JAKA MIHELAČ
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Born in 1994, Slovenian baritone Jaka Mihelač studied at the Music Academy Ljubljana with Prof. Matjaž Robavs. He is the winner of the 1st prize in the 2016 Slovenian national singing competition, 1st prize and Mozart prize in the 2017 Ferruccio Tagliavini competition, the Wil Keune prize in the 2018 Belvedere Competition and 4th prize in the 56th Francisco Viñas competition.

Between 2019 and 2021, he was a member of the International Opera Studio at Staatsoper Berlin, where his roles included Marullo/Rigoletto, Dancaïro/Carmen, Notar/Der Rosenkavalier, Perückenmacher/Ariadne auf Naxos, Varsonofyev/Khovanshchina, 2nd Philistine/Samson et Dalila, Fiorillo/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Sciarrone/Tosca, Don Alfonso in Jobst Liebrecht’s La Piccola Cubana, Kilian/Der Freischütz and Sid/Fanciulla del West.

Most recently, Jaka Mihelač gave his house debut at Opera National de Montpellier as Marullo, performed Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Slovenian Philharmonic and returned to Staatsoper Berlin for the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' opera Sleepless, as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos and in the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He was also chosen to take part in the Académie du Festival Aix-en-Provence this summer.

Highlights in the season 2022-23 include his debut in the title role of Eugene Onegin for Slovenian National Opera, where he will also appear as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and a return to Staatsoper Berlin as Dancaïro in Carmen and for the title role in Georg Friedrich Haas’ Thomas.

Prior to joining the Opera Studio at Staatsoper Berlin he appeared in a staged version of Orff's Carmina Burana, produced by Christoph Hagel, in Berlin and the Meistersängerhalle in Nuremberg, as Ottokar/Der Freischütz at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Yamadori/Madama Butterfly at the Slovenian National Opera in Ljubliana and Valentin/Faust at the Slovenian National Theatre in Maribor. He has also premiered new operas by Dušan Bavdek, Aleš Makovac und Tom Kobe.

Jaka Mihelač’s concert repertoire ranges from Bach’s Passions to works by Britten and Michael Tippett. He has performed with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the orchestras of the Gran Teatre Liceu, Teatro Real Madrid and Slovene National Theatres Maribor and Ljubliana, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Slovenian Phillharmonic orchestra, the Orchestra of Radio Serbia and worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Peter Ruzicka, Thomas Guggeis, Massimo Zanetti and Alessandro De Marchi and directors such as Claus Guth, Alvis Hermanis, Bart Sher and Martin Kušej.
 
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Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BizetCarmenDancaïro
DonizettiL'elisir d'amoreBelcore
DonizettiDon PasqualeMalatesta
EötvösSleeplessFisherman 4
GounodFaustValentin
HaasThomas Thomas
MozartLe nozze di FigaroConte Almaviva
MozartDon GiovanniDon Giovanni
MozartCosi fan tutteGuglielmo
MozartDie ZauberflötePapageno
PucciniLa fanciulla del WestSid
RossiniIl barbiere di SivigliaFiorello, Figaro
RossiniLa CenerentolaDandini
Saint-SaënsSamson et DalilaSecond Philistine
StraussAriadne auf NaxosHarlekin
StraussSalomeErster Nazarener
StraussDer RosenkavalierNotar
TchaikovskyEugene OneginEugene Onegin
VerdiRigolettoMarullo
WeberDer FreischützOttokar, Kilian
Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BachJohannes-Passion
BachWeihnachts-Oratorium
BachMatthäus-Passion
BachCantata BWV 82 'Ich habe genug'
BrahmsEin deutsches Requiem
BrittenWar Requiem
FauréRequiem
HandelMessiah
HaydnDie Schöpfung
HaydnDie Jahreszeiten
MahlerLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MahlerKindertotenlieder
MahlerLieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MahlerRückert-Lieder
OrffCarmina Burana
Saint-SaënsOratorio de Noël
TippettA Child or Our Time

JAKA MIHELAC: G. Mahler, Ich hab' ein glühend Messer (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

E.W. Korngold, Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen (Die tote Stadt)

R. Schumann, Waldesgespräch, op.39/3

"Parmi les petits rôles, on distinguera, pasticulièrement, le Marullo du Slovène Jaka Mihelac [...]."
Opéra Magazine, G.Verdi, Rigoletto - Opéra national de Montpellier, October 2021

Jaka Mihelač

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Jaka Mihelač

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