Lucie Kaňková

About me

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 an opera singer.

Lucie Kaňková holds many awards, from different competitions. At the Antonín Dvořák’s  International Singing Competition 2015 Lucie came Second (junior category), and also gained 5 additional prizes.  The following year she came First (main opera category) at this competition  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. In 2020 she won 2nd Prize IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition – Audience Prize. In 2021 she won 1st Prize Nomea Competition and a title “The Best Opera Singer”.

In 2015 Lucie competed her master’s degree, “MA Specialized Music Performance, Opera” at the Bern University of Applied Sciences – a Swiss Opera Studio, passing with distinction.  As her final performance, she sang the main role Teofane in Händel’s Ottone, on the stage of the State Theatre Biel and Solothurn. In January 2018 Lucie graduated with a second master’s degree for soloists at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences; both post-graduate degrees being in the class of Prof.Barbara Locher.  Currently, she is studying on the PhD program “Interpretation and Theory of Interpretation” at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

In addition to solo concerts, during the 2014/15 season she portrayed two different roles in the Theatre Biel-Solothurn, singing in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma the role of Seconda Donna Luigia and role of Kuchtík in Dvořák’s Rusalka. Lucie has experienced many different theatres in Switzerland (Visp, Baden, Schaffhausen, Vevey, Vernier, Düdingen, Thun, Burgdorf, Winterthur, Langenthal) with these productions. In 2016, she produced her own production of Ariadne in Bohuslav Martinů’s opera, where she sang the title role. She has now appeared as Ariadne in different places in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. In 2018 she sang this role in the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Since 2017, she has performed in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and England with the South Bohemian Philharmonic (CZ), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (CZ), Czechoslovakia chamber orchestra (CZ), Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (CZ), Thüringen Philharmonie (DE), Lucerne Artists Orchestra (CH) and with an accompanying pianist.

In the 2017/18 season, Lucie sang Gala concerts at the National Theaters in Prague and Bratislava. In summer 2019, she appeared in the main role of Tempo and Fortuna in Dittersdorf’s Il Tribunale di Giove in Olomouc, Hukvaldy and Kroměříž (CZ).

Soprano Lucie Kaňková sang 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).  Lucie was Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Silesian Theatre, Opava (CZ), Fiordiligi  at the South Bohemian Theater in Budweis and Barče in Smetana’s Kiss at the National Moravian – Silesian Theatre, Ostrava (CZ) during last season. Since 2020 she appeared as Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the National Theatre in Pilsen (CZ). Since 2021 Lucie performs regularly the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic flute at the Estates Tehater in Prague and she has performed this role also at the Opernspiele Munot summer festival in Switzerland and Germany 2022.

Czech soprano opened the season 2021/2022 as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata in LIVE TV broadcast, Chisinau, Moldivia

Lucie Kaňková made her debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Liège, Belgium as a last-minute jump in and earned a standing ovationin March 2022. followed by very successful debut as Gilda at teh State Opera in Prague in June 2022.

She also won the Mimas Music Festival Competition in June 2022.

During the season 2023/2024 she sings Terinka in Dvořák´s Jakobín at the National Theater Brno, CZ, streamed by Operavision platform, Queen of the night, Gilda, Violetta in Prague, CZ,  Anna Bolena and Violetta in Košice, SK, Queen of the night in Budapest, HU, and Queen of the night and 1st nymph in Dvořák´s Rusalka at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège in Belgium.

Currently, she keeps working with Prof. Barbara Locher and KS Gabriela Beňačková.

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