ŠIMON SVITOK - barytón

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Slovak Bariton. He studied opera singing at the Music and Dance Faculty of the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava under the leading of Prof. Vlasta Hudecová. During his studies he worked with Slovak artistic agency Slovkoncert with which he attended many concert performances. They were followed by cooperation with the Chamber Opera Bratislava and Vienna Kammer Oper. In 1994 he was engaged at the State Opera in Banská Bystrica, where he still works as one of the foremost soloist. From August 2011 he also holds the post of artistic director of the opera.

            So far he staged over 70 operas, operettas and musical characters, mainly the title ones and performed more than 800 performances, alongside opera stars such as Ľubica Vargicová, Jolana Fogašová, Adriana Kučerová, Jana Kurucová, Cristina Baggio, Agnieszka Zwierko, Štefan Kocán, Miroslav Dvoský, Pavol Breslík, etc.

He cooperated with the opera of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (Czech Republic), the State Opera Košice (SK),  opera of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (SK), the National Operetta Ion Dacian Bucharest (Romania), with Saint Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy (Russia) , the State Chamber Orchestra Žilina (SK)...

            In 2016 he had his Italian debut (Sanremo) as Germont in Verdi's La traviata alongside Linda Campanella as Violetta and Oreste Cosimo as Alfredo, conducted by Valter Borin.
On preparations of a new staging of Tosca he collaborated with conductor Fabio Mastrangelo.

                  In July 2017,  Šimon Svitok received an invitation as Germont to a historically 1st Opera Festival in the Arab world in Jordan. The opera was staged in AMMAN´S ROMAN THEATRE conducted by Lorenzo Tazzieri and directed by Luigi Rossi.

               In August 2017, he debuted as  Alfio in P. Mascagni opera  Cavalleria Rusticana at MUSICA FESTIVAL BELLUNA in Italy, alongside with Sofia Janelidze and Hector Lopez,  directed by  Alberto Paloscia and conducted by Dejan Savic and Eddi De Nadai

              In September 2017 he accepted an invitation from Macao International Music Festival in China,  where he performed in double role as Dumas and Schmidt in Turino production of opera Andrea Chenier by U. Giordano with Csilla Boross, Carlos Ventre, Roberto Frontali and a conductor Marco Guidarini.

                In April 2018, Šimon Svitok received an invitation as Monterone to the concert production of opera Rigoletto by G. Verdi in China. The opera was staged in Chengdu, with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra in international soloist cast.

He introduced himself to viewers in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Romania. He took part at nearly 30 tours over Japan, during which he presented himself to Japanese audience for example as Germont, Scarpia, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Boni, Danilo, etc. and he performed at many opera-operetta concerts. He worked with Slovak Radio and Slovak Television.

He is a laureate of many singing competitions, holder of Slovak awards for his portrayal of roles such as Papageno (W.A.Mozart: The Magic Flute), Sharpless (G.Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Onegin (P..I.Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Mozart (D.Dinková: Divine Amadeus) Oswald (D.Dinková: Verdi). He is a seven-time holder of the “People´s Choice Award” of the State Opera as the most popular opera soloist.

As a stage director and drama adviser he is involved in many successful and prestigious concerts. During his tenure as artistic director of the State Opera the opera has reached historically highest attendance and arised the close collaboration of the State Opera with the Opera Academy Verona. World famous Italian director - Maestro GIANFRANCO DE BOSIO attended Banská Bystrica to direct a new production of Donizetti´s opera Maria Stuarda.  Such world opera stars like Roberto Scandiuzzi, Yolanda Auyanet or Celso Albelo also performed in the State Opera Banská Bystrica.

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