Richard Samek was born in Třebíč. Richard Samek graduated from
the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied under
Professor A. Barová. After completing his studies, he studied privately with
He is a laureate of several international competitions, for instance the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition, and the M. S. Trnavský vocal competition. In 2006, he made his debut at the stage of the National Theatre in Brno.
At present he is a permanent guest of the National Theatre in Prague, and performs as Rodolfo (La Boheme), Ismael (Nabucco), Cassio (Otello), the Prince (Rusalka), Belmonte (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ladislav Podhajský (The Two Widows) or as Alfredo (La traviata). He regularly performs also in the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, National Theatre in Brno, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava or in the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava.
He performed in Théâtre de Reims, Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, Opéra de Rennes and in the Staatsoperette Dresden, where he has been a permanent member of the cast since the season 2014 / 2015. Since the same season he has been giving guest performances also in the Theatre Magdeburg as Don Manuel in Z. Fibich’s The Bride of Messina and since 2016 also as Faust in the Gounod’s same name opera. Since the season 2015 / 2016 he has performed also in the Staatsoper Hannover as the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka or as Rodolfo in Pucinni’s La Bohème.
At the Austrian festival Seefestspiele Mörbisch 2015 he made a live CD and DVD of Strauss's opera A Night in Venice, where he played the role of Caramello. In 2015 he participated in the realization of a live recording of Smetana's Dalibor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of J. Belohlavek and in 2016 he created a live recording of Fibich’s Bride of Messina with Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Richard Samek cooperates with leading chamber and symphonic orchestras – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, South Czech Philharmonic or Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
He has been singing under the baton of many famous conductors - J. Bělohlávek, T. Brauner, O. Dohnányi, E. Dovico, P. Ch. Feigel, P. Feranec, H. M. Förster, Ch. Garbosnik, J. Hrůša, K. Ishii, R. Jindra, J. Kyzlink, A. Markovič, Z. Müller, T. Netopil, O. Olos, A. Schüller, L. Svárovský, J. Štrunc, E. Theis, R. Válek, K. Zehnder etc.
He has been performing in productions of various famous directors - K. Absenger, R. Alföldi, A. Böge, J. Burian, C. Crombholz, P. Constant, O. Fuchs, O. Havelka, J. Heřman, V. Morávek, M. Oldag, S. Ritschel, R. Schaller, V. Věžník, A. Žargas etc. Richard Samek also regularly cooperates with many significant international music festivals – International Music Festival Dvořák Prague, IMF Janáček May, Moravian Autumn, IMF Prague Spring, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, International Opera Festival Smetana‘s Litomyšl, St. Venceslav Music Festival and many others.