Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka made his Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Masetto (Don Giovanni). He returns in the 2016/17 Season as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore).
Plachetka grew up in Prague and studied at the Prague Conservatory. He won first prize in the 2005 Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition and that year made his professional debut at the Prague National Theatre. In the 2010/11 Season he joined the ensemble of Vienna State Opera, where his roles have included Herald (Lohengrin), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Count Almaviva and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Schaunard (La bohème) and Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos). Engagements elsewhere include Mozart’s Figaro for Salzburg Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and the Prague National Theatre, Belcore and Masetto for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Masetto for Berlin State Opera, Don Giovanni for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Roberto (La finta giardiniera) for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) for La Scala, Milan.
Plachetka performs with all the leading Czech orchestras. Engagements include with the Czech Philharmonic in their New Year’s Day concert and in the closing concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra’s 80th season. His recordings include solo discs of Handel arias and Dvořák songs.