On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. our renowned tenor Tomislav Mužek accompanied by guitarist Miroslav Lesić, pianist Tomislav Modrić and Mladen Kosovac on the accordion and clarinet gave a concert on the stage of the CNT in Zagreb.
Voice, guitar, piano and accordion/clarinet sound like a combination that you may have heard already. But if we say that the voice belongs to our renowned tenor Tomislav Mužek who is accompanied by prominent musicians and masters of their trade Miroslav Lesić, Tomislav Modrić and Mladen Kosovac, the impression of this concert changes immensely.
And the repertoire is not what you would perceive at first glance because it is an off program of Tomislav Mužek and not a program that you would expect to be performed on the stage of La Scala. Having appeared this summer at two sold out concerts at the Zagreb Evenings on Grič, he himself gave the best explication of the concert: In the first part of the program we shall offer the spectators Italian canzonas, enriched with diverse accompaniment: guitar, piano and accordion, while in the second part we shall experiment with music I personally like, but have never sung professionally. I believe that after 20 years of my professional singing, time has come to introduce the audience to things I like personally … And what are they? – Well, let it be a surprise!
The inspiration for this music gathering was incited by Mužek’s appearance in RTL Direkt of Zoran Šprajc on the occasion of Mužek’s first appearance as a member of the CNT Opera and the promotion of opera Don Carlo. On that occasion Parlami d’amore Mariù was played and served as an inspiration for a story that later resulted in a CD and had a much wider concert scope.
Tomislav Mužek – studied singing at the University for Music and Stage Art in Vienna. IN season 1999/2000 started his engagement with the Vienna State Opera where he sang smaller roles as the youngest member of the soloist ensemble. From 2000, he was a member of the City Theatre in Bremen for two years. On the Zagreb stage he had his debut in 2001 as Alfredo in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Between 2003 and 2010 he was an Opera principal of the CNT in Split. His successful appearances on the prestigious stages of the Bayreuth Festival, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper in Dresden and the State Opera in Berlin, all contributed to his international acclaim. In 2003, he had his debut in La Scala where he sang the role of Eliezer in a magnificent production of Moses in Egypt by Giacomo Rossini with Riccardo Muti as conductor. He appeared again in La Scala in productions of Händel’s Rinaldo (2005) and Mozart’s Idomeneo (2009). He is a regular guest of the leading European Opera houses such as Opera Bastille, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova (Così fan tutte), Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Regio di Torino. He has proven to be a very sophisticated concert singer as well and has appeared at famous concert stages and many prominent European music festivals. Some of them must be pointed out; Berlin and Salzburg (Missa solemnis – L. van Beethoven with the Berliner Philharmoniker under music direction of Bernard Haitink). Throughout the past years he has also profiled himself as an excellent interpreter of Lied and regularly gives such recitals (Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Bayreuth, Varaždin…). In March 2012, he had a very successful debut at the New National Theatre in Tokio (The Flying Dutchman – R. Wagner). In Bayreuth in 2013 he achieved great success with the role of Erik (The Flying Dutchman – R. Wagner with Christian Thielemann as conductor). From 2014 he is a permanent member of the Semperoper in Dresden where along the role of Erik, he also sings roles such as Rodolfa (La Boheme), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Max (Der Freischütz), Königssohn (Die Königskinder) and Lensky (Eugene Onegin). In 2015 he had his debut at Teatru Municipal Sao Paulo as Lohengrin. From 2016 he is the principal of the Opera of the CNT in Zagreb.
Miroslav Lesić – guitarist, composer, producer, arranger and audio engineer. He has multiple nominations and received awards such as Porin and Status. He is a prominent member of the Croatian Television Band of Nikša Bratoš and an associate to numerous Croatian and international stars of the pop/rock scene…
Tomislav Modrić – pianist, piano teacher, producer, composer and arranger and is the second member of this ad-hoc trio. He has multiple nominations for the music Porin award and as a member of the production team he is the laureate of the Golden rose in Luzern in 2007. HE is an associate of numerous Croatia and international performers.
Mladen Kosovec – accordion player and clarinettist and among other things a member of the „Tango Appassionato“ ensemble who willingly takes its spectators into the magic world of the tango, czardas and romances.