Andrej Kucharsky

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Zilina, Slovakia, on 06/01/1932. He studied at the Music School of Bratislava under Emmerich von Godin . His debut at the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava was in the role of Lensky [Eugene Onegin] (1956). He worked for the same theater since then. He went to the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome on a state scholarship to study the roles from the operas of Verdi and Puccini under Tito Schipa and Tullio Serafin. He frequently sang at the Prague National Theater and was member of the Dortmund Opera. He was deeply knowledgeable of the Russian repertory, Russian being his native language and because of his collaborations with the Theatre Union of the Russian Federation (Bolshoi Theater of Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev). He was awarded with the “Tchaikovsky” prize for his role as Hermann [Dama Pica]. He sang at the German Operas of Berlin and the Rhein, the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera [Boris Godunov] (1978), the Grand Liceu Barcelona, Belgrade, Sofia, Lodz (Poland), Warsaw, Budapest, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Nuremberg, Kassel, Manheim, Basel and Geneva. His broad repertory ranges from lyric to “heroic” roles for a tenor: Idomeneo [Idomeneo, re di Creta], Tamino The magic Flute/ Die Zauberflote], Don Jose [Carmen], Lorenzo [Fra Diavolo] by Daniel Auger etc. He taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (1987-2004) and passed on to his students his passion for for and experience of the slav vocal music in opera and singing. He established a specific class on the subject. He made two appearances with the GNO, both as Otello in the opera of the same name (1977/78, 1978/79).