Soloist of the Opera
Lenka Šmídová graduated from the Prague Conservatoire with Helena Tattermuschová and Prague Academy of Music with René Tuček. She further extended her education during a one-year study stay in Osimo, Italy. Since 1989 she has been a soloist of the National Theatre Opera, where she first appeared in the role of Princess Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos. Following the separation of the National Theatre and State Opera Prague, she performed concurrently on both stages, singing pivotal mezzo-soprano roles: Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il trovatore and Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Mascagni’s Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Mozart’s Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Janáček’s Varvara in Katya Kabanova, etc. The most noteworthy roles she has portrayed for the National Theatre Opera include Dvořák’s Kate in The Devil and Kate, Smetana’s Martinka in The Kiss and Háta in The Bartered Bride, Janáček’s Old Woman in Jenůfa, Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, Sonyetka in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, the Countess in The Queen of Spades and Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin by P. I. Tchaikovsky, Adélaide in Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Cleaning Woman in The Makropulos Case. With the National Theatre Opera she has toured Japan, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. Lenka Šmídová also frequently appears at concerts. She has sung on numerous occasions in France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, as well as in the Middle East. Lenka Šmídová has collaborated with stage directors of such global renown as Miloš Forman, David Radok, Andrei Serban, Christopher Alden and, last but not least, Robert Wilson, who in June 2010 presented a new production of the opera Katya Kabanova.
Update: September 2015