Guest of the Opera
While still a student of the Prague Conservatory, Pavla Vykopalová was invited to sing in productions by Opera Mozart. Shortly after graduation, she joined the opera company in Plzeň (Pilsen), singing, among other parts, the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She was trained as a mezzosoprano under Professor Jiří Kotouč. Switching smoothly to soprano roles in 2006, the singer is now coached by Professor Marie Urbanová. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to Romantic opera and includes oratorios, cantatas and songs across styles from Baroque through to contemporary music. In concert, Ms Vykopalová has sung Händel roles like Ruggiero (Alcina), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Rinaldo (Rinaldo), as well as Elisa (Bonononcini: Astarto), and, at the Prague State Opera, Alcina (Vivaldi: Orlando furioso). Since 1999 she has been a regular guest of the National Theatre Prague, singing most of the leading Mozart roles, including Zerlina, Donna Elvira, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Vitellia, Countess, as well as Mařenka (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Pascalina (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Antonia (Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann) and, most recently, Jenůfa (Janáček: Jenůfa). Spring 2003 saw her successful house debut at the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris as Karolka in Janáček's Jenůfa. Her regular guest appearances at the Prague State Opera have included Beatrice (Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict), Rosina (Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) and, most recently, Rusalka (Dvořák: Rusalka) and Mimi (Puccini: La Boheme). In January 2009 she joined the National Theatre Brno as a permanent member, singing Mařenka in Ondřej Havelka's highly acclaimed production of The Bartered Bride – a role that brought her a nomination for the prestigious Czech theatre award, Thalia, in 2006 – as well as Lauretta (Puccini: Gianni Schicchi), Nedda (Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci), Juliette (Martinů: Juliette), Rosina (Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Rosalinda (Strauss: Die Fledermaus). In the autumn of 2011 she appeared with great success as Janáček’s Jenůfa in a coproduction by three French theatres – in Rennes, Limoges, and Reims. In June 2012 she performed the song cycle Shéhérezade by Maurice Ravel and the soprano solo Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish symphony with the conductor Eliahu Inbal with the Czech Philharmonic. In 2012 she was nominated for ‘Thalia’ award for the title part of Míla in Janáček´s Fate. In the autumn of 2013 she sang the title role in Janáček's Káťa Kabanová in the Danish National Opera, and in May 2014 she participated in a tour with the conductor Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, singing the title role in a concert performance of Dvořák´s Rusalka. In June 2014 she reprised Bernstein´s Kaddish in the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. Abundant too is her concert activity both at home and abroad, including spiritual music and songs. In numerous concerts and opera performances she has collaborated with renowned Czech and foreign conductors as Jiří Bělohlávek, Jiří Kout, Petr Vronský, Petr Altrichter, Ondrej Lenárd, Kaspar Zehnder, Oliver Dohnányi, Sylvain Cambreling, Leopold Hager or Ascher Fisch. In concert, she has sung with Virtuosi di Praga, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The soprano has also featured on several CD recordings, e.g. Czech Christmas Mass by J. J. Ryba (Multisonic), Lenora by A. Rejcha (Orfeo), and compositions for organ and voice by Bedřich Antonín Wiedermann (Rosa), with organ player Irena Chřibková.
Update: September 2015