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Sam Smerkolje Award 2017

Branko Robinšak

About Branko

Tenor Branko Robinšak, champion of SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, studied solo singing in the class of Eva Novšak Houška at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.

He studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (prof. Sena Jurinac), and studied the Italian and French repertoire with the Italian tenor Franco Corelli. Already during his studies, he was engaged as a soloist at the Ljubljana Opera, where in 1983 he made his debut as Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute, for which he received the Prešeren Prize of the University of Ljubljana.

In 1987, he was a guest at the Salzburg State Theatre. This was his first international engagement. In 1991, he appeared in Wiener Sommer as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), which the critics assessed as a "discovery". In the same summer, he attended a seminar in Vienna led by the famous Italian tenor Franco Corelli with his wife Loretta, which marked an important turning point in Robinšak's career both technically and in terms of repertoire. After a good year of hard and persistent study under the mentorship of the Corelli couple, he managed to sign an engagement for a "more demanding" repertoire. This was followed by guest appearances on the stages of all major European opera houses (in Frankfurt, Munich, Leipzig, Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz, Gdansk, Zagreb, Bern, Trieste, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Madrid...). He also performed at the most important international music festivals (Salzburg Summer Festival, Mozart's Festive Weeks, Vienna Summer, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Split Summer, Bratislava Festival).

In the 2000/2001 season, he became a regular member and champion of SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana for the second time, where he performed in all the major tenor roles: Faust, Manrico (Trubadur), Lenski (Evgenij Onegin), Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), Pollione ( Norma), Radames (Aida), André Chénier, Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rudolf (La bohème), The Prince (Rusalka), Ishmael (Nabucco), Jernej (Capital of Love), Erik (The Flying Dutchman), Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Riccardo (Dance in Masks), Herodes (Saloma), Don José (Carmen), Otello (Otello).

In the 2008/2009 season, he performed in Cairo as Manrico in Verdi's Troubadour. He recorded several CDs and in 2011 received an award from the Prešeren Fund. In December 2013, he celebrated 30 years of his artistic activity as Rudolf in Puccini's La bohème.

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