Pavol Breslik

Pavol Breslik


• Born 1979


Slovak tenor Pavol Breslik gained wide attention in the first part of his career for his mastery of a variety of Mozart roles. As he has approached middle age, he has broadened his repertory to include dramatic parts as well as 20th century and contemporary opera. Breslik was born Pavol Bršlík in the town of Kysucké Nové Mesto, Slovakia, near the Polish border, on March 9, 1979. (He has used the typographically less problematic German form of his surname, Breslik.) He studied at the University of the Arts in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and showed promise, traveling to Marseille, France, for further studies at the Cnipal opera studio during the 2002-2003 school year. His teachers have included William Matteuzzi, Mady Mesplé, Yvonne Minton, and Peter Dvorsky. Breslik made his debut in 2002 as Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Germany's Klosterneuberg Opera. The following year, he joined the cast of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden and appeared in a series of Mozart roles -- including Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni -- as well as in operas by Wagner, Mussorgsky, and others. These efforts led to recognition as the most promising singer of the year by the German magazine Opernwelt in 2005. Breslik began singing on operatic stages across Europe in the late 2000s, and in 2008 he appeared at the grand reopening of Munich's Cuvilliés Theater. He joined the cast of the Zurich Opera in 2012, and as his voice has deepened he has taken on roles from the later 19th century, including Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata, Faust in Gounod's opera, Steva Buryja in Janacek's Jenufa, and Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw. Breslik has also been associated with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, performing Cassio in Verdi's Otello, Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, as well as several of his earlier specialties. A high-profile Breslik appearance came in 2017 when he performed at the opening of Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie concert hall on January 11, in the world premiere of a new work by Wolfgang Rihm. He gave his debut recital at the Konzerthaus in Vienna in December 2018. Breslik has sung lieder and choral music parts as well as opera, and he has been heard on recordings including a 2017 recital of Dvorak songs on the Supraphon label.