Peter Dvorsky in Madama Butterfly
In RA Format
I would like to thank Thomas Silverbörg for the recording.
Peter Dvorsky, born 1951 Partizanske, Slovakia studied singing at the Bratislava Conservatoire and was a
student of Professor Ida Cernecka. He started to sing at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava in 1972,
while still a
student. He made his debut in Eugene Onegin (Lenski). On the way up the top he collected more than a
few singing competition. In 1973 he was the winner of a singing competition named after Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky in
Trnava; in 1974 he won the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow ; in 1975 he won the International Competition
in Geneva; and in 1976 he received the title of Laureate at International Tribune of Young Performers
(UNESCO) at the Bratislava Music Festival.
After that he went to study at Milan's La Scala with professors Renata Carosio and Giuseppe Lugga.
Then his career began: Vienna Staatsoper (Der Rosenkavalier), Munich (Rigoletto), Cologne and the
MET (La Traviata), Bolshoi Moscow and Zürich (Werther), Rodolfo (La Bohème) at La Scala
Cotrubas under Carlos Kleiber, Arena di Verona as Alfredo (La Traviata) with Katia Ricciarelli as Violetta.
As Rodolfo he appeared also at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Mirella Freni as Mimi (1980),
who was also his partner during the tour of La Scala to Japan in 1981. Ten years later came Gustavo in Un ballo
in Maschera, Houston Grand Opera, Don Alvaro in La forza del Destino, Vienna State Opera, Maurizio in Adriana
Lecouvreur at La Scala and Puccini's Tosca (Cavaradossi) at the Salzburg Festival.
His is a tenor, called 'sunny tenor', which is characterized by soft, elastic tone, warm timbre and musicality.
It shines with high tones, displaying both lyrical charm and drama. The cities he toured include Munich, KÖln,
London, Kiev, Linz, Verona, Zürich, Moscow, Tokyo, Dortmund, Las Palmas, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris,
Florence, Venice, Prague, Chicago, Monte Carlo, Houston, Macerata, Bologna, Catania etc.
He is also very involved every year with the "International Music Festival of Peter Dvorsky" in the Czech
town of Jaromerice nad Rokytnou.
His repertoire consists of: Puccini - Tosca (Cavaradossi), Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton), La Bohème
(Rodolfo), Manon Lescaut (Des Grieux), Verdi - La forza del Destino (Don Alvaro), Un ballo in Maschera
(Gustavo III), Macbeth (Macduff), Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu), Leos Janacek - Jenufa (Laca),
Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Canio), Francesco Cilea - Adriana Lecouvreur (Maurizio), P. I. Tchaikovsky -
Eugene Onegin (Lenski), and oratorios by Antonin Dvorak - Requiem, Stabat Mater, Verdi - Requiem.
I wish to thank Michal Pekárek for the picture, recording and biographical notes.