Jozef Benci



Slovak bass Jozef Benci graduated from Bratislava Conservatoire in 1997 and continued in his studies at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama, and the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno (Czech Republic). He finished his studies in the class Sergei Koptchak at the Bratislava Academy in 2003. Already as a student, he received acclaim in international singing competitions at home and abroad. In 1997, he was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Cavaler Carl Vender’s Singing Competition in Bratislava and he did Laureates’ concert series in Italy.


Two years later, he was received the 2nd Prize at the  Antonín Dvořák’s Competition in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad, Czech Republic), in August 2001, he received Special Prize granted by Foundation Darclée in the Concursului International de Canto Hariclea Darclée in Braila, Romania and in September 2001 he won the prestigious International Singing Competition of George Enescu in Bucharest. In February 2006, he won the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Competition for young singers in Berlin.


He started his singing career in 1998 as a guest soloist of the Slovak National Theatre Chamber Opera in Bratislava. In September 2002, he was engaged as a soloist of the State Opera Banská Bystrica. Here, he gained his first experiences while portraying the roles of Attila, Zaccaria (Nabucco), Zuniga (Carmen), Colline (La Boheme), Kecal (The Bartered Bride), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and others. In January 2004 he made his stage debut at the Slovak National Theatre Opera House in Bratislava in the role of Zaccaria (Nabucco). His Zaccaria was highly acclaimed by both the critics and the audience. In January 2007 he became the soloist of this first Slovak opera scene. In Bratislava he also expanded his repertoire: Vodník (Rusalka), Kecal (The Bartered Bride), Ferrando (Il Trovatore), Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlo), Tom (Un Balllo di Maschera), Dulcamara (L´Elisir D´Amore) Sulpice (La fille du regiment), Don Alfonso (Lucrezia Borgia), Sarastro (Die Zauberflote), Mephistopheles (Faust), Giorgio (I Puritani), Pimen and the title role of Boris Godunov.


Besides for these engagements, Jozef Benci is a permanent guest soloist of the State Theatre Košice. In May 2003, he interpreted the bass part of 9th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra broadcast live with EBU, in May 2004, he sung at a gala on the occasion of the Slovak Republic entry to EU. He appeared in gala concert of the leading Slovak opera stars at the International Festival Montmartre en Europe in Paris, he sung at the Central European Music Festival, Zilina in 2003 (Bach’s Easter Oratorio), and in 2007 (solo recital) and at the 2009 International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov (Vodnik in Rusalka). He also performed in other opera and concert performances both in his native Slovakia and in the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, France, Romania, Italy, Austria, Poland and Germany.