Guest of the National Theatre Opera Born in Kezmarok (Slovakia). Early piano and organ lessons. From age fourteen, studies at the J.L. Bellu conservatory in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia): church music, composition, organ, choral conducting and singing. Between 2000 and 2002 training as a voice teacher in Bratislava. In 2002, scholarship for the University of Music and Drama in Graz. In Graz that she also took her first steps on the operatic stage, singing 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute and Ramiro in La finta giardiniera at the city’s ‘Theater im Palais’. 2005/06 member of Bavarian State Opera’s Young Artists Programme. 2006/07 to 2008/09 member of the opera ensemble at the theatre in Heidelberg. Roles in Heidelberg included Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Charlotte in Werther, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Idamante in Idomeneo, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Vivaldi roles (Ramiro in Motezuma, Megacle in L’Olimpiade, Lucio in Tito Manlio). At the beginning of the 2009/10 season Jana Kurucová moved to Deutsche Oper Berlin. Roles in Berlin include Rosina, Cherubino, Fenena in Nabucco, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Mercédes in Carmen, Flora in La Traviata. Regular concert appearances have taken her to the Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele, the Philharmonie Essen, the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp amongst others. At the National Theatre in Prague she has performed as Mozart's Idamante (Idomeneo) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Bizet's Carmen. Her repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C major and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Projects in 2010/11 include: Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Ascagne in Les Troyens at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Photo: Anita Drobeck