“… muscular, malevolent… and honey-toned…” [bachtrack.com]
Since 2005 baritone Tomas Kral has appeared with many of the best-known European ensembles, including Collegium Vocale Gent, La Venexiana, Vox Luminis, Holland Baroque, B’Rock Orchestra, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, and Musica Florea. He has performed at the Prague Spring Festival, the Dresdner and Salzburger Festspiele, the festivals of La Chaise-Dieu, Ambronay, and Sablé, and the Early Music Festivals in Bruges and Utrecht, while other venues have included the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Wigmore Hall, and BOZAR in Brussels.
His wide-ranging opera roles include Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Ottokar (Der Freischütz), Uberto (La serva padrona), Giove (Cavalli La Calisto), Ernesto (Il mondo della luna), Apollo (Monteverdi Orfeo, Handel Apollo e Dafne), and the title-role in Suppe’s Boccaccio. He notably took part in the extraordinary staging of Bach’s St John Passion directed by Pierre Audi for Dutch National Opera, and of Mozart’s Requiem at the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen and Theater Giessen, where he also took the title-role in a rare production of Telemann’s version of Handel’s Riccardo Primo.
In 2017 Tomas was invited by the Halle Händel Festspiele to sing Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, and during the 2017/18 season performed Purcell’s King Arthur at the Aldeburgh Festival, Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the Vienna Musikverein, B-minor Massfor Václav Luks at the Maison Symphonique in Montréal, Monteverdi’s Vespers with Gli Angeli Genève under Stephan MacLeod, Bach’s and Kuhnau’s Magnificat settings directed by Benjamin Bayl in Antwerp, Ghent, and The Hague, Clistene (Vivaldi/L’Olimpiade) with Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with Il Gardellino under Peter Van Heyghen. In a new collaboration with Raphaël Pichon and his Ensemble Pygmalion, he performed several of Bach’s cantatas and the role of Jesus in the St John Passion in concerts throughout France. He begins the 2018/19 season with his role-début as Starek in Janacek’s Jenufa at the Opéra de Dijon.
His many recordings include such rarities as the Missa Votiva and the Lamentationes Jeremiae Profetaeby the great Bohemian master Jan Dismas Zelenka, a CD of rarities by the early baroque Polish composer Marcin Mielczewski, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Collegium 1704, and Leos Janacek’s Moravian Folk Songs.
Chvalte Boha silného (Zelenka)
Osamĕlý - Bože moj, Otče moj
Moravian Folk Songs (Janáček)
M. Mielczewski, Various
Moravian Folk Songs
Lamentations Jeremiae Prophetae
J. D. Zelenka