Education and Career

Soprano Ema Katrovas

had the honor of being chosen by Thomas Quasthoff for his masterclass at the Bach Archiv in Leipzig this season, where she focused on works by J.S. Bach. This season will also see her debut at the Smetanova Litomyšl Festival as the soprano soloist in the opera Jsem kněžna bláznů by Lenka Nota and Olga Sommerová. 

She began her career in Czech theaters and concerts halls, singing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart) with the Kammer Oper Prague and touring Germany and Austria as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the F.X. Šalda Theater in Liberec, where she subsequently sang La Charmeuse in Massenet’s Thaïs. In 2017, she debuted at the Silesian Theater in Opava as the First Nymph in Rusalka (A. Dvořák.) She is also an active concert soloist in Prague, performing with various instrumental and choral ensembles.

She received her Masters from the Prague Academy of Music in 2017 and began her formal education at Western Michigan University where she obtained her first stage experience in various opera and opera scenes productions (Dido and Aeneas, Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, Cosí fan Tutte, Madama Butterlfy, Werther) and was selected by the voice faculty to sing in La Traviata with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.  She played various roles at the Prague Academy of Music, most notably Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart.) In 2011, she took part in the prestigious Opera Works summer program. In the 2018/2019 season, she studied the roles of Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Musetta (La Bohéme) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in Italy. 

She was a finalist in the Opera Grand Rapids Young Vocalist Competition (2013) and won the Expectation Prize at the Vissi d´Arte International Competition (2016).

Interests and Projects

She takes a strong interest in Baroque music. She participated in the Baroque School of Music in Holešov (2016 and 2017) where she was selected as a soloist in St. John´s Passion (J.S. Bach). She also studied at the Bach Meisterkurs 2017 in Leipzig. In the 2018/2019 seasons, she sang the role of Hébé and Amour in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes with Ensemble OrQuesta in London. 

She has a natural affinity for New Music and enjoys working with contemporary composers. During her undergraduate work, she premiered numerous works by her colleagues in the composition department. To perfect her interpretation of contemporary music, she took a year of composition classes during which time her composition was selected to be performed at WMU´s New Sounds Festival in 2013. She continues her work with contemporary composers in the Czech Republic and collaborated with Ensemble Terrible (2017) as well as the Okamžitý Filmový Orchestr (OFO) under the baton of Varhan Orchestrovič Bauer (2018 and 2019).

Under the auspices of Opera Studio Praha, she prepared a recital tour of the songs of Czech composers Vítězslava Kaprálová and Bohuslav Martinů which had its premiere in the United States in the Fall of 2017.

In 2017 she founded Duo KaM which specializes in (mostly Czech) art songs of the 20th and 21st century.

Contact: ema.katrovas@gmail.com

Photo by Ilona Sochorová

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