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Jana JONÁŠOVÁ

(*28.4.1943, Pilsen)

Czech opera singer - soprano

She studied at the Conservatory, then later at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Theodor Šrubař. During her studies she performed at the Theatre in Karlín. From 1965, she also performed in the Prague Chamber Opera and from 1967 to 1970 in Liberec. From the year 1973 she was a member of the National Theatre in Prague. She asserted herself especially in coloratura and lyrical soprano roles and she created many characters such as Mozart's Zuzana in Figaro Marriage, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Quenn of the Night in The Magic Flute, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale; her roles from Verdi operas include Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Traviata, further i.e. Karolina in Smetana's Two Widows, Olympia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Zerbinetta in Strauss's Ariadne on Naxos and others. She has performed at the State Opera in Berlin, and since 1975 also im Amsterdam, in Bruxelles, Salzburg, Dresden, Edinburgh, Madrid, Moscow, Strasbourg and other places. She is currently teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.