Tenor Matej Vovk was born in Nova Gorica. He started his music career as a pupil of solo singing under Prof. Rajko Koritnik and a student at the Ljubljana Secondary Music and Ballet School (today the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory) under Professors Marko Bajuk and Mateja Arnež-Volčanšek. He completed his studies under Prof. Janko Volčanšek. He graduated in the Opera Studio of the Ljubljana Opera Theatre under Professors Vitomir Marof and Lojzka Žardin. Later on he attended several solo singing seminars and perfected his knowledge at the Belgian Summer School Opera Plus. He was awarded First Prize at the Young Musicians Competition of the Republic of Slovenia in 2004.
He has been employed at the SNG Opera in balet Ljubljana (Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana) since 2002, where he is a permanent member of the soloist ensemble since 2006, and where he has so far successfully created a number of tenor parts. He made his debut with a role of Minister in Toch's opera The Princess and the Pea, and then appeared in such roles as: Don Eusebio (Opportunity Makes a Thief), Giuseppe and Gaston (La traviata), Abdallo (Nabucco), Dr Blind and Alfred (The Bat), Leandro (The Inquisitive Women), Spoletto (Tosca), Harlequin (The Emperor of Atlantis), Incredibile (Andrea Chenier), Executor (Brothers), Albazar (The Turk in Italy), St Brioche and Camille (The Merry Widow), Master of Ceremonies (The Love for Three Oranges), Rodriguez (Don Quixote), Parpignol (La bohéme), Fiorello and Commander of the Guards (The Barber of Seville), Dancaire (Carmen), Lamplighter (Manon Lescaut), Ovlur and Yeroshka (Prince Igor), Fire-Riser (The Rhine Nixies), Mengon (Lo Speziale (The Apothecary), Philip (The Impresario), Franjo and Rajdl (The Nightingale of Gorenjska), Mateo Borsa (Rigoletto), Rodrigo (Otello), Sailor (Dido and Aeneas), Aristaeus and Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), Kudrjaš (Kát'a Kabanová), Don Curcio (The Marriage of Figaro).
Matej Vovk has also appeared as a concert singer with various orchestras, led by renowned domestic and foreign conductors (Vjekoslav Šutej, Milivoj Šurbek, Andrej Zuna, Simon Krečič, Urša Lah, Dr Mirko Cuderman …). He has collaborated with the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Slovenian Army Orchestra, Academic Choir Tone Tomšič, Slovenian Chamber Choir, with which he sang a number of solo parts in the compositions, recorded and issued on CD's within the ‘Programme of Slovenian Choir Music’. He has appeared many times at the Gostič Days in Domžale, in the concerts under the patronage of Imago Slovenia, as well as with the RTV Symphony Orchestra as Pilat in St John Passion by Damijan Močnik.
Last updated in January 2017