Ľudovít LUDHA

Since 1988, Ľ. Ludha is the soloist of the opera of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, where he performed a number of solo tenor parts. He has repeatedly performed on theatre and concert stages or in festival productions in Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, the Netherlands, England, Russia, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Argentina, Canada, USA and Japan. Of the annual guest appearances, we will mention at least the Viennese performance at the Konzerthaus in W. Egk Columbus and Janáček’s Fate (1992), the Salzburg performance with W. A. Mozart’s Coronation Mass (1993), the Japanese tour with the Duke (Rigoletto-Verdi) and the collaboration with James Judd in Montpellier on introduction of Stravinsky’s Wedding in 1994. In Liverpool in Gilgamesh he collaborated with J. Bělohlávek and repeatedly at the festival in Wexford (Mascagni Iris – Osaka). The Paris performance of the Glagolitic Mass and Destiny took place in 1995, with guest appearances at the Teatro dell´Opera in Rome (again as Osaka) in alternation with José Cura and in collaboration with Nikolai Giaurov; the release of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt in Kyoto, Japan was a year later (1996).

In 1997, he was one of the three tenors of the concert under the pyramids, Cairo, and was successful in Graz, Linz and Villach, Austria, and at the Glagolitic Mass in Lisbon. After guest appearances in Šárka, the opera The Charlatan was the dramaturgical accent of the Irish Wexford Festival in 1998, and in Ankara it was performed in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem. In 1999, he achieved great success in guest appearances in Utrecht and Amsterdam, where he collaborated on the launch of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and in Eugen Onegin in Metz, France. In New York (Carnegie Hall) and in Montreal Ľ. Ludha performed during the concert of the performance of Szymanowski’s King Roger and at the La Fenice in Venice in Janáček’s opera The Adventures of the Cunning Fox. He sang the Prague performance of Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. Based on his personal singing, M. Rostropovich selected him for a series of performances by Katerina Izmailovna (Zinovij), which took place in Madrid, Naples, Munich, Dojina and Buenos Aires. In Montpellier, meanwhile, he has successfully performed as Vitek in The Makropulos Case, in Taipei at the Glagolitic Mass, in the Teatre Champs Elysée in Paris, in Oravipo’s Oedipus Rex. The year 2000 brought concerts in Manchester and Leeds in Dvořák’s Requiem and Stabat Mater. A year later he performed again in Paris (Szymanovsky Symphony No. 3, conducted by V. Kachidz), Budapest (Oedipus Rex), Bologna and Parma (Carmina burana) in Palermo and Catania (Bellini: Messa in la minore), in He sang Glagolitic Mass to Leipzig under the direction of Mo. Janowski in collaboration with E. Prokina, M. Tarasová and A. Kočerg. In Lewerkussen he performed in collaboration with the Slovak Philharmonic in Suchoň’s Psalm of the Subcarpathian Land and interpreted Korngold’s Dead City in Osaka and Tokyo.
In March 2002, he performed in Sao Paolo, where he sang in the works of Kodály and Bartók. In recent years he has performed in Mozart’s Requiem in Athens, sang Janáček’s Amarus in Lisbon, again in Tokyo and Osaka King Roger, in Birmingham in Szymanowski’s 3rd Symphony and in Amsterdam he was a guest in the opera production of Shostakovich’s opera Nos. In the English festival Garsington, he performed as Ctirad in Janáček’s Šárka. At the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, he played Jeník in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride under the direction of Mo. Jurowski and in Amsterdam sang the Glagolitic Mass under the baton of G. Rozhdestvensky. In June 2003, he returned from Luxembourg and Germany on a concert tour with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9. In September he sang Glagolitic Mass in Sydney, in November he was Malatestin at the Roman Opera in Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai), again with great success he performed at the Amsterdam Opera this time in Jolante (Tchaikovsky) and in Budapest he sang a tenor part in Verdi’s Requruha de Fiem Burgos. At the Bratislava Opera, Toniom was in Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment, directed by Jozef Bednárik. He co-performed at the Glagolitic Mass in Berlin and the „festival“ Raven (2004). At the Sferisterio arena in Macerate, he repeated his success in the character of Malatestino alongside D. Dessi, F. Armiliat, A. Mastromarino under the baton of Maurizio Barbicani. After a series of concerts in Vienna, performances in Prague and Brno, The Bartered Bride in Zurich, concerts (with the Czech Philharmonic) and a tour of Japan (La Traviata), a concert in Linz, guest appearances at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, France (Nantes – Le Nos), and Germany excellently sang the role of the Prince on the grounds of the SND opera and the stage of the Prague State Opera (directed by Zdeněk Troška). He interpreted Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in Sao Paolo and Finland (2005), and sang again in Palermo in a production by King Roger. In March 2006 he collaborated on 2 concerts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, recorded Massenet’s Mary Magdalene with the Slovak Philharmonic and from April to July he was a guest in Amsterdam in the production of Katerina Izmajlovna. The year 2007 brought performances in the Netherlands (open-air opera arias), guest appearances on both Prague opera stages, the premiere of The Bartered Bride in Ostrava, guest appearances in Košice and the important Prague concert performance of King Roger in collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Ch. Dutoit. The premiere of Boris Godunov’s opera at the SND and performances at Rigoletto at the Hamburg State Opera and Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Theater Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels were the most significant successes of 2008.
The year 2009 saw an invitation to the title character to Verdi’s Don Carlos in Tampere, the premiere of Fila Morozov from Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at the Basel Opera and concert performances with the Czech Philharmonic at the Dvořák Festival in Prague, with the Slovak Philharmonic at BHS, the Košice State Philharmonic and other performances and concerts.