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April 5, 2012

Black Male Opera Singer Wows Czech Republic

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Written by: Erik Kambel

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or opera lovers he needs no introduction, for the rest of us meet the young black and gifted singer who has become one of Czech’s most famous opera singers of his generation.

The Czech baritone Filip Bandžak, was born in Pardubice. As a 9-year-old gifted child, he began his musical career as member of Prague’s Philharmonic Children Choir (PPCC).


Seven years later he made a firm step towards a solo career. Foreseen as talented Czech opera singer of his generation, he made his first steps on vocal scene in 1993 at the Berlin and Warsaw State Operas. Then in 1994, he made his first appearance in Prague’s National Theatre in Rigoletto. His debut he made at Pilsen Opera Theatre as Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème.

Since then he has appeared at international musical festivals and has won numerous prizes. For a list of his accolades and performances go to


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