Alexander Hajek

Baritone

 

Alexander Hajek

Baritone

 

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 will perform again in March with the Richard Eaton Singers. His coming season includes Germont père in La traviata for the Stadttheater Giessen, and Yuri in Tapestry Opera’s Oksana G.

Mr. Hajek spent the last several seasons in Germany singing with the renowned Semperoper in Dresden. His most recent roles in Dresden 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 recent credits include the Royal Opera House in Muskat (Don Pasquale), Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment for the Seattle Opera, and Lieutenant 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, Mr. 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.

March 2017

Opera

Beethoven
Bizet
Don Fernando
Morales
FIDELIO
CARMEN
Britten Vicar
Quince/Demetrius/Starveling
ALBERT HERRING
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Burry Jacob Grimm THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Davies Hans KOMMILITONEN!
Donizetti Sulpice LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
Floyd
Gazzaniga
Elder McLean
Pasquariello
SUSANNAH
DON GIOVANNI
Gluck Hidraot ARMIDE
Janáček Small Convict FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
Krenek Narrator THE SECRET KINGDOM
Leoncavallo Silvio PAGLIACCI
Mozart Don Giovanni/Leporello
Guglielmo
Count Almaviva
DON GIOVANNI
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Poulenc Le Directeur LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS
Puccini Marcello/Schaunard LA BOHÈME
  Gianni Schicchi GIANNI SCHICCHI
  Sciarrone TOSCA
Prokofiev Denisov/Balaga WAR AND PEACE
Ravel Don Inigo Gomez L’HEURE ESPANOLE
Rossini Alidoro LA CENORENTOLA
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

 

Concert

Bach Coffee Cantata
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Duruflé Requiem

Fauré

Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Theresienmesse
Mozart Mass in C minor
Palestrina Magnificat
Vaughan Williams
Ziesl
Dona Nobis Pacem
Ebraico Requiem

 

“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

 

Listen

“Hai gia vinta la causa” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart

NEWS

Alexander Hajek appears as the baritone soloist in Haydn’s Creation with the Richard Eaton Singers. He can be heard, alongside soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, on March 31.

https://richardeatonsingers.com

ATLANTA OPERA


Alexander Hajek sings the role of Lt. Gordon for Atlanta Opera for their production fall 2016.
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