Czech-American classical singer Ema Katrovas’ most recent projects involve the Prague City Gallery, for which she sang in the Light Underground Festival (2020) – where she was praised for her “provocative voice” – and an installation piece for the Monument of National Literature (2022) for which she also created compositions.
Ema started out singing in Czech theaters and concerts halls while she was still an Academy student, performing Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Kammer Oper Prague (2014-2019) and touring Germany and Austria as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the F.X. Šalda Theater in Liberec (2015), with which she subsequently sang La Charmeuse in Massenet’s Thaïs (2016-2019). She also sang the the First Nymph in Rusalka (A. Dvořák.) at the Silesian Theater in Opava (2017-2019). She regularly collaborates with various non-classical ensembles like the theatrical group Indigo Company (since 2016) or the Okamžitý Filmový Orchestr (OFO) conducted by Varhan Orchestrovič Bauer (2018 and 2019). She has also performed in the new music chamber cycle of the PKF-Prague Philharmonia (2022) and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota (2023).
In the years 2020-2023 she worked on the short musical film Echo, built around the monodrama Sentiment by composer Juliana Hall and librettist Caitlin Vincent which has since been postponed. When in the Czech Republic, she performs with Duo KaM, which she founded in 2017 to bring unusual song programs to the general public.
In 2020, she was selected as one of six participants by Thomas Quasthoff for his masterclass at the Bach Archiv in Leipzig. In 2020 and 2021, she studied contemporary vocal repertoire with Sarah Maria Sun and improvisation with Christoph Ogiermann at the John Cage Institute in Halberstadt, where she placed second in the John Cage New Music Competition 2020.
She received her Master’s from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2017 and is currently pursuing an artist diploma at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, where she is working on a project called “A Voice in an Empty Space.” Her final performance called Diva Lazarus, which will premiere in Spring of 2024, is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Société Générale C’est vous l’avenir scholarship.
Ema is also interested in documenting the creative process and the lives of artists, including through her interview podcast series Artists on the Verge. To that end, in the summer of 2021, she had the opportunity to attend the academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival as a cultural journalist.