Stanislava Jirků studied voice at the Conservatory in Teplice under the tutelage of Jitka Slavíčková and at the Academy of Music in Prague in the class of Ivan Kusnjer. In 1999 she attended international interpretation courses in Piešťany with Gabriela Beňačková (operas and oratorios) and Peter Mikuláš (songs). In 2000 and 2002 she obtained a scholarship for Internationalen Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest in Austria, where under the artistic guidance of Prof. Ralf Döring she performed at several concerts. Since the 2005/2006 season she has been a soloist of the National Theatre Opera, performing as Händel’s Goffredo (Rinaldo), Mozart’s Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Dorabella (Così fan tutte) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), the Third Wood Sprite (Dvořák: Rusalka), Janáček’s the Herdswoman (Jenůfa) and the Chambre-maid (The Makropulos Case), Mercedes (Bizet: Carmen), Frances (Britten: Gloriana), etc. She has also been frequently invited to cooperate with the National Theatre Brno (Third Wood Sprite and Witch in Rusalka, Verdi’s Maddalena in Rigoletto, Prokofiev’s Sonya in War and Peace, etc.), with the Theatre F. X. Šalda in Liberec (Apollo in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus) and with the North Bohemia Theatre Ústí nad Labem (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary). Furthermore, she has performed at concerts (for example, J. K. Vaňhal’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Coronation Mass within the Smetana’s Litomyšl festival and Arvo Pärt’s St. John Passion at Prague Spring). She has also regularly sung at concerts abroad: in Spain (Madrid: Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Barcelona, Zaragoza: Sala Mozart, Castelló, Tarragona, Pamplona, Valladolid, Lleida, etc), Germany, The Netherlands and France. In September 2004 she and the Prague Chamber Orchestra made the recording Christmas Music from the Vatican with the conductor Toshiyuki Shimada for the Portland Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 she made the recording of a song cycle by the Czech composer Miroslav Kubička. In May 2011, she performed as Ludmila in a concert performance of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride with the BBC Orchestra and conductor Jiří Bělohlávek in London. The performance was recorded by Harmonia Mundi. She has also collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, North Bohemia and South Bohemia Philharmonic Orchestras, Zlín Philharmonic Orchestra, Berg Chamber Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists and other orchestras and ensembles.
Photo: Ivan Kocánek
Update: September 2015