The baritone Richard Šveda studied opera singing at the Conservatory in Bratislava. He continued his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Kunstuniversität) in Graz, Austria, and perfected his art at international singing courses led by Peter Dvorský, Deborah Polaski, Franz Grundheber, Boris Statsenko, David Syrus, Zlatica and Dagmar Livorová.
He has competed successfully at many international singing contests at home and abroad: A. Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, M. Schneider-Trnavský International Competition in Trnava, Concurso Internacional de Canto Tenor Francisco Viñas in Barcelona, Hans Gabor Belvedere in Vienna, and Emmerich Smola Förderpreis in Baden-Baden.
From the 2010/2011 season Richard Šveda has been a soloist of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, where he has successfully played many lead and supporting roles. His core repertoire comprises characters from Mozart’s operas: Guglielmo (Così fan tutte); Papageno (The Magic Flute), his debut role as a 22-year-old in the State Opera in Prague; he afterwards appeared in the same role before the Viennese public in Vienna Volksoper. On his home stage at Düsseldorf he appears as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and also fills the title role in Don Giovanni, and he has appeared in these roles at The Estates Theatre in Prague.
Apart from Mozart, one may see and hear Richard Šveda as Marcello and Schounard in Puccini’s la bohéme, Herr Fluth in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Scharpless in Madame Butterfly and Escamillio in Bizet’s Carmen. He has made successful stage and concert appearances at the following venues among others: Semperoper Dresden, Aalto Theatre Essen, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Volksoper and Prinzregententheater in Munich, and he has toured with Komische Oper Berlin, performing at the Grand Theatre Shanghai, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Opera Comique in Paris in roles of Papageno.
Since 2014 Richard Šveda has performed in concerts alongside the world-famous Edita Gruberová, as part of her support for talented young artists.
You can see Richard Šveda in action at The Trusts Community Foundation Opera in Concert - Mozart's Don Giovanni on Friday 19 July.