Richard Novák

Richard Novák graduated from the Brno Conservatoire (1955) and is laureate of vocal competitions in Toulouse (1961) and Dutch Hertogenbosch (1962). In 1954 he was engaged as a soloist with the State Theatre in Ostrava opera ensemble and later on was engaged by the Janáček Opera in Brno.

Richard Novák was part of the dramaturgically highly praised era of the Brno opera. Of the Czech authors he studied the work by Bedřich Smetana (complete opera work), Bohuslav Martinů (The Comedy on the Bridge, The Voice of the Forest, Alexandre Bis and Julietta, he sang the parts of Grigoris and Fotis in the Czech premiere of The Greek Passion), Leoš Janáček (Dikoi in Katya Kabanova, Kolenatý in The Macropulos Case and especially Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen). The role of Forester became his trademark and in 2004 he celebrated his career's 50th anniversary in this role at the Janáček Theatre. Of international authors he studied the work by G. Rossini, W. A. Mozart, G. Verdi, S. Prokofiev and A. Berg.


He appeared as a guest performer in Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Kolenatý in The Macropulos Case) and the Salzburger Festspiele (From the House of the Dead under the baton of Claudio Abbado), in Paris, Madrid and Venice (The Cunning Little Vixen).

Richard Novák was also valued by many contemporary authors who wrote some of the compositions for him. He is a master of interpreting song cycles and still often interprets great oratories in cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Václav Neumann. Well-known are especially his interpretations of Verdi's Requiem and Janáček's Glagolitic Mass recorded with the conductor Ch. Mackerras for Supraphon and for DECCA under the guidance by R. Chaily. In 2001 he was awarded the Thalia Prize for life's achievement.



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