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Aleš Jenis

Aleš Jenis was born in Bratislava and initially studied the piano before commencing his vocal training in 1998. He was quickly hired by the Prague State Opera where he played Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Morales (Carmen) in 2001. The following year, he joined the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava where he performed in Pagliacci, La Bohème, Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Elisir d’amore, and The Barber of Seville. In 2003, he made his debut at the Wexford Festival in Die drei Pintos (Ambrosio). He has also made guest appearances at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari (Alfonso und Estrella), the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (From the House of the Dead), the Saint Gallen Opera (the title role in Eugene Onegin), the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chili (the King’s Herald in Lohengrin), the Avignon Opera (Albert in Werther), the Vienna Volksoper and the Berlin Staatsoper (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly). He took on the title role of Don Giovanni in Saint Gallen in 2007 and made his debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in a New Year concert conducted by Mikhail Jurowski. He has also performed at the Montpellier Opera (Count Gil in Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna), the Wiener Festwochen, the Holland Festival, the Aix Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, and Milan’s La Scala (From the House of the Dead). In 2007, he made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in the title role of Eugene Onegin—a role he would sing again the following year in his first appearance at the Glyndebourne Festival. He has sung Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) in Santiago, Chili, at the Staatsoper in Berlin and the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Ferdinand (Betrothal in a Monastery) and Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Dvořák’s Biblical Songs with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jiři Bělohlavek, and Martinů’s Gilgamesh at Prague’s National Theatre under the direction of Tomas Netopil. Last season, he performed the title role in Don Giovanni at the Reiseopera in Enschede and Prospero in Zdenek Fibich’s The Tempest in Ostrava.

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