Born in Brno, Pavel Cernoch has earned professional accolades for his performances at such international theaters as the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opera National de Paris, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Stuttgart, Opernhaus Zürich, Bolshoi Opera, Oper Köln, and Opéra de Lyon, as well as in Nice, Helsinki, Düsseldorf and at the Glyndebourne Festival.
Cernoch began the 2015/16 season with his debut in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlos at the Staatsoper Hamburg, in its original 1867 French version. He then returned to Oper Stuttgart as Laca in Jenufa and to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Albert Gregor in The Makropoulos Case. Cernoch also sang Vaudemont in a concert version of Iolanta in St Petersburg and made his debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich in Janacek’s Glagolithic Mass. In the summer of 2016, he will debut at the Bregenz Festival in the first major international staging of Franco Faccio’s Amleto. In the 2016/17 season, Cernoch will return to the Opera National de Paris as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and make his debut with the Dutch National Opera as Prince Vladimir in Prince Igor. He will also sing Don Jose in Carmen in Hamburg and Steva in Jenufa at the 2017 Munich Festival. In future seasons, Cernoch will make debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, and Canadian Opera Company.
Pavel Cernoch studied at the Janacek Academy in Prague and continued his vocal studies with Paolo de Napoli, who remains his mentor today. He made his professional debut in his native city of Brno in Die Zauberflöte, and in 2004 he began his association with the National Opera in Prague, where he has been heard in such works as La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Martinu’s The Greek Passion, and The Bartered Bride. Cernoch debuted with the Latvian National Opera in Riga as Steva in Jenufa, later returning as Alfredo in La Traviata and the Prince in Rusalka. He subsequently appeared at the Vienna Volksoper as Alfredo, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Lionel in Martha. Cernoch first came to international attention when he sang his first performances of Rusalka at the Greek National Opera in Athens, and important debuts followed in rapid succession. He appeared at the Staatsoper Hamburg opposite Anja Harteros in La Traviata at both the Staatsoper Hamburg and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also appeared at the Staatsoper Hamburg in La Boheme and made his debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in La Traviata, opposite Marina Poplavskaya. Cernoch then returned to Stuttgart as Boris in Katya Kabanova, debuted in Helsinki in Faust, and appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival in Rusalka.
Cernoch began the 2011/12 season with his debut in the title role of La Damnation de Faust in Stuttgart. He then made his Spanish operatic debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Vaudemont in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, directed by Peter Sellers and conducted by Teodor Courentzis. In March of 2012, Cernoch debuted at La Monnaie in Brussels as the Prince in Rusalka, and later that spring he returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. In the fall of 2012, Cernoch made his French operatic debut as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at Opéra de Nice. During the course of the 2012/13 season, he also returned to Munich in Jenufa and made his Italian Stage debut as the Prince at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. In the fall of 2013, Cernoch sang Likov in Staatsoper Berlin’s new production of The Tsar’s Bride, directed by Dmitry Cherniakov and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He subsequently made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in the same work. In the 2013/14 season, Cernoch returned to the Staatsoper Berlin as Boris in the new production of Katya Kabanova, under Sir Simon Rattle, and to the Opernhaus Zürich as Steva in Jenufa. He also sang Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at Opéra de Lyon.
In the summer of 2015, Cernoch returned to the Glyndebourne Festival for his debut as Don José in Carmen. During the course of the 2014/15 season, he also appeared as the Prince in Rusalka at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Albert Gregor in The Makropoulos Case at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Laca in Jenufa at Oper Stuttgart, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for his debut at Oper Köln. Cernoch also made his North American debut in concerts of The Bells with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, under whose direction he also made his London Proms debut in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Cernoch has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko, Jiri Belohkavek, Gennado Rozdestvensky, Simon Rattle and many others. Other roles in his developing repertoire include Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Des Grieux in Manon, the title role in Werther, and Erik in Der Fliegende Hollaender.