Jan Berlík

24 May 1892 Tábor – 27 December 1972 Prague

Berlík as Cavaradossi

Born Jan Brdlík, he was the son of a wealthy miller who was a patron of several musicians. Jan studied agricultural engineering in Brno and obtained a diploma in 1923; only after that, he studied voice in Prague with Moritz Wallerstein, Carl Emerich and Egon Fuchs. He started his career in December 1924 in concert (Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), but was to sing primarily opera: in Brno (where he made his debut as Alfredo) and Bratislava (1925), at the National Theater in Prague (1926), in Hamburg (1927–30), and again at the National Theater Prague, from 1931 to 1940. Guest appearances in Zagreb, Berlin (Staatsoper), Amsterdam, Warsaw and in the Czechoslovak provinces. Because of health issues, he left the operatic stage early, but continued to sing in public until 1957.

From 1951 to 1959, he taught voice at the Prague conservatory, and was quite successful: among his pupils were tenors Miroslav Frydlewicz, Viktor Koči and Jiří Olejniček as well as bass-baritone Antonín Švorc and basso Jan Kyzlink.

Berlík's most important roles were Jeník, Don José, Alfredo, Don Carlo, Rodolfo or Cavaradossi. In the Hamburg world premiere of Das Wunder der Heliane by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (7 October 1927), he sang the Young man.

Picture source and reference

Jan Berlík singsTosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen

Jan Berlík singsTosca: Und es blitzten die Sterne

Jan Berlík singsPagliacci: Hüll dich in Tand nur

Jan Berlík singsLa bohème: Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen

Jan Berlík singsRigoletto: La donna è mobile, in Czech
In RA format

Parlophon/Odeon, Berlin, 13 October 1927
2-20407   Tosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen                   unpublished
2-20407-2 Tosca: Wie sich die Bilder gleichen           	O-6590
2-20408	  Tosca: Und es blitzten die Sterne               	O-6590
2-20409   Bohème: Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen             	P-9198
2-20410   Pagliacci: Jetzt spielen				P-9198
34330	  Rigoletto: Freundlich blick' ich			B11005, B12202
34331	  Rigoletto: O wie so trügerisch			B11005, B12202
Reference for the discography: Gesellschaft für historische Tonträger, Wien

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