Vojtech Šafarík

Samling Artist Programme: 2008

Vojtech Šafarík, baritone, was born in the Czech Republic. He graduated from Prague State Music Conservatory before continuing on to the Benjamin Britten International Opera School (BBIOS) at the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Timothy Evans-Jones.

His operatic roles include Leporello Don Giovanni under Kirill Petrenko at the International Opera Studio, Komische Oper Berlin, Badger/Parson The Cunning Little Vixen at Woodhouse, Father The Jewel Box for Bampton Classical Opera, Marte La Contesa dei Numi for International Music Festival Ceský Krumlov, and Mozart’s Masetto and Vítezslav Novák’s Vrchní in Lucerna, Czech Republic. For the BBIOS, operatic roles have included Forester The Cunning Little Vixen, Mozart’s Count Almaviva, Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea and Mercurio Atalanta.

Vojtech appears frequently as a concert soloist. Recent engagements include Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at the Festival Aix-en-Provence under William Christie and previously also under Sir Roger Norrington with Camerata Salzburg, Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach at Cadogan Hall for the RCM 2008 Rising Stars Series, Brahms’s Requiem under Leif Segerstam, Mozart’s Mass in C minorunder Sir Charles Mackerras, the title role in Handel’s Saul under Paul Spicer, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea, Faurè’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the London Mozart Players and Czech Christmas Mass in Cadogan Hall with the Southbank Sinfonia and Simon Over.

Vojtech is very grateful for being awarded the Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship for 2008/09. He is also a Samling Artist and the second prize winner of the Clonter Opera Prize 2008. He has been generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.