Soloist of the Opera
Kateřina Kněžíková, born 1982 in Bohumín, graduated from Prague Conservatory in 2007 and in 2010 she completed her university degree at the Academy of Music in Prague as a student of Jiřina Přívratská. She has been the prize-winner of numerous competitions including Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary and she has been awarded Komerční Banka Prize for Best Stage Performance. In 2005, Kateřina Kněžíková made her debut in the National Theatre in Prague in the role of Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni) and she has been a permanent cast member thereof since 2006. This is where her operatic engagements include roles such as Mozart’s Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Blonde (Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così fan tutte), Ilia (Idomeneo), and also Almirena (Handel: Rinaldo), Adina (Donizetti: L‘elisir d’amore), Barče (Smetana: The Kiss), Terinka (Dvořák: The Jacobin), Nannetta (Verdi: Falstaff) or Aristea (Mysliveček: L’Olimpiade). She performed as Almirena in the National Theatre’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo in Caen, Rennes and at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, and as Aristea in NT’s production of Mysliveček’s L’Olimpiade in Opéra de Dijon. She made her guest appearance in as Serpetta, staged by Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann, in Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Currently, as a guest artist of J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, she sings the role of Marguerite (Gounod: Faust), Blaženka (Smetana: The Secret), and Violetta (Verdi: La traviata.) She is also a regular guest singer of the National Theatre of Moravia and Silesia in Ostrava.
Her professional concert and operatic engagements have involved work with conductors such as Serge Baudo, Jiří Bělohlávek, Ascher Fisch, James Gaffigan, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Robert Jindra,Václav Luks, Enrique Mazzola, John Nelson, Tomáš Netopil and many orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Collegium 1704, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt am Main, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. She regularly makes her appearance at prestigious international festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad (Dvořákova Praha, Janáček Máj, Prague Spring Festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl, St. Venceslav Music Festival, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Festival Rencontres Musicales de Vétzelay, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Music Bridge Prague – Dresden, Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Tage Alte Musik Regensburg). She has made recordings for Czech Radio, television channel MEZZO and Belgian radio station RTFB International. She recorded a new official recording of the Czech National Anthem, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek.
Update: November 2013
Photo: Markéta Navrátilová