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Beno BLACHUT

(*14.6.1913, Ostrava - ✝10.1.1985, Prague)

Czech opera singer - tenor

Originally an ironworker, Beno Blachut studied singing at the Prague Conservatory with Louis Kadeřábek, anda drama with Ferdinand Pujman. From 1939 to 1941 he was engaged in Olomouc where he debuted as Jeník in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. Between 1941 and 1985, he worked in the National Theatre in Prague where he was the first tenor many years. He began in the roles of lyrical tenor, but his excellent technique and his voice's dark sound quality allowed him to sing dramatic roles. Blachut was a well-balanced actor. He was rarely a guest singer on foreign stages (such as Vienna, Amsterdam, Helsinki), he preferred Czech stages and Czech operas such as Prince in Dvořák's Rusalka, Lukáš in Smetana's The Kiss, Laco in Janáček's  Jenůfa, Boris in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová, Mánek in Foerster's Eva, Kozina in Kovařovic's The Dogheads [Psohlavci] or Ondrej in Suchoň's Krútňava. He was also an excellent Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, Lenskij in Tchaikovsky's  Eugen Onegin, Otello or Radames in Verdi's Otello and Aida, Walter Stolzing and Erik in Wagner's Mastersingers of Nuremberg and The Flying Dutchman. At the end of his career, he preferred character and comic roles such as Benda in Dvořák's The Jacobin, Skřivánek in Smetana's The Secret, Michálek in Smetana's The Devil Wall. Brouček in The Excursions of Mr. Brouček by Janáček as well as others.

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