Jitka Burgetová :: Soprano



Jitka Burgetová is soloist of the Czech National Opera, where she has interpreted many of the most beautiful roles for her voice range. These include Mimi in both Leoncavallo’s and Puccini’s La Boheme, Liu in Turandot, Cho Cho San in Madame Butterfly, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Xenia in Dvorak’s Dimitrij, Rusalka in Rusalka, and Alice in Meyerbeer’s Robert the Devil. Her first performance at the Prague State Opera was as Jimmy in the world premiere of Joseph Merrick: Elephant Man directed by Daniel Mesguich and conducted by Laurent Pettigirard.

From 2001 to 2003 Jitka was soloist of the Municipal Theatre in Usti nad Labem where she captivated audiences not only in the role of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin but also as Marenka in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Giorgietta in Puccini’s The Cloak and Rosemarie in R. Frimel’s operetta, Rosemarie.

Her remarkable singing and acting in the role of Tatiana helped the Municipal theatre in Usti nad Labem to win an award for its production of Eugene Onegin in the “Opera 2003” festival. The same role brought success in 2005 at the festival “Loket Cultural Summer”. For her performance as Giorgetta in Puccini’s opera The Cloak she was shortlisted for the prestigious Thalia 2004 award.

Since 2005 Jitka has been guest soloist with the Moravian-Silesian National Opera, Ostrava, where she has taken on the roles of Rusalka and also Manon in a newly worked version of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, as well as playing Micaela in Brookov-Bizet’s Carmen and Magda in La Rondine.

Jitka appeared at the Slovakian National Theatre in 2007 with great success in the role of Liu in Puccini’s Turandot.

Jitka’s favourite roles include Rusalka, Tatiana, Madame Butterfly, Mimi, Manon and Marenka. Her portrayal of these roles also met high audience acclaim. Jitka also played Rusalka in the Smetana Festival 2006 in Litomysl with the Prague State Opera.

In September 2007 the Prague State Opera put on a production of original scenic music by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg set to the drama Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. Under the baton of charismatic French conductor, Guillaume Tournierre Jitka sung the role of Solveig. Her rendition of Solveig’s song brought huge applause from audiences. This performance also met high audience acclaim in the Smetana Festival 2008 in Litomysl.

Jitka played Liu the Prague State Opera’s production of Turandot, which they took to the Festival Hall in Salzburg and Jitka’s accomplishment contributed significantly to the success of the performance.

Ms Burgetova also dedicates herself to concert performances. Amongst her repertoire are songs and oratorios by both classical and modern composers. On the concert podium Jitka has sung Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and others.

At the festival called Dvorak’s Musical Nelahozeves, Jitka attracted the attention of audiences with performances of his Moravian Duets.

On the occasion of the 75th Birthday of Polish composer Penderecki, Jitka sung his Polish Requiem with the Latvian State Symphony Orchestra and the Latvian State Choir at the 11th International Festival of Spritual Music in Riga, in the presence of the composer. Critics proclaimed the concert as ‘brilliant’. Penderecki was one of the composers chosen to write music for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Through her work in concert and theatre Ms Burgetova has had the opportunity to work with many well-known directors and conductors both from the Czech Republic and abroad, for example: Michael Tarant, Ladislav Štross, Josef Průdek, Zdeněk Troška, Martin Otava, Roman Hovenbitzer, Daniel Mesguich, František Preisler, Claire Levacher, Hilary Griffiths, Guillaume Tourniaire, Leoš Svárovský, Jan Chalupecký, Enrico Dovico, Alessandro Sangiorgi.