Jakub PUSTINA as Erik

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Born in then Czechoslovakia in 1982, Jakub Pustina graduated at Secondary Technical School of Chemistry in 2001. In 2004 he started to study classical singing under the guidance of Vaclav Zitek who was the Grammy winner and leading soloist of the National Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic. In recent years he has been working with Peter Dvorsky and Gabriela Benackova.

Jakub was taught by Maestro Peter Dvorsky in Master classes in Piestany, Slovakia. He was awarded First Prize at the A. Dvorak International vocal competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. He has also been a winner of the First Prize at the I. Godine International vocal competition, Second Prize at M.S. Trnavsky International vocal competition and absolute winner of Pražský pevec, the International Opera Singing Competition of the Czech Republic.

Jakub has sung alongside Peter Dvorsky, Jose Cura, Eva Urbanova and Gabriela Benackova. In 2007 he made his baritone’s debut on the stage of the State Opera in Košice, Slovakia. Since 2011 he has been a permanent guest in the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and The State Opera Prague, Czech Republic. Nowadays, he performs as heldentenor and focuses on his Richard Wagner and Leoš Janáček repertoire. In summer 2015, he participated in the Wagner Master classes in Bayreuth (with Michelle Breedt) and performed at the closing Master classes’ concert during Bayreuth festival.

In September 2015, Jakub studied and performed the role of Canio (R. Leoncavallo – Pagliacci) in Panama. In October 2015 he took part in the Wagner Voices competition in Karlsruhe, where he reached the semi-final.

His tenor’s operatic repertoire includes Canio and Gabriel von Eisenstein (Strauss – Die Fledermaus) – performed in the Slovak National Theatre and National Theatre in Prague. Several concerts have included his repertoire from Wagner’s works.

Jakub’s baritone operatic repertoire includes Luna (Verdi – Il Trovatore), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin), Ambrosio (Weber – Die drei Pintos), baritone part (Orff – Carmina Burana), Alfio (Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana), Enrico (Donizetti – Lucia di Lammermoor), Escamilio (Bizet – Carmen), Germont (Verdi – La Traviata), Valentin (Gounod – Faust), Belcore (Donizetti -L ‘Elisir d Amore)

His international performances took Jakub to Australia, Luxembourg, Denmark, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Poland, France, Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Hungary, Panama, Austria and New Zealand. He has performed at the W.A.Mozart International Festival (Salzburg) and Peter Dvorsky International Festival (Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou)