Roman Janál, winner of the Thalia Award from 1999, is one of the few Czech performers who systematically devoted himself to songs. He studied violin at the Pilsen Conservatory and singing at the Academy of Music in Sofia. During his studies he was a guest on the stage of the State Opera in Sofia and further engagements led to Banská Bystrica, the Chamber Opera (later the Mozart Opera) in Prague and the Pilsen Opera. Since 1997 he has been a soloist at the National Theater, where he has performed many roles in the domestic and world repertoire. He has performed at the Bohuslav Martinů Days festivals in London with Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Orchestra, Europalia Brussels, the Bohuslav Martinů Festival in Amsterdam conducted by Christopher Hogwood, the Bratislava Music Festival, the Prague Spring, Smetana's Litomyšl, the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov, Janáček's May, St. Wenceslas festivities, Dvořák's Autumn, Pontes Festival, Czech-Saxon Festival, Concentus Moraviae, festivals in France, Italy and Germany, contemporary music festival in Boston, concert tours in Australia, Korea, Japan, France and opera festivals in San Remus, Ravenna and others.