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Jiřina MARKOVÁ

(*9. 9. 1957 Prague)

Czech soprano

She studied at the Prague Conservatory with Zdeněk Jankovský and Marie Boháčová, and later at the Academy of Performing Arts with Karel Berman. She trained in the courses for vocalists in Bayreuth, and Sienna with Paolo de Napoli. From 1979, she was engaged at the National Theatre in Prague (she debuted as Barče in Smetana´s The Kiss). Since 1998, she has been a soloist of the State Opera Prague. Originally, she performed lyrical roles, then later more dramatic ones as well. Her repertoire includes Mozart´s Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zuzana in Figaro´s Marriage, Papagena and Pamina in The Magic Flute, Anne in Weber´s Freischütz, Elisabeth from Valois in Verdi´s Don Carlos, Nedda in Leoncavallo´s The Comediants, Lisa in Tchaikovsky´s The Queen of Spades, Giorgetta in Puccini´s The Coat, Krasava in Smetana´s Libusse, Mařenka in Smetana´s The Bartered Bride, Rusalka in Dvořák´s Rusalka, Káťa in Janáček´s Káťa Kabanová a.o. From 1987, he taught at the Prague Conservatory, and since 1997, she manages her own private School for Music and Vocalists, and since 1999, the Children´s Opera Prague.