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Peter Mikuláš (Bass)

Born: Slovakia

The Slovak bass, Peter Mikuláš, completed his training as a singer at the National Music Conservatory of Bratislava. There he was a pupil of the teacher Viktoria Stracvenská. In 1977 he won the Dvorák Competition Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad). He was also a Winner with singing competitions in Moscow (1982) and Helsinki (1984).

In 1978 Peter Mikuláš made his debut at the Slovak National Theatre Bratislava and belonged to the prominent singers of this house. He sang there roles like Kezal in Verkauften Braut by Smetana, Dulcamara in Elisir d'amore, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra by Verdi, Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Zauberflöte, Wassermann (water man) in Rusalka by Dvorák and Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin. For his performance in the opera Svaetopluk by E. Suchonv he was honoured with the big prize of the Slovak Theatre Artists.

In addition, since 1980 Peter Mikuláš made guest appearances at the National Theatre of Prague, several times at the Berliner Staatsoper, and many more successful appearances on international level. Thus he sang in Berlin and Vienna, in Salzburg and Leipzig, in Lisbon and Madrid, in Liverpool and Tokyo and in the Italian music centres, among other things. In 1990 he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival as Mephisto in Faust by Charles Gounod, in 1994 at the Opera of Rome as Wassermann man in Rusalka by Dvorák.

The emphasis of his repertoire is on Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Zauberflöte, Gremin in Eugen Onegin, Daland in Fliegenden Holländer, as well as bel-canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti. He participated in the Spring Festival of Prague and the Carinthi Summer Festival.

As a concert singer Peter Mikuláš appeared primarily with the symphony orchestras of Czech and Slovakia in Prague and/or in Bratislava, whereby within the concert range he also mastered an extensive repertoire.

Recordings: Orfeo (Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Lhotsky in Osvud by Janácek), Supraphon (Mass in D major by Jan Dismas Zelenka, complete recording of the opera Dimitrij by A. Dvorák), Naxos (Così fan tutte), Discover (Stabat Mater by Dvorák, Verdi’s Requiem), ECM/Polygram (Mass in D major by von A. Dvorák), Koch/Schwann (Mass in E flat major by J.N. Hummel).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2004); Manfred Krugmann (Photos 01-02, July 2011)

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