Dr. Jelena Nosková
Winner of the 2001 European Franz Kafka Award for Art Participation, Dr. Jelena Noskova has been a principal operatic vocal coach at the Czech National Theater since 1992, specializing in Bel Canto and Romantic Russian operatic repertoire, as well as the works of Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. At the National Theater, Dr. Noskova works extensively with the house soloists, helping artists develop nuanced interpretations of their roles for stage, with particular emphasis on compositional form and style. In addition to her work with the National Theater soloists, artists travel from as far as the United States, South America, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom to prepare repertoire with her for upcoming performances. As a répétiteur she is best known for her unique method of instruction, where she prepares singers directly from piano-to-stage for time sensitive engagements when an orchestra rehearsal is not possible. Her artistic affiliations include collaborations with: Enrico Dovico, Richard Hein, Vladimir Chernov, Gabriela Beňačková, Roberto Paternostro, Walter Attanassi, Jan Latham-Koenig, Sir David Pountney, Peter Dvorský, Eva Randova, Anda-Louise Bogza, Miguelangelo Cavalcanti, Dalibor Jenis and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, among others.
An active soloist, Dr. Noskova has been featured in opera and concert engagements in the Czech Republic, Russia, France, Italy, Finland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. At the Estates Theater in Prague; where Mozart’s Don Giovanni was premiered in 1787, she has been featured as the harpsichordist in over 200 performances. Fluent in Czech, Russian and English, Dr. Noskova is a highly sought after instructor for young artists. She is a professor at the Prague State Conservatory and Prague Academy of Music (HAMU) where is a member of the Opera department faculty. Additional collaborations include work with Prague Summer Nights Music Festival, the University of Connecticut, and as a member of the Jury for the Vissí d’arte International Competition. As an advocate for mentoring and helping foster opportunities for international artists in the Czech Republic, Dr. Noskova co-founded Opernfest Prague (OFP). OFP is an innovative new program offering training, house auditions and performance opportunities with full orchestra to a select group international young artists each year in Prague.