Canadian baritone Alexander Hajek has made a mark worldwide with frequent engagements in both Europe and North America. Most recently he reprised the role of Lt. Gordon in Silent Night with the Atlanta Opera, Baron Zeta in Die Lustige Witwe for the Edmonton Opera and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, which he performed again in March with the Richard Eaton Singers. He completed the 2016-2017 season Germont père in La traviata for Stadttheater Giessen, and Yuri in Tapestry Opera’s Oksana G. In the coming season he is featured in Giessen in Don Giovanni and La forza del destino and appears in Aida for Halle. Further projects take him to Dresden, Bergen and Athens.
Mr. Hajek spent the last several seasons in Germany singing with the renowned Semperoper in Dresden. His roles there have included Schaunard in La bohème, Don Fernando in Fidelio, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro and Der Wirt in Königskinder by Humperdinck. He has also appeared with Oper Stuttgart singing Melot in Tristan und Isolde and Ottokar in Der Freischütz. In previous seasons with Semper Oper Dresden, he sang Leporello in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and Dr. Falke in die Fledermaus. Further credits include the Royal Opera House in Muskat (Don Pasquale), Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment for Seattle Opera and Lt. Gordon in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Silent Night.
An alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble and a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music, Hajek has appeared at international venues with notable performances for Presidents, Prime Ministers, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI (World Youth Day celebrations, Germany and the Vatican).
Concert highlights include Brahms’ Requiem with Stiftsmusik Stuttgart, Messiah (Brott Music Festival), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, the Fauré Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, Ziesl’s Ebraico and Stravinsky’s Mass, the last at Carnegie Hall. Awards include first prizes from the Oratorio Society of New York, the Liederkranz Competition and the George London Foundation.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
|Burry||Jacob Grimm||THE BROTHERS GRIMM|
|Donizetti||Sulpice||LA FILLE DU REGIMENT|
|Janáček||Small Convict||FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD|
|Krenek||Narrator||THE SECRET KINGDOM|
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Poulenc||Le Directeur||LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS|
|Gianni Schicchi||GIANNI SCHICCHI|
|Prokofiev||Denisov/Balaga||WAR AND PEACE|
|Ravel||Don Inigo Gomez||L’HEURE ESPANOLE|
|Smetana||Micha||THE BARTERED BRIDE|
|Strauss, R.||Harlekin/Musiklehrer||ARIADNE OF NAXOS|
|Stravinsky||The Emperor||LE ROSSIGNOL|
|Tchaikovsky||Eugene Onegin||EUGENE ONEGIN|
|Verdi||Marchese d’Obigny||DON CARLOS|
|Paolo Albiani||SIMON BOCCANEGRA|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor|
|Dona Nobis Pacem
“His engaging combination of avuncular congeniality and dictatorial sternness marked Canadian baritone Alexander Hajek, in his Seattle Opera debut, as a singer to watch.”
Opera Canada- Robert Jordan
“Also first-rate was baritone Alexander Hajek, from Toronto, Canada. He impressed in his Seattle debut with both his singing and comedic acting. His voice is ample and attractive; it seems to do whatever he wants it to. The role of Sulpice is actually fairly large, and Hajek delivered it with ease and delight.”
SGN A&E Writer – Rod Parke
“It was no small feat for this Don to hold his own against the hilarious, inventive Leporello portrayed by Alexander Hajek (a cool devil of a Gianni Schicchi on this same stage last season). Hajek can bring down the house with a monosyllable (an eloquent “Sì” in response to his master) and can hold it entranced through the extended catalogue aria, in which he deployed a modest-sized baritone with impressive dexterity.”
Opera News – David J. Baker
“The star of any Gianni Schicchi is Schicchi himself, sung Friday night by baritone Alexander Hajek. Delightfully smarmy as one of Concepción’s lovers in L’Heure Espangnole, he was all gritty charm and authority, like a Brooklyn cab driver, in Gianni Schicchi. Although his bio and his singing bring to mind more lyric baritone qualities, Mr. Hajek seemed very comfortable – gleeful, in fact – acting a basso buffo role. I expect to hear more of him in the future.”
Opera Pulse – David Browning
“Alexander Hajek, playing the jester, is also vocally powerful, and encapsulates the dual nature of this wise comedian perfectly.”
Bachtrack – Matthew Lynch [Das geheime Königreich, Semperoper Dresden]
“Baritone Alexander Hajek had an excellent opening scene, vocally assured and convincing.”
Globe and Mail – Ken Winters
“Baritone Alexander Hajek as Guglielmo is one to watch with his creamy, romantic, Italianate sound.”
Classical 96.3 FM – Paula Citron
“Baritone Alexander Hajek, in his second season (COC), was the best of the men with a ringingly sung Champagne Aria. He was also most at ease in front of an audience…his is the voice suited for princely roles.”
La Scena Musical – Joseph So
“Baritone Alexander Hajek’s Marcello was engaging and stylishly sung…”
La Scene Musical – Joseph So
“…the only one with clear, steady and unstressed control…he has a solid spinning, velvety sound, which he used with unaffected humour and pathos…”
Globe and Mail – Ken Winters
“…the freshness and intimacy of the space makes it easy to appreciate all the gamin charm Hajek brings to his performance…”
Sun Media – John Coulbourn
‘La Forza del Destino’ at Stadttheater-Giessen
Baritone, Alexander Hajeck, returns to Germany to sing with the Stadttheater-Giessen in their latest production of Verdi’s La Forza de Destino. Performances run FEB 225, MAR 03, 11 & APR 07, 2018.
‘Forbidden’ at Tapestry Opera
Alexander Hajeck is excited to join Tapestry Opera for their premier production of Canadian composer Afarin Mansouri’s ‘Forbidden’. Performances run FEB 08 – 11, 2018 at the Ernest Balmer Studio, in the Historic Distillery District, Toronto.
‘Aida’ at Bruehnen-Halle Opera
Baritone, Alexander Hajeck joins the Bruehnen-Halle Opera in their latest production of Verdi’s Aida. JAN 20, 28, MAR, 04, 24, & APR 11, 20, 2018, at the Great Hall, Hall, Germany.
“Hai gia vinta la causa” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart