The CHORUS LANEUM mixed choir was founded in May 2009 in the picturesque village of Lány, just 30 kilometres from Prague, the Czech Republic‘s capital city. It has 32 members and has already performed at nearly 100 events.
Its repertoire spans the history of choral singing, from Gregorian chant, through the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods to 20th-century music, including folk songs and even pop music, altogether some 200 compositions.
Born in Prague, he studied at the vocal department of Prague’s State Conservatoire in the class of Professor Miluše Dvořáková. While still a student, he joined the Prague Madrigalists chamber music ensemble and toured Europe, Canada and the USA with them.
After graduation he was admitted to the class of Professor Favaretto in Siena, Italy, earning a golden diploma there, attended the master classes of Professor Aldo Baldino at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and continued to perfect his vocal skills under the guidance of Professor Karel Berman.In 1976, Vladimír Doležal started his solo career with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, then under the baton of chief conductor Václav Neumann.
He has since appeared with many other famous European as well as non-European orchestras, among them the Slovak Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra SOČR, Prague Chamber Orchestra PKO, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Maastricht Philharmonic Orchestra or the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, for example, and with conductors of world renown, like Václav Neumann, Zdeněk Košler, Jiří Bělohlávek, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis, Aldo Ceccato, Helmuth Rilling and Jiří Kout.
Since 1981, he has focused on concert and oratorio repertoire, ranging in style from pre-Classical through Romantic to contemporary music, and from dramatic to countertenor parts.
In 1988, Vladimír Doležal became soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague and is still singing there, having toured Japan, China, Finland, Portugal, Germany and Luxembourg with the ensemble. His most appreciated appearances include Florestan (Fidelio), Canio (I Pagliacci), Laca (Jenůfa), MacGregor (The Makropulos Affair), Prince (Rusalka), Dancairo (Carmen), Benda (The Jacobin), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Ottavio (Don Giovanni).Most recently, he has often been invited abroad to perform Leoš Janáček’s and Antonín Dvořák’s compositions.
Vladimír Doležal has released nearly 50 solo CDs, among them Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Since 2010, he has been teaching at the department of voice and opera at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.