Andrea Dankova, soprano

At the beginning of the season Andrea Dankova will make her role debut as Tosca at Oper Graz. After her fulminant success as Jenufa in Alvis Hermanis' new production of Janacek's opera at the Théâtre La Monnaie Bruxelles the Teatro Comunale Bologna invited her immediately to sing the role in spring 2015. Under the baton of Tomas Netopil she will sing Janacek's Glagolitic Mass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in London, where she already celebrated great success as Desdemona and Micaela under Daniele Gatti.

Andrea Danková was born in Lučenec, Slovakia.  She studied at the Conservatory in Žilina and at the Academy of Music in Bratislava.  She won several competitions and prizes, a.o. the “Toti Dal Monte” competition in Treviso and was subsequently invited to sing Micaela in Carmen at Teatro Comunale in Treviso under the baton of Peter Maag. 
Her career’s most remarkable performances included Micaela in Carmen at Teatro La Fenice, Mimě in La Bohčme at Opéra de Lyon (1997), concert performances of Carmen in Tokyo with Kent Nagano and Orchestre de L’Opera National de Lyon (1997), Liů in Turandot and Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra with Daniele Gatti at Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1998), her successful US debut as Micaela and Liů at the Opera of San Francisco under the baton of Marco Armiliato (1998), her debut in the United Kingdom as Micaela and Desdemona in concert performances of Carmen and Otello with José Cura and Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in London (1998, 1999). She sang Micaela at Teatro Real Madrid (1999), Violetta in the new production of Franco Zeffirelli at Teatro Verdi in Busseto and Teatro Comunale Ravenna (2002), concert performance of Julia in Dvořák’s Jacobin with WDR Symphony Orchester Köln under the baton of Gerd Albrecht in 2003 (recorded and released also on CD), La Bohčme at Theatre Santander (2005) and Theatre Cordoba (2006), as well as engagements in Graham Vick’s production of Rheingold (2006) and Walküre (2007) at Teatro National de Săo Carlos in Lisbon.  In May 2007 she made her remarkable debut at Teatro alla Scala as Jenufa in Janáček’s Jenufa and returned to Madrid for her role debut as Katia in Robert Carsen’s famous production of Janáček’s Katia Kabanova  under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek in December 2008. In 2009 she sang Jenufa there with Ivor Bolton conducting. In September 2010 she made her debut as Katia at Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, 2012 in the same role at Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg as well as at Oper Stuttgart.
During her career she appeared in numerous new productions of the Slovak National Theatre and the Prague National Theatre including La Bohčme, Mefistofele, Bartered Bride, Otello, Don Giovanni, Luisa Miller, Carmen, La Traviata, Turandot, Ballo in Maschera.

Her concert repertoire includes Janáček’s Glacolitic Mass (with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall and at Avery Fischer Hall New York; with Myung-Whun Chung and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich; with Jiří Kout and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as with Tomas Netopil at Teatro Maggio Fiorentino Firenze), Janáček’s Eternal Gospel, Dvořák’s Te Deum (with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and New York), Mahler’s 2nd Symphony (with Myung-Whun Chung and London Symphony Orchestra in London), Dvořak’s Stabat Mater (Musikverein Wien), Rachmaninov’s The Bells  (Teatro Maggio Fiorentino Firenze).