Guest of the National Theatre Opera.
Petra Šimková studied voice at the popular music department of the Prague Conservatory (with Prof. Lída Nopová). She began devoting to opera singing while attending the Conservatory in Mantua, Italy. She rounded off her opera studies at Vienna’s Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (with Prof. Claudia Visca and Edith Mathis).
She gained success in international voice competitions: Ismaele Voltolini and Riccardo Zandonai in Italy, Ada Sari in Poland, Ferruccio Tagliavini in Austria and the Antonín Dvořák competition in Karlovy Vary.
Mařenka in the production of The Bartered Bride is Petra Šimková’s debut role on the stage of the National Theatre Prague. Her very first appearance in the Czech Republic was in the role of Mozart’s Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), which she performed at the Theatre in Plzeň. Other roles in her repertoire include: the Fox (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen); the title role in Martinů’s Juliette; Susanna (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro); Antonia (Offenbach: Les contes d’Hoffmann), which she sang at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna (2002); Puccini’s Mimi (La bohème), with which she debuted at the Krakow opera and which she is scheduled to sing in 2009 in Plzeň. Another stage she likes returning to is Theater an der Wien, where she debuted in the role of the Chambermaid (Menotti: Goya) opposite Plácido Domingo. Her most recent role for this theatre is the First Lady in Luigi Cherubini’s opera Médée (2008). She also rendered the role of Janáček’s Fox at the festival in Aix-en-Provence. This season she is appearing in the role of Gilda (Verdi: Rigoletto) at the Theatre in Liberec.
Update: September 2008