BiographyBorn in 1994, Slovenian baritone Jaka Mihelač studied at the Music Academy Ljubljana with Prof. Matjaž Robavs. He is the winner of the 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.
Between 2019 and 2021, he was a member of the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Berlin, where his roles included 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, Kilian/Der Freischütz and Sid/Fanciulla del West.
More recently, Jaka Mihelač gave his house debut at Opera National de Montpellier as Marullo, performed Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Slovenian Philharmonic and returned to Staatsoper Berlin for the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ opera Sleepless, as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and in the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He was also chosen to take part in the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence last summer.
Highlights in the season 2022-23 include his debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin for Slovenian National Opera, where he will also appear as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and a return to Staatsoper Berlin as Dancaïro in Carmen and for the title role in Georg Friedrich Haas’ Thomas.
Prior to joining the Opera Studio at Staatsoper Berlin he appeared in a staged version of Orff’s Carmina Burana, produced by Christoph Hagel, in Berlin and the Meistersängerhalle in Nuremberg, as Ottokar/Der Freischütz at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Yamadori/Madama Butterfly at the Slovenian National Opera in Ljubliana and Valentin/Faust at the Slovenian 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.
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