Josef Moravec graduated from the Prague Conservatory, then continued to study at the Academy of Music in Prague and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Having completed a master class with the renowned tenor Gregory Kunde, he switched from baritone to tenor.
His repertoire includes: Mozart’s Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Alfredo in La Traviata and Ismaele in Nabucco, Bizet’s Don José in Carmen, Puccini’s Rodolfo in La bohème, Weber’s Max in Der Freischutz, Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Young Sailor in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, The Courtier Hindemith’s Cardillac, Vašek and Jeník in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Mánek in Foerster’s Eva, Števa in Jenůfa, Skuratov in From the House of the Dead, Kudrjaš in Káťa Kabanová, and Schoolmaster/Mosquito in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
Mr Moravec has also performed in Offenbach works. He sang Piquillo in La Périchole and Robinson in Robinson Crusoe, on top of a range of operatta roles such as: Sou Chong in The Land of Smiles, Eisenstein and Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin, Bolo in Polish Blood, Count Zedlau in Viennese Blood, Caramello in A Night in Venice. He sang Don José in a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen opposite the famous mezzo-soprano Marina Domashenko, and Beppe in Pagilacci partnering José Cura as Canio.
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