Peter Mikuláš


Slovak bass Peter Mikuláš studied at the National Conservatory in Brati-slava, where he was a student of Viktória Stracenská. He won the Dvor?ák Competition in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) in 1978, and, in 1982, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, as well as the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Helsinki two years later. In 1978 Mikuláš became a member of the Slovak National Theater Ensemble, making his debut there as Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème; he maintains a close relationship with this company. Since 1980 he has appeared regularly at the National Theater in Prague and has also performed abroad, for example at the Berlin Staatsoper as well as in Vienna, Salzburg, Leipzig, Lisbon, Madrid, Liverpool, and Tokyo. Highlights of his career include appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, where he sang Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust in 1990, and at the Opera di Roma, which engaged him in 1994 as the Water Goblin in Dvorák’s Rusalka. Mikuláš sings a repertoire that additionally includes such Mozart roles as Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Sarastro (The Magic Flute), bel canto operas by Rossini and Donizetti, Daland in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, and of course such Russian works as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. As a concert singer Mikuláš has worked with the Czech and Slovak Philharmonics, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; he has performed at the Prague Spring, the Salzburg Festival, and the BBC Proms in London, as well as at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) appearance: on 3 September 1996, in Dvorák’s Biblical Songs, as part of a concert with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jirí Belohlávek.

March 2012