Vladimir Chmelo, a Slovak baritone, graduate of Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, prize winner of international competitions F.Tagliavini and A. Dvorak and winner of the Thalia award is a sought-after interpreter of Italian, French and Russian operatic repertoire.
He is one of few Czech and Slovak singers who sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera ( Madama Butterfly, Rusalka, Yolanta, From the House of the Dead), the La Scala in Milan( From the House of the Dead), or the Taetro Colon in Buenos Aires (Ford).
Sharpless Genova with Piacetti
He regurarly performs in European opera houses ( Hamburg, Berlin, Palermo, Genua, Bonn, Essen, Wroclaw, Graz, Insbruck, Vienna). He has toured Japan several times together with the Prague, Brno and Bratislava National Theatres which he still continues to cooperate with.
His formidable gallery of leading baritone parts includes Macbeth, Rigoletto, Germont, Pose, Yago, Luna, Ford, Scarpia, Toreador, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Escamillo, Hamlet, Wolftam, Onegin, which are the evidence of the versatility of his extensive repertoire.
Germont Graz with Damato
V. Chmelo has added similar relevance to his career in different concerts and oratorios performances of which the most important was the part of Jesus Christ in Liszt’s Christus Oratorio in Vatikan in the presence of Pope John Paul II , or the song recital in Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria.
He has worked together with renowned conductors, directors, singers and pianists such as Boulez, Chereau, Pountney, Rattle, Szoltes, Armigliato, Nezet-Seguin, Rutenberg, Kyzling, Fleming, Netrebko, Domingo, Shico, Zajick, Beczala and many more.
At the same time Mr. Chmelo is also active as a pedagogue. He has been coaching several leading opera singers such as P.Berger, J.Jiříková, T.Mátlová, E.Pavlů, D.Hůlka as well as beginning promising talents. He has established the Prague Musical Institute to use it for organizing annual summer singing courses in the city of Český Krumlov. In cooperation with KVart-classic agency he organizes concerts such as “Belcanto in opera and musicals”, opera performances (e.g. Dvořák’s Rusalka) and other projects in that his singers can get rich experience and opportunities.