Czech tenor Pavel Cernoch makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Boris Grigorjevic (Katya Kabanova).
Cernoch was born in Brno, and began singing as a child, as a member of the Cantilena Chamber Choir. He studied singing at the Janácek Academy in Brno and with Paolo de Napoli (his current teacher) in Italy. Since his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in 2009 as Števa (Jenufa) he has appeared with leading European opera companies. His appearances include Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra), Prince in Rusalka (Paris, Glyndebourne, Naples, Athens), Don Carlos (Hamburg State Opera, Paris), Don José in Carmen (Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Prague), Boris Grigorjevic (Berlin State Opera, Stuttgart Opera), Gounod’s Faust (Helsinki), Vladimir in Prince Igor (Dutch National Opera), Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra (Nice, Opéra de Lyon), Likov in The Tsar's Bride (La Scala, Milan, Berlin State Opera), Faust in La Damnation de Faust (Rome Opera, Stuttgart), Laca Klemen in Jenufa (Stuttgart), and Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca (Athens). In 2016, he sang the title role in Franco Faccios's Amleto at the Bregenz Festival in its first major revival in more than a century.
In concert, Cernoch has sung with orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and appeared at festivals including Bergen Festival and the BBC Proms. He has worked with conductors including Barenboim, Dutoit, Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko and Rattle. His concert repertory includes Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass and Verdi’s Requiem.