Stefan Soltzes) and ‘Prince’/Rusalka at the Aalto Theatre in Essen (Lotte de Beer; Tomás Netopil) -  all of them in new productions.

He gave a remarkable debut at both companies at the Opéra de Paris, Bastille with “Vec Makropoulos”/Janek (Krzysztof Warlikowski/Susanna Mälkki) and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with 'Steva'/”Jenufa” (Christoph Loy/Donald Runnicles). This was followed by his sensational role and house debut as 'Sergej'/”Lady Macbeth of Mzensk” in a new production (Calixto Bieito/Dmitri Jurowski) in Antwerp and by a concert performance of “Rusalka”/prince with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan. He was a highly acclaimed ‘son’ at the semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s “The prodigal son” under the baton of James Conlon with the Rome Opera at the Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli and a very impressing ‘Leukippos’ in a concert version of “Daphne” at the Helsinki Festival (Susanna Mälkki).

Highlights of earlier seasons were e.g. his convincing portrait of Prince/”Rusalka” at Glyndebourne (on tour) as well as in a new production at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He sang both, ‘Albert Gregor’ as well as ‘Froh’ at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Kudrjas/”Katia Kabaonova” at the Brno Janáček-Festival (in a production of the Theater an der Wien), Judas/“The Last Supper” by Birtwistle at the Osterklang Festival, Edwin in Peter Konwitschny´s production of “Die Csárdásfürstin” at the Oper Graz. He is a frequent guest at the Theater an der Wien, where he was very successful as Bes at the world premiere of Lera Auerbach´s „Gogol“, and very convincing as Dante|Alméric in a new production of „Francesca da Rimini”|”Jolanta“. A concert performance of „Die Geisterbraut“ followed as well.

On concert stage, Ladislav Elgr sang, among others, Dvorak´s “Stabat Mater“, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy´s “Die Erste Walpurgisnacht“ (with Thomas Hengelbrock) and “Elias“ with the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen, Janacek´s “Šarka“ with the RSB in the Philharmonie in Berlin (with Marek Janowski), Bruckner´s „Te Deum“, Haydn´s “Die Schöpfung“, Händel´s “Messias“, Beethoven´s “Neunte Sinfonie“ as well as Verdi´s „Requiem“ in the Herkulessaal in Munich. In March 2010 Ladislav Elgr made his successful debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Pierre Boulez in the Musikverein Wien with Janacek´s “Glagolitic Mass”.

Ladislav Elgr studied at the Academy for Performing Arts in Prague and during his studies he sang, among others, Maškarón in Martinů’s “Hry o Marii”, Vašek/”The bathered bride” and the 4 Tenor parts in Janacek´s “Vylety pane Brouckovy” (with Sir Charles Mackerras) at the National Theater Prague. Furthermore he gave his successful debut as Jeník/“The bartered bride” at the Smetana festival in Litomyšl.

 

 

After one season at the Opera Studio of the Staatstheater Nürnberg 2005/06, he became a member of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Hamburg from 2006-08. Subsequently Ladislav Elgr became for two seasons a member of the Volksoper Wien where he sang parts like Tamino/”Die Zauberflöte”, Alfred/”Die Fledermaus”, Lysander/”A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Lorenzo/”Fra Diavolo”, August Kuhbrot/”Der Vetter aus Dingsda” and Nando/ “Tiefland”.

Future projects include his return to Opéra de Paris as ‘Skuratov’/”From the house of the dead”, a role he will sing also at London Royal Opera House Covent Garden (house-debut) as well as at La Monnaie Brussels and Opéra de Lyon. He will debut in “The Gambler”/titelrole at De Vlaamse Opera, sing Eric in a new production at the Opera Leipzig and will return to the Theater an der Wien among other projects.


 

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