Tomáš Král

Since 2005 baritone Tomáš Král has appeared with many of the best-known European ensembles, including Collegium Vocale Gent, La Venexiana, Vox Luminis, Holland Baroque, B’Rock Orchestra, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, and Musica Florea. He has performed at the Prague Spring Festival, the Dresden and Salzburg Festival, the festivals of La Chaise-Dieu, Ambronay, and Sablé, and the Early Music Festivals in Bruges and Utrecht, while other venues have included the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall, and BOZAR in Brussels.

His wide-ranging opera roles include Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Ottokar (Der Freischütz), Uberto (La serva padrona), Giove (in Cavalli’s La Calisto), Ernesto (Il mondo della luna), Apollo (in Monteverdi Orfeo and Handel’s Apollo e Dafne), and the title-role in Suppe’s Boccaccio. 

He began the 2018/19 season with his role-debut as Starek in Janáček’s Jenůfa at the Opéra de Dijon, later revived at the Théâtre de Caen. Other highlights of the season included concert tours of Handel’s Israel in Egypt and the Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Václav Luks and his Collegium 1704 and Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique. Tomáš started a new collaboration with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, presenting some Bach Cantatas conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Subsequently, he renewed his collaborations with Pichon for different projects including a semi-staged production of Bach’s St John Passion in Krakow. 

Projects of the 2021/22 season included many concert programmes with the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Concerto Copenhagen under Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Kammermusiksaal in Berlin. Tomáš toured with a new production of Handel’s Alcina with Collegium 1704 under Václav Luks to Brno, Versailles and Caen.

His many recordings include such rarities as the Missa Votiva and the Lamentationes Jeremiae Profetae by the great Bohemian master Jan Dismas Zelenka, a CD with works by the early baroque Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Collegium 1704, and Leoš Janáček’s Moravian Folk Songs.

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