Culture People

Stefan Margita

Tenor
Age: 61
Sign: Leo
Place of Birth: Košice

In Paris, London, Brussels, and Lyon,
Stefan Margita will perform the
part of Filka Morozov in Janáček’s
opera From the House of the Dead
(Z mrtvého domu). The Czech tenor
will return to San Francisco in 2018
to perform the part of Loge in The
Rhinegold (Das Rheingold). In 2020,
he will return to the Metropolitan
Opera in New York for the role of
Tichon in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová.

In order to gain something, you must work on yourself a lot.
I belong among those who do not whimper.
I don’t like it when people lie.
For everything in my life, I am grateful to my parents, for my
very existence in the world.
Unfortunately, we all are going to die one day.
To live means to love.

I like it when something makes every one of us happy.
I hope to be able to live a healthy life when I’m old .
Always strive to remember who helped you all of your life.
Always try to stay fair.

One must have as much money so as to not have to borrow
money.
I love Prague. It’s my home and the most beautiful city in the
world.
The best experts are the ones who are constantly improving
themselves.
Now I am worried about the anger and envy of people.
The secret to my success is diligence and modesty.

After his debut in the part of Loge in Wagner’s The Rhinegold (Das
Rheingold) in 2008 under Donald Runnicles in San Francisco, he
was quickly invited to sing the same part again in New York at the
Metropolitan Opera under Fabio Luisi, in a new 2012 production at
Bayerische Staatsoper under Kent Nagano, and in Amsterdam under
Hartmut Haenchen. He repeated the role in 2013 in Munich and in 2014
in Amsterdam and Houston.

Another signature role has become Shuisky in Boris Godunov, which
he previously performed in 2011 at Chicago Lyric Opera and in 2012
under Haenchen in Madrid. Furthermore, he portrayed Tambourmajor in
Wozzeck, which he introduced in Paris, in Rome, and in Berlin in 2013
under Daniel Barenboim, as well as playing Endrisi in Szymanowski’s
King Roger (Król Roger), both of which are important roles of his
current repertoire.

In 2015, he sang for the first time in the role of Valzacchi in a new production
of Der Rosenkavalier with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and staged by Brigitte Fassbender in
Baden-Baden.

In January 2018, Stefan gave his debut in the part of Captain Vere in
Britten’s Billy Budd at the National Theatre in Prague.
Stefan Margita was heard at festivals in Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Bregenz,
and Edinburgh as well as in opera houses and on concert stages in
Stuttgart, Leipzig, Trieste, Dallas, London, Madrid, Milan, Turin, Naples,
Bergamo, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt,
Basel, Paris, São Paulo, and Tokyo under conductors such as Claudio
Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Aldo Ceccato,
Lamberto Gardelli, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, Hartmut Haenchen,
János Kulka, Sir Charles Mackerras, John Neschling, Antonio Pappano,
and Zoltán Peskó, among others.

His concert repertoire contains mainly pieces by Mozart, Beethoven,
Mahler, Dvorak, and Bartok.
For 2018, this Czech opera tenor of Slovak origin is preparing a Christmas
tour with the X-MAS album, for which he was awarded an Ančerl
Gold Edition from Supraphon in 2017.