JAKA MIHELAČ
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Born in 1994, Slovenian baritone Jaka Mihelač studied at the Music Academy Ljubljana with Prof. Matjaž Robavs.

In 2019/20, he joined the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Berlin, where his roles so far include Marullo/Rigoletto, Dancaïro/Carmen, Notar/Der Rosenkavalier, Perückenmacher/Ariadne auf Naxos, Varsonofyev/Khovanshchina, 2nd Philistine/Samson et Dalila, Fiorillo/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sciarrone/Tosca, Don Alfonso in Jobst Liebrecht’s La Piccola Cubana and the title role in Georg Friedrich Haas’ Thomas. Later this season, he will appear as Kilian/Der Freischütz, conducted by Alexander Soddy, and as Sid/Fanciulla del West, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Engagements prior to him joining Staatsoper Berlin include a staged version of Orff's Carmina Burana, produced by Christoph Hagel, in Berlin, the Meistersängerhalle in Nuremberg and the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Ottokar/Der Freischütz at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Yamadori/Madama Butterfly at the Slovene National Opera in Ljubliana and Valentin/Faust at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. He has also premiered new operas by Dušan Bavdek, Aleš Makovac und Tom Kobe.

Jaka Mihelač’s concert repertoire ranges from Bach’s Passions to works by Britten and Michael Tippett. He has performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the orchestras of the Gran Teatre Liceu, Teatro Real Madrid and Slovene National Theatres Maribor and Ljubliana, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Slovenian Phillharmonic orchestra, the Orchestra of Radio Serbia and worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Ruzicka, Thomas Guggeis, Massimo Zanetti and Alessandro De Marchi and directors such as Claus Guth, Alvis Hermanis, Bart Sher and Martin Kušej.

Jaka Mihelač has won several awards, including 1st prize in the 2016 Slovenian national singing competition, 1st prize and Mozart prize in the 2017 Ferruccio Tagliavini competition, the Wil Keune prize in the 2018 Belvedere Competition and 4th prize in the 56th Francisco Viñas competition in Barcelona in 2019.

In 2021/22, he will give his house debut at Opera National de Montpellier as Marullo, perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Slovenian Philharmonic and return to Staatsoper Berlin as a guest for a world premiere, as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and in the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
 
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Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BizetCarmenDancaïro
DonizettiL'elisir d'amoreBelcore
DonizettiDon PasqualeMalatesta
GounodFaustValentin
HaasThomas Thomas
MozartLe nozze di FigaroConte Almaviva
MozartDon GiovanniDon Giovanni
MozartCosi fan tutteGuglielmo
MozartDie ZauberflötePapageno
PucciniLa fanciulla del WestSid
RossiniIl barbiere di SivigliaFiorello, Figaro
RossiniLa CenerentolaDandini
Saint-SaënsSamson et DalilaSecond Philistine
StraussSalomeErster Nazarener
StraussDer RosenkavalierNotar
TchaikovskyEugene OneginEugene Onegin
VerdiRigolettoMarullo
WeberDer FreischützOttokar, Kilian
Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BachJohannes-Passion
BachWeihnachts-Oratorium
BachMatthäus-Passion
BachCantata BWV 82 'Ich habe genug'
BrahmsEin deutsches Requiem
BrittenWar Requiem
FauréRequiem
HandelMessiah
HaydnDie Schöpfung
HaydnDie Jahreszeiten
MahlerLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MahlerKindertotenlieder
MahlerLieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MahlerRückert-Lieder
OrffCarmina Burana
Saint-SaënsOratorio de Noël
TippettA Child or Our Time

JAKA MIHELAC: G. Mahler, Ich hab' ein glühend Messer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

E.W. Korngold, Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen (Die tote Stadt)

R. Schumann, Waldesgespräch, op.39/3

Jaka Mihelač

Jaka Mihelač

credit: Drazen Stader

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