Guest of the Opera
Lucie Kaňková was born in an esteemed musical family in Prague, Czech Republic. At the age of four, she started to play violin and piano. In 2002 she successfully passed the demanding selection examinations to gain a place at the Music High School (Gymnasium) in Prague, where she cultivated her abilities to play violin. Six years later (2008) she continued her musical education at the Prague Conservatory where she favourably graduated in 2012. In 2010, Lucie was granted the opportunity to participate in a project by Mathias Spohr (the Swiss composer) where she sang the main female role “Miesmies“ in a contemporary opera Spiegel das Kätzchen, based on Paul Burkard’s famous novel on different stages in the Czech Republic and Switzerland (Theater Winterthur, Langenthal, Zürich Rigiblick). During this successful production, she was discovered by maestro Francesco Araiza in Zürich. Meanwhile she worked also with maestro A. Carangelo in Vienna and with Prof. M. Beňačková at Janáček Academy in Brno (CZ). Lucie Kaňková holds many awards from different competitions. At the international singing competition in Olomouc (CZ), she twice obtained the 1st prize, laureate title, as well as a special prize of the jury. Furthermore, she won the 1st prize at an international chamber music competition in Stonava (CZ); and in 2012 became the absolute winner of a three-round singing competition in Turnov (CZ). In 2015 the young soprano reached the second place at Nico Dostal’s Operetta Singing Competition in Korneuburg bei Wien (A) including an additional contract with the Operettenzauber festival in Germany. At the Antonín Dvořák’s International Singing Competition 2015 Lucie won the 2nd prize with 5 additional prizes. One year later she gained the 1st prize in Opera category with 8 additional prizes including two contracts with theatres (in Bratislava SK and Opava CZ), and contracts with an opera festival in Kutná Hora (CZ), with 3 symphony orchestras, with radio Classic CZ and a cooperation possibility with a Swiss Opera Agency. Lucie Kaňková recently finished her master’s degree program “MA Specialized Music Performance Opera” at the Swiss Opera Studio with Prof. Mathias Behrens, Mr. Franco Trinca and Prof. Barbara Locher, passing with distinction. As a final work at the Swiss Opera Studio, Lucie Kaňková sang in June 2015 the main role “Teofane“ in Händel’s Ottone, on the stage of State Theatre Biel and Solothurn. In addition to solo concerts, in the season 2014/15, she portrayed two different roles in Theatre Biel-Solothurn, singing in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma the role of “Seconda Donna Luigia“ and in Dvořák’s Rusalka the role of “Kuchtík“. Lucie visited many different theatres in Switzerland (Visp, Baden, Schaffhausen, Vevey, Vernier, Düdingen, Thun, Burgdorf, Winterthur, Langenthal) with these productions. In 2016, she produced her own production of Ariadne (a Bohuslav Martinů opera), where she sang the title role. She has appeared as Ariadne in different places in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. In September 2016, Lucie Kaňková started a two-year Solo Performance master’s degree programme in Luzern, in the class of Prof. Barbara Locher. In September 2017, she also started a PhD programme at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Currently, she works with KS Gabriela Beňačková and plans a cooperation with different theatres including the Slovak National Theater.