Jiří Rajniš (1991) has been a member of the Junges Ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden since 2017/2018, where his repertoire includes Schaunard in La Bohème, Morales in Carmen, Marullo in Rigoletto, Barone in La Traviata, Fifth Voice in Moses and Aaron, Fiorello in Barber of Seville, 1st Priest in The Magic Flute, Trojan Soldier / Greek Leader in Les Troyens and Perückenmacher in Ariadne auf Naxos.
The young baritone is an extraordinary singing talent from the Czech Republic. After graduating from the Prague Conservatory and subsequently the prestigious UCLA in Los Angeles, Jiri gave his debut in 2013 as Don Giovanni at Sommeroper Bamberg and joined the ensemble of Landestheater Coburg in 2013/2014; he’s therefore not only the youngest Czech opera singer abroad to incorporate the role of Don Giovanni, but also the youngest Czech baritone in a foreign Festengagement. Some of his major roles in Coburg include Herr Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Schaunard in La Bohème, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, and Tod in Savitri, to name a few.
In 2016/2017, Jiri made his debut at the Prague National Theater as Mule Owner (Die Kluge, Carl Orff), and at the Pilsen Theater as Eugen Onegin.
After Luigi Bassi, who had incorporated Don Giovanni at the opera’s premiere in 1787, Jiri was the youngest interpreter of this role to appear on the stage of the Estates Theatre in Prague in July 2016.