Kateřina Kněžíková graduated from the Prague Conservatory in 2007, and in 2010 she completed her university degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where se studied with Jiřina Přívratská. She has won numerous prizes, including at the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary and the Komerční Banka Prize for Best Stage Performance. In 2005, Kateřina Kněžíková made her debut as Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni) at the National Theatre in Prague, on whose stage she has regularly appeared since 2006, portraying Mozart’s Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così fan tutte), Ilia (Idomeneo), as well as the roles of Almirena (Handel: Rinaldo), Adina (Donizetti: L‘elisir d’amore), Barče (Smetana: The Kiss), Terinka (Dvořák: The Jacobin), Nannetta (Verdi: Falstaff) and Aristea (Mysliveček: L’Olimpiade). She performed as Almirena in the National Theatre’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo in Caen, Rennes and at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles, and as Aristea in National Theatre’s production of Mysliveček’s L’Olimpiade at the Opéra de Dijon. She made her guest appearance as Serpetta in the production of La finta gardiniera, staged by Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann, at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. As a guest of the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň, she sung the roles of Marguerite (Gounod: Faust), Blaženka (Smetana: The Secret) and Violetta (Verdi: La traviata). She has also regularly performed at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. The conductors with whom she has worked as a concert and opera singer include S. Baudo, J. Bělohlávek, Ascher Fisch, James Gaffigan, Manfred Honeck, J. Hrůša, R. Jindra, V. Luks, E. Mazzola, J. Nelson and T. Netopil. She has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Collegium 1704, Czech Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt am Main, Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Kateřina Kněžíková has regularly performed at prestigious international festivals in the Czech Republic and beyond (Dvořák Prague, Janáček May, Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, St. Wenceslav Music Festival, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Festival Rencontres Musicales de Vétzelay, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Music Bridge Prague–Dresden, Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Tage Alte Musik Regensburg). She has made recordings for Czech Radio, the MEZZO television channel and Belgium’s RTFB International radio station. She has also participated in a new official recording of the Czech national anthem, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek.
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