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Jana Sýkorová, contralto




Jana Sýkorová, Prague's Carmen

Jana Sykorova as Carmen, opera Carmen (Bizet),

Czech contralto Jana Sýkorová reprises the role of Carmen at the Prague National Theatre. As a leading soloist with the Prague State Opera since 1999, her performances have included the title roles of Bizet’s Carmen, Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso, Thomas’ Mignon, Dvořák’s Kate and the Devil, Petitgirard’s Elephant Man and Viklický’s Faidra and The Ploughman and the Death – last three as world premieres.

   

Her signature parts also include Verdi’s Azucena, Ulrica, Maddalena, Fenena, Massenet’s Charlotte or Dvořák’s Ježibaba /The Witch in Rusalka/. She has reprised the role of Carmen in eight productions and she was dubbed as “one of the most interesting Carmen” by a French critic at Forum Opera. Jana Sýkorová’s world premiere in Prague and the French one in Nice of Petitgirard’s opera Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man won international acclaim in 2002 as did the DVD subsequently released on the Marco Polo label and called the "DVD of the Month February 2005" by the Gramophone Magazine.

   Jana Sykorova as Joseph Merrick, opera Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man (Petitgirard), world premiere Prague State Opera 7 February 2002, French premiere Nice Opera 29 November 2002

In 2007, Jana Sýkorová made her debut as Maddalena with the London Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she returned to perform the role of Mercédès and to cover the title role in Carmen. Another guest performances have taken her to Berlin /as Death/, twice to Nice /as Elephant Man and Maddalena/ and to the Wels Festival /as Grimgerde, Wagner's Die Walküre/, to Dijon /as Maddalena/. Jana Sýkorová performed Azucena in Helsinki in 2018.

Jana Sýkorová as Maddalena, opera Rigoletto (Verdi), Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 07/2007 © Rob Moore

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Jana Sýkorová has cooperated with eminent conductors such as B. Gregor, J. Bělohlávek, G. Albrecht, S. Baudo, Ch. Dutoit, F.Haider, L. Hager, J. Latham-Koenig, M. Guidarini, R. Palumbo, D. Oren, R. Rizzi-Brignoli, B. Klee, I. Metzmacher, P. Fournillier, T. Netopil, J. Hrůša, T. Hanus or R. Jindra, with stage directors such as D. Mesguich, D. McVicar, F. Zambello. As a soloist with symphonic orchestras, Jana Sýkorová has performed in ten countries of Europe and in Japan; particular mention should be made in regard to her performances in Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with B. Klee and I. Metzmacher, in European concerts with G. Albrecht including Dvořák’s St. Ludmila on DVD, in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with NHK under the baton of Ch. Dutoit and in Mahler’s works.

Jana Sýkorová contralto, Alto Rhapsody (Brahms) 
with Mo Bernhard Klee, Odense January 2009

Jana Sýkorová has been featured in several CD recordings such as Dvořák's opera The Stubborn Lovers with J. Bělohlávek, Dvořák’s Requiem with P. Fiala awarded a Japanese Price Tokusen, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass with T. Netopil acclaimed in 2014.

See Jana Sýkorová's list of recordings.

"Les grandes Carmen ne manquent pas a travers le monde: ne citons, parmi les plus intéressantes, qu'Annette Küttenbaum (avec Kupfer au Komische Oper de Berlin) et Jana Sýkorová (avec Bednarik au Národní Divadlo de Prague)."
Jean-Marcel Humbert, Sophisticated ladies, Forum Opera, 2008
https://www.forumopera.com/spectacle/sophisticated-ladies

Ms Jana Sýkorová’s opera schedule throughout the 2018 - 2019 season has included:

  • Carmen (Bizet Carmen) Prague National Theatre production with Jakub Klecker
  • Ulrica (Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera) Prague National Theatre production with Jaroslav Kyzlink
  • Kate (Dvořák Kate and the Devil) Prague National Theatre production with Jan Chalupecký
  • Ježibaba /Witch (Dvořák Rusalka) Prague State Opera production held in Karlin Theatre
  • Fenena (Verdi Nabucco) Prague State Opera production held in Karlin Theatre
  • Suzuki (Puccini Madama Butterfly) Prague State Opera production held in National Theatre
  • Pipsi (Orson Štědroň Don Hrabal) Prague State Opera production held in New Stage Theatre
  • Gertruda (Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel) Prague State Opera production held in Karlin Theatre
  • Gertruda (Gounod Roméo et Juliette) Prague State Opera production held in Karlin Theatre
  • Dritte Dame (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) Prague National Theatre production held in Mozart's Estates Theatre

     See Jana Sýkorová's calendar.

      Jana Sýkorová was awarded many prizes:

  • 1998 “Europäischer Förderpreis für junge Künstler”
  • 1997 First Prize and Laureateship in Junior Category, Antonín Dvořák International Singing Contest, Karlovy Vary
  • 1997 Prize awarded by the Czech Broadcasting Authority for best realization of a 20th Century Song Cycle, Antonín Dvořák International Singing Contest, Karlovy Vary
  • 1997 Stanislaw Moniuszko Prize, Antonín Dvořák International Singing Contest, Karlovy Vary
  • 1996 Jarmila Novotná Prize, Antonín Dvořák International Singing Contest, Karlovy Vary
  • 1995 First Prize, International Contest of Conservatories of Music, Pardubice
Jana Sýkorová studied singing at the Prague Conservatory of Music with Brigita Šulcová. She participated at master classes with Eva Randová (Stuttgart) and Mikhail Tomashov (Sofia). She worked on Baroque music with Jiří Kotouč.

Jana Sýkorová's artistic biography - short

               

Ms. Jana Sýkorová is represented by the agency Richard Kolář, RKM Ltd. Prague
 

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