Biography

Jana Tetourova belongs to the top young opera singers of contemporary Czech opera scene. She studied at the Prague Conservatory from 1986 to 1992 and continued her studies with professor Magdalena Hajossoyova at AMU in Prague, from which she graduated in 1997. At the same time she took part in master courses of Eva Randova in Ceske Budejovice, Peter Mikulas in Piestany and Grace Bumbry in Salzburg. Already during her studies she drew attention of the jury at Ema Destinova International Vocal Competition, where she achieved first prize and absolute prize. Pursuant this success she was invited to a solo recital in the chamber cycle of Czech Philharmony at the Rudolfino Theatre of Prague in 1996.

In 1997 she became a soloist of the JK Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, where she debuted as Santuzza in Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana. Her vocal skills and extraordinary acting qualities have brought her to the forefront of Pilsen opera scene. During the following seasons she appeared in a number of key mezzo-soprano roles, for example Varvara in Janacek’s Katja Kabanova (1998), The Witch in Dvorak‘s Rusalka (1998), Amneris in Verdi’s Aida (1999), Vlasta in Fibich’s Sarka (2000), Carmen in Bizet’s opera (2000), Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (2000), Romeo in Bellini’s Julie (original title Montagues and Capulets, 2001), Dallila in Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Dallila (2002), Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther (2003), Preziosilla in Verdi’s The Force of Destiny (2003), main part in Dvorak’s opera The Devil and Kate (2004) and Fox in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2004)

Besides Pilsen opera she performed as a guest also at other opera scenes, for example in Ceske Budejovice, in Prague National Theatre (Flora - La Traviata, Pauline - The Queen of Spades) and in Zurich (Varvara - Katja Kabanova). She was also a guest also in a role of Amastris in Handel’s Xerx in Usti nad Labem.

Miss Tetourova is systematically devoting her time to concert activities not only by interpreting oratorio works (Dvorak: Stabat mater, Mozart: Requiem), but also chamber music (songs by R. Schumann, G. Mahler, R. Strauss, A. Dvorak, B. Martinu, P. Eben)

She recorded a song cycle by Jaroslav Kricka Northern Nights and Otakar Ostrcil’s ballad The Orphaned Child for Czech Radio. Together with Jiri Belohlavek and Prague Philharmony she recorded Melancholy Songs of Love by Vitezslav Novak (1998) for Supraphon

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