ŠIMON SVITOK - barytón


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. At the present he also holds the post of artistic director of the opera, to which he was appointed by the director of the State Opera Banská Bystrica in August 2011.

            So far he staged over 60 operas, operettas and musical characters, mainly the title ones and performed more than 700 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.

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 six-time holder of the “People´s Choice Award” of the State Opera as the most popular opera soloist.

He is one of the main organizers and drama advisers of the new opera festival OPERALIA BANSKÁ BYSTRICA, which takes place in Banská Bystrica since 2015. 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.