Thalia Award for Pavla Vykopalová

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The winner of the Actors’ Association annual Thalia Awards for 2016 in the category Opera – Women is a member of the National Theatre Brno’s opera ensemble, Pavla Vykopalová. She won the admiration of the jury, as well as thousands of audience members in this country, as the title character in Leoš Janáček’s opera Káťa Kabanová. 

This staging by living legend director Robert Carsen and conductor Ondrej Olos premiered at the Janáček Theatre in October of last year, and audiences will see it again on two Saturday evenings, 13 and 20 May 2017. “Pavla Vykopalová was presented with a daunting task: to take on the title role in a production which had originated a number of years earlier, passed through many theatres and was known and acclaimed throughout the world thanks to a recorded version. When comparing her performance with the creations of her predecessors, she emerged victorious,” was how the jury justified the singer’s victory on Saturday in the category Opera – Women. Pavla Vykopalová is one of the most distinctive figures on the Brno, and Czech, opera scene. This was also confirmed by her stunning performance in the role of Clémence in Friday’s Czech premiere (24 March 2017) of Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de loin.

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