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Štefan Margita was born in Slovakia and made his debut at the National Theatre in Prague. Soon thereafter, his career took on an international dimension and he appeared as Laca in Jenůfa on some of the most famous opera stages in Europe and Japan. The role of Luka / Filka Morozov, which he performed in 2007 in Patrice Chéreau's production of From the House of the Dead, under the baton of Pierre Boulez at Vienna’s Wiener Festwochen and the Aix Festival, marked another important step in his career: he would sing the role again under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen for his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York, then again in Milan, Lisbon, Berlin (with Sir Simon Rattle), Palermo and Prague.
He played his first Loge (Rheingold) in 2008 at the San Francisco Opera under the direction of Donald Runnicles and was soon invited to return to the role, at the Metropolitan Opera (with Fabio Luisi), the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (with Kent Nagano), the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (with Hartmut Haenchen) and then again in Houston and Chicago.
Other roles that have marked his career include Shuysky in Boris Godunov (Chicago, Madrid), the Drum Major in Wozzeck (Paris Opera, Rome, Berlin), and Edrisi in Szymanowski’s King Roger. In 2014, he performed the role of Valzacchi in Brigitte Fassbaender’s production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Baden-Baden Festival with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. In 2017, he played his first Captain Vere in Billy Budd in Prague and then made his debut as Tichon in Kátia Kabanová at Turin’s Teatro Regio. Stefan Margita has made guest appearances at the Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Bregenz and Edinburgh Festivals and at many of the great international opera houses where he has sung under the batons of Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Jiři Bĕlohlavek, Semyon Bychkov, Aldo Ceccato, Lamberto Gardelli, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Janos Kulka, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Neschling, Antonio Pappano, and Zoltan Pesko. He also appears in concert, with a vast repertoire ranging from Mozart to Bartók.
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