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Emil BURIAN

(*12.12.1876, Rakovník - ✝9.10.1926, Prague)

Czech opera singer - baritone

Brother of the tenor Karel Burian, father of composer and director Emil František Burian.

He studied in Prague at the Pivoda School of Vocalists, and later with Moritz Wallerstein. In 1895, he began his career as an actor in the Pištěk Theatre Society, which performed in Brno and Prague. Between 1898 and 1899, he worked in Pilsen, form 1900 to 1902 in Zagreb, form 1902 to 1904 in Pilsen, then from 1904 to 1906 in Freiburg. From 1900, he was the guest singer at the National Theatre in Prague, where he was engaged from 1906 to 1926 with some break between 1908 and 1909 when he performed in Dresden, Hamburg and from 1919 to 1920 in Budapest.

He has a flexible tenor-baritone with perfect diction in many languages. He was also an excellent interpreter of Czech operas by Smetana, Dvořák, Fibich and Janáček. He was also educated in Italian opera i.e. Don Giovanni in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Almaviva in Mozart's Figaro's Wedding, Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, but he mastered the full repertoire of 19th century including Wagner (Telramund in Lohengrin, Amfortas in Parsifal) and others. He was also a famous interpreter of songs especially by Schubert, Dvořák, Mahler and Czech folklore.

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