Guest of the Opera
Jolana Fogašová studied singing at the Conservatoire in Bratislava (1986–1990) and at the Academy of Music in Bratislava under the guidance of Viktória Stracenská (1990–1994). At the Academy she also completed her doctorate in 2009. In recent years she has been working with Josef Loibl in Munich, and she was also taught by Carlo Bergonzi in masterclasses in Siena, Italy. Since 1993 she has been a permanent guest at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and the National Theatre in Prague. The same year she launched her international career as a mezzo-soprano. It is her voice range, singing technique and her artistic potential that directed Jolana Fogašová towards the soprano repertoire in following years. Her repertoire covers a wide range of operatic parts, which are enabled by her voice type "soprano spinto d'agilita": Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Elsa (Lohengrin), Eglantine (Euryanthe), Lucrezia Contarini (I due Foscari), Abigaille (Nabucco), Joan of Arc (Joan of Arc), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Marina (Boris Godunov), Lucrezia Borgia (Lucrezia Borgia), Kostelnička (Jenůfa), Witch and the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Kristina (The Makropulos Affair). She sang Kristina at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Zubin Mehta. Jolana Fogašová has worked with many renowned orchestras (Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra Sinfonica dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and many others), as well as with many outstanding conductors (Z. Mehta, F. Luisi, P. Boulez, L. Hager, J. Latham-Koenig, J. Svetlanov, N. Bareza, Zhang Guoyong, M. Letonja, E. Villaume, O. Kazushi, E. de Waart, J. Mercier, J. Kovács, J. Bělohlávek, M. Venzago, S. A. Reck, J. Fiore, O. Lenárd, S. Lano, A. Eschwé, R. Štúr, L. Langrée, G. Korsten, H. Wolf, I. Fischer, B. Gregor, A. Ligeti and others). In December 2012 she sang at a concert alongside the world famous tenor José Carreras. Her international performances took her to: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Belgium (Brussels), Czech Republic (Praha, Brno), France (Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Montpellier), Greece (Athens), Holland (Amsterdam, Haag, Leeuwarden, Drachten, Groningen), China (Beijing), Croatia (Split), Japan (Tokyo), Hungary (Budapest, Miskolc), Germany (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Köln, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Bamberg, Halle, Furth), Portugal (Lisbon), Austria (Vienna, Bregenz, Salzburg, Linz, Graz, Krems, Lilienfeldt ), Spain (Cuenca), Switzerland (Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne, Basel), Italy (Rome, Milan, Naples, Bologna, Firenze, Trieste, Cagliari, Brescia), Turkey (Istanbul) etc. In cooperation with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Rastislav Štúr, she recorded a CD of arias (2000), a CD entitled Lullabies (chamber arrangement of world lullabies, 2002), and with the conductor Gérard Korsten Weber’s opera Euryanthe (Italy, 2003).
Update: September 2015