Soprano Lucie Kaňková currently sings Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La Traviata and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Silesian Theatre, Opava (CZ). In 2020 she also appears as Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the National Theatre in Pilsen (CZ). In 2021 Lucie will perform the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic flute at the Opernspiele Munot summer festival in Switzerland and Germany, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Silesian Theatre, Opava (CZ) and Barče in Smetana’s Kiss in the National Moravian – Silesian Theatre, Ostrava (CZ).
Lucie Kaňková was born into an esteemed musical family in Prague, Czech Republic. At the age of four, she started to play violin and piano.
In 2002 she successfully passed the demanding selection examinations to gain a place at the Music High School (Gymnasium) in Prague, where she cultivated her abilities to play violin. Six years later, she continued her musical education at the Prague Conservatory, graduating with a DiS. degree (diplomized specialist) in 2012.
In 2010, Lucie was granted the opportunity to participate in a project by the Swiss composer Mathias Spohr, where she sang the main female role Miesmies in the contemporary opera Spiegel das Kätzchen, based on Paul Burkard’s famous novel. She performed on different stages in the Czech Republic and Switzerland (Theater Winterthur, Langenthal, Zürich Rigiblick). After this production, she was inspired to develop a career as opera singer.
Lucie Kaňková holds many awards, from different competitions. At the Antonín Dvořák’s International Singing Competition 2015 Lucie came Second, and also gained 5 additional prizes. The following year she came First in the Opera Category of the Dvořák, with 8 additional prizes, including two contracts with theatres (in Bratislava SK and Opava CZ), as well as contracts with an opera festival in Kutná Hora (CZ), with 3 symphony orchestras and with radio Classic CZ. In 2017 Lucie Kaňková won the 2nd prize with a special prize for interpretation at the American International Czech & Slovak Voice Competition in the USA. Furthermore she obtained 2nd prize including all special prizes for interpretation and performances at the Bohuslav Martinů’s Competition in Prague (CZ). In July 2019 she won 3rd place at the challenging Bologna International Vocal Competition in Italy.
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