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A native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, bass Matja Robavs completed his vocal education at the Vienna University for Music, where he also took Robert Holl’s classes in lieder. In 1998 he won the Cracow International Vocal Competition, and in 2000 he garnered two first prizes at the renowned s’Hertogenbosch Competition (for lied interpretation and as und als Best Singer overall). Since then Matja Robavs has been in demand at the Carinthian Summer Festival, the Wexford Opera Festival, the Antwerp Summer Opera Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and at the Festspielhaus in BadenBaden; he has also appeared at the Vienna Volksoper, the Theater an der Wien, and Frankfurt Opera and in Schwerin and Klagenfurt. His operatic repertoire includes such roles as Mozart’s Papageno and Guglielmo, Dottore Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème, and the title role in Jaromir Weinberger’s Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer; he has also recorded the last-named work on CD.