Soloist of the Opera
As a leading soloist with the Prague State Opera from 1999 to 2011, her performances included the title roles of Bizet’s Carmen and Orlando (Vivaldi: Orlando furioso), Verdi’s Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Azucena (Il trovatore), Fenena (Nabucco), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) or Laurent Petitgirard’s Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man) and Emil Viklický‘s Phaedra and Death (The Plougham and Death) – the last three ones as world premieres. From 2002 to 2008 Jana Sýkorová was a permanent guest soloist with the Prague National Theatre Opera featuring in the title roles of Carmen, Kate (Dvořák: The Devil and Kate), as well as Panna Róza (Smetana: The Secret), to name but a few. Since January 2012 she has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. She has reprised the role of Carmen in eight different productions and she was dubbed by a French critic at Forum Opera as “one of the most interesting Carmen throughout the world”. Jana Sýkorová’s world stage premiere in Prague and the follow – on French premiere in Nice of Petitgirard’s opera Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man won international acclaim in 2002 as did the subsequently released DVD (Marco Polo), called the “DVD of the Month February 2005” by the Gramophone Magazine. In 2007 she 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 of Carmen. She created Maddalena in Dijon and Nice, and Charlotte (Massenet: Werther) at the National Moravan-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava where she has also guest appeared as Carmen, Fenena a Varvara (Janáček: Katya Kabanova). In addition to the DVD of Elephant Man mentioned above, Jana Sýkorová has recorded Dvořák's opera The Stubborn Lovers on CD (2004) with Jiří Bělohlávek and Dvořák’s oratorio St. Ludmila with Gerd Albrecht on DVD (2009). Ms Sýkorová has performed on concert stages in Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and in Japan, and, among others, she performed Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with the NHK Orchestra at Tokyo Suntory Hall under the baton of Charles Dutoit. She has cooperated with other eminent conductors such as D. Oren, R. Palumbo, M. Guidarini, R. Rizzi Brignoli, F. Haider, L. Hager, J. Latham-Koenig, E. Inbal, O. Lenárd, Z. Mácal, B. Gregor, Bernhard Klee or Ingo Metzmacher. In February 2013, she performed with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Canticum canticorum by the Czech significant contemporary composer Viktor Kalabis at Prague Rudolfinum.
Update: September 2015