born May 12th, 1936
Jurij Reja was a leading tenor of the Ljubljana Opera House
from 1974 to 1998. His repertory included: Il barbiere di Siviglia,
Oedipus rex, Manon, Prodaná nevěsta, Lucia di Lammermoor,
La bohème, Fra Diavolo, Dimitrij, Simpleton and Shuiskij in Boris
Godunov, Don Carlo, L'elisir d'amore, Werther and Faust.
In his early career, he was also a "pop singer" – but in
the best sense of the word like the old French chanson
singers, for example Tino Rossi, Charles Trenet and so on. Reja
studied singing at the Ljubljana Academy of Music,
after the graduation there, he also studied with Anton
Dermota and Ksenija Vidali (who was, much later, also
the teacher of Janez Lotrič).
I wish to thank Martin Ramor for the biographical notes.
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recording (Večerni hlad).