Czech opera singer - soprano
Biography: She works in National Theatre in Prague.
Cooperation - J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec, National Theatre Brno, Le Théâtre de Caën, L'Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, Le Théâtre de la Monnaie / Brussels, Opéra de Dijon, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Collegium 1704, Czech Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt am Main, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and others.
Studies: Prague Conservatory (Jiřina Přívratská); Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Jiřína Přívratská).
Repertoire (selection): J. S. Bach, M. Báchorek, F. M. Bartholdy, L. Boccherini, B. Britten, G. Donizetti, A. Dvořák, G. Fauré, Ch. Gounod, G. F. Händel, G. Mahler, B. Martinů, W. A. Mozart, J. Mysliveček, J. Offenbach, C. Orff, J. J. Ryba, G. Scarlatti, K. Slavický, B. Smetana, R. Strauss, G. Verdi, J. D. Zelenka.
Competitions: Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (2005, 1st prize in the junior category), National Theatre in Prague Award, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Award, Conservatory Competition of the Czech Republic (2004, 1st prize), Dušek Vocal Competition (2002).
Festivals: Dvořák Prague Festival (2010, 2012), Janáček May (2011, 2013), Prague Spring (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), Smetana’s Litomyšl (2007, 2008, 2009, 2013), St. Wenceslas Music Festival (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), Music Summer Kuks (2013), Strings of Autumn (2013), Festival de La Chaise-Dieu (2009), Rencontres Musicales de Vétzelay Festival (2009), Baroque de Pontoise Festival (2011), Music Bridge Prague–Dresden (2009, 2014), Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Tage Alte Musik Regensburg (2010).
CD - B. Smetana: The Bartered Bride /Esmeralda (harmonia mundi 2012);
DVD - G. Scarlatti: Dove è amore è gelosia / Vespetta (Opus arte 2013).
YouTube: G. Verdi: Tutte le feste al tempio... Si vendetta / Rigoletto, 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgX9j9GM49k ;
G. F. Händel: La resurrezione, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzdzFBUR7HA ;
W. A. Mozart: La Finta giardiniera, árie Serpetty, 2010 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shZXUEe_qDw;
G. Scarlatti: Dove è amore è gelosia, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Img1KDtPU
Awards: Commercial Bank (CR) Award for the best performance in 2010; Thalia Award 2007 - long-list nomination for the role of Barče / B. Smetana: The Kiss; Thalia Award 2008 - long-list nomination for the role of Nannetta / G. Verdi: Falstaff.
"Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková does magic with her voice and her personal charm. You see her once on the stage and you will not forget about it and make sure you see her in other roles." (Hudební rozhledy, 2013, No. 2).
"Four soloists - Lenka Máčiková, Kateřina Kněžíková, Aleš Briscein and Jaroslav Březina - sang excellently with clear knowledge of the Italian text and they brilliantly in recitatives; however, they provided their characters with human comicality as well. Their interpretation will stand up in tough competition of contemporary specialists in the historically faithful interpretation." Lidové noviny September 12, 2011 - G. Scarlatti: Dove è amore è gelosia).
"…she performed such a great role /of Aristea/ in the clearly defined acting-based form for the first time. She sang her part precisely with her silver timber, natural musicality and the sense for the style of interpretation and subtle varieties in her expression, which was the most important feature interconnecting singing and acting and is a basis of the whole performance." (Theatre Newspaper, May 29, 2013).
Agency: Camerata Ass.
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