On 20 April 2021, Eva Urbanová, the Czech soprano and one of the greatest opera stars of the National Theatre in Prague, celebrates her 60th birthday.
Her most significant accolades include two Czech Thalia Awards for portraying the role of Kostelnička in Janáček’s Jenůfa and a Grammy Award for the album Celeste Aida: Famous Opera Arias. Her recording of Janáček’s opera Šárka (conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras) also received a Grammy nomination. In 2003, she won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance in the role of Kostelnička in a Canadian Opera Company production in Toronto. In 2003, the French government named Eva Urbanová a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Eva Urbanová took private voice lessons with Ludmila Kotnauerová and at the same time worked with the renowned soprano Renata Scotto. Since 1990 she has been permanently engaged with the National Theatre Opera.
In 1998, she debuted at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She has performed on the world’s foremost opera stages, including Milan’s La Scala, State Opera in Hamburg, Covent Garden in London, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Volksoper in Vienna, Los Angeles Opera, and others. Eva Urbanová is also well established as a major concert and recital artist and has collaborated with the distinguished conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Jiří Bělohlávek, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Ondrej Lenárd, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, James Levine, Nello Santi, Leonard Slatkin, Roberto Abbado and Riccardo Chailly.
Her extensive discography include Supraphon recordings of Smetana’s Libuše and Dalibor, Dvořák’s The Spectre’s Bride and Stabat Mater, Janáček’s Šárka and Glagolitic Mass and several arias, duets and Christmas songs.