Jana Sýkorová

Altist Jana Sýkorová, soloist of the Prague State Opera since 1999 and the National Theater since 2012, plays the title roles – Carmen, Káča, Orlando, Faidra, Death, Elephant Man, Mignon, many of them in the world or Czech premiere. Her profile roles also include Fenena, Maddalena, Azucena, Ulrika, Suzuki and Ježibaba. She appeared as Carmen in eight productions. In Bednárik’s at the National Theater, a French critic called her “one of the most interesting contemporary Carmen”. In Prague we could see her in the roles of Carmen and Káča until the covid break of 2020.

International criticism was drawn to the French premiere of Petitgirard’s opera Joseph Merrick, entitled Elephant Man 2002 in Nice, and to the Marco Polo DVD label, which was named “February 2005 DVD”. In 2007, she successfully debuted as Maddalena at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She returned to London with the role of Mercédès and as a cover of the title role in Carmen, and is thus the only one of our current singing generation who has staged more than one production on this prestigious scene. She also played Maddalena in Nice and Dijon, and Azucena in 2018 in Helsinki. In 2021 she was Maddalena in the premiere of Rigoletto from the National Theater on Czech Television art.

Jana Sýkorová collaborates with leading orchestras and festivals, as a soloist she has performed at symphony concerts in France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia and Japan. Dvořák’s Stabat Mater was performed, among others, by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, and she sang Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, among others, with the NHK under the baton of conductor legend Ch. Dutoit. Among Mahler’s creations, it is worth mentioning Symphony No. 3 with J. Hrůša and Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with T. Netopil. The honor of performing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, the masterpiece of the alto repertoire, was given to her by the contemporary star conductor I. Metzmacher and Nestor by the German romantics B. Klee.

She also recorded Dvořák’s St. Ludmila with G. Albrecht and Glagolitic Mass with B. Klee on DVD. She participated in CD recordings of Dvořák’s opera Hard Sticks with J. Bělohlávek, Glagolitic Mass with T. Netopil and Dvořák’s Requiem with P. Fiala, which won the Japanese critics’ award “Tokusen”. Verdi’s Requiem sang for the first time at the Autumn Festival of Sacred Music in Olomouc 2011, other performances include the Rheingau Festival 2013 and the National Theater 2019.


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