Lucie Kaňková is a young coloratura soprano with an exquisite vocal technique and breath control. She studied singing in Bern, Switzerland with Barbara Locher and in Prague, Czech Republic, with Gabriela Beňačková.
She is also the recipiant of numerous competition awards, including e.g. 1st prize at the Antonín Dvořák’s International Singing Competition 2016, 3rd prize at the Bologna International Vocal Competition 2019, 2nd prize IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition 2021 – Audience Prize and 1st prize at the Nomea Competition, with the mention “The Best Opera Singer”, 2nd Prize at the Neapolitan Masters Competition 2022 and 1st prize in Mimas Music Festival in Italy.
Especially admired for her interpretations of Mozart soprano roles (such as Queen of the night, Susanna, Fiordiligi and Zaide) she is also a much sort after artist for belcanto and Verdi operas: Gilda and Violetta Valéry. Her recent debuts include Violetta in a LiveTV broadcast in Chisinau, Moldova, and Gilda in Rigoletto, at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège in Belgium, conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by John Turturro. Recently she also presented the latter in her house debut at State Opera in Prague. Her musicality and secure intonation make her a natural candidate for baroque repertoire (e. g. Raffaelle in Haydn´s Return of Tobias, Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and oratorios from J. S. Bach and Vivaldi). Her acting, dancing and language skills have also allowed her to expand her repertoire into operetta pieces (e.g. Giuditta and Adele).
Currently, she sings Queen of the night, Gilda and Violetta Valéry at the National Opera Prague; Gilda in Rigoletto and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, at the Opava Theatre and Queen of the night at the Opernspiele Munot, Switzerland.