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
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
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.