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First he studied under Anny Chrzová in Chrudim, then at opera school of J. L. Lukes in Prague. In 1882 he made his debut in Pragueas a concert singer. In 1883 he made his debut as comprimario (nightwatchman in ‘’Kolár Primátor’’) at the National Theatre and was so successful, that at the same year he made his second debut as Valentin in C. Gounod’s ‘’Faust’’. He was famous as Don Giovanni, which he also sang in 1887 in Prague. Already in 1885 he sang in Prague the role of Telramund in ‘’Lohengrin’’. In 1888 he appeared as Eugene Onegin in the Prager première of P. Tchaikovsky’s opera ‘’Eugene Onegin’’, which was directed by the composer itself. He took part at the national Theatre in Praguein several premieres of operas; he sang on 12. 2. 1889 in ‘’Der Jakobiner’’of A. Dvořák, on 31. 3. 1901 in ‘’Eva’’of J. B. Forester and on 31. 3. 1901 in ‘’Rusalka’’ of Dvořák. Later he worked in Pragueas a pedagogue. He was married to known Czech actress Hanna Benoni (1868-1922).
Chronology of some appearances
1883 Prague National Theatre Kolár Primátor (Nightwatchman)
1885 Prague National Theatre Lohengrin (Telramund)
1887 Prague National Theatre Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
1888 Prague National Theatre Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
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G&T, Praha 1906 Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Prolog 72195 3648L Tannhäuser (Wagner): Romance an den Abendstern 72146 3649L