Jitka SvobodováSoloist of the Opera
Jitka Svobodová studied voice at the Prague Conservatory with Prof. Marta Boháčová. At the M. Schneider-Trnavský International Competition in Trnava she won first prize, in the Antonín Dvořák International Competition in Karlovy Vary second prize, and she also advanced to the semi-final of the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition. After graduating she was engaged as a soloist at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, where she proved her qualities in many roles, including Susanna (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Jitka (Smetana: Dalibor), Gretel (Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel), Dvořák’s Rusalka, Martinů’s Mirandolina, etc. She further developed her singing and dramatic talent in Prague. In 1991 she joined State Opera Prague, where she portrayed, for example, Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Adina (Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), Margarita (Gounod: Faust), Liu (Puccini: Turandot), Rosalinda (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus) and Madeline (Glass: The Fall of the House of Usher). Since 2003 she has been a soloist of Prague’s National Theatre Opera. Here she has performed as, for example, Smetana’s Mařenka (The Bartered Bride), Krasava (Libuše) and Hedvika (The Devil’s Wall), Dvořák’s Princess (The Devil and Kate) and Rusalka, Janáček’s Jenůfa (Jenůfa) and Málinka (The Excursions of Mr. Brouček), Katerina (Martinů: The Greek Passion), Mozart’s Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), etc. Her most recent roles include Verdi’s Aida for State Opera Prague and the National Theatre. She appeared as a guest in Bratislava and Bielefeld, Germany, in the role of Rusalka. In 2002 she performed in St. Gallen as Karolka (Jenůfa) under the baton of Jiří Kout. She has collaborated with a number of other renowned conductors (Sir Charles Mackerras, Ascher Fisch, Jiří Bělohlávek, Petr Vronský, Ondrej Lenárd, etc.). She has appeared in Japan several times, as the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), the First Lady and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), on a tour of the USA she portrayed Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus). Within the 2007 Prague Autumn festival she sang with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwarz. She has also appeared in television productions of Dvořák operas – as Liduška (The King and the Charcoal Burner), Lenka (The Stubborn Lovers) – and as Agrafena Svetlova in Otakar Jeremiáš’s The Brothers Karamazov. For the DECCA label she has recorded the lead female character of Amranta in Pavel Haas’s opera The Charlatan.