A great voice and fantastic stage animal, Czech bass baritone Adam Plachetka was discovered young and became a member of the Ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2010. He has performed many roles in Vienna including Don Giovanni, Dulcamara L`elisir d`amore, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Publio La clemenza di Tito, Mustafà L`Italiana in Algeri, Alidoro La Cenerentola, Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Dottor Malatesta Don Pasquale, Paolo Albiani Simon Boccanegra and Riccardo Forth I Puritani.
Adam performs regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, where he appeared this season as Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro and Garibaldo Rodelinda. Next season includes his return to London’s Wigmore Hall, Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro with Houston Grand Opera, and both Balstrode Peter Grimes and Leporello Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera.
Previously he has appeared with the Salzburger Festspiele (Benvenuto Cellini, Rusalka, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte); at the Metropolitan Opera (Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte); Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich (La Calisto); Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore); Festpielhaus Baden-Baden (Così fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito); Glyndebourne Festival (Le nozze di Figaro), Carnegie Hall, New York (Salome), Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin (Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro); Teatro alla Scala Milan (Così fan tutte); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte); Houston Grand Opera (Le nozze di Figaro) and Opéra national de Paris (La Cenerentola).
In concert Adam has performed at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Herkulessaal in Munich, in Stockholm and Graz, and at the Municipal House and Rudolfinum in Prague. He has collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, L`Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker and with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors including Marco Armiliato, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.
Mr. Plachetka’s Figaro is athletic, both in physical movement and vocal projection. In his solo aria, ”Largo al factotum,” Plachetka negotiates leaps and hurdles on the stage while at once soaring to top pitches with equivalent ease. His breath control yielded a final, sustained pitch of remarkable evenness.
Tall and sturdy with a bass-baritone that rattled the opera house rafters, Plachetka could have simply overwhelmed everyone else on stage. But in addition to his strong, flexible voice, he is a gifted actor.
The role of Figaro is brilliantly presented by accomplished Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. An outstanding singer and actor, Plachetka finds the best way to demonstrate Figaro’s energetic and merry personality.
Chicago Daily Herald