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Štěpánka Jelínková







Štěpánka Jelínková - Gabriela´s grandmother

  She is ranked among the great Czech opera stars that entered to the scene shortly before the World War II, and she continued to create a rich artistic heritage until the 70s.

  She studied the piano at the Conservatory in Prague and took private singing lessons with the famous Czech baritone Hilbert Vávra. She was a tenured member of the National Theater in Prague for over 30 years and there she created over 90 roles of the Czech and world opera. She sang nearly every principal soprano part in the entire body of operatic works by Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana; however, her signature role was that of Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy her rendition of Jenůfa in the [digitally restored] complete recording from 1956.
  Her extensive repertoire included the romantic roles such as Cio-Cio-San, Mimí, Michaela, Tatjana and Desdemona, but she was no less appreciated for her unparallelled Mozart heroines. She sang the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro over 100 times, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni over 50 times. She also created Electra in Idomeneo and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. Among her most notable creations were two roles by Richard Wagner – Elsa in Lohengrin and Elizabeth in Tannhäuser.
   She was also a sought-after recital and oratorio performer.
A.Dvořák: Rusalka
Š.Jelínková, B.Blachut
The National Theater Prague, conductor: Z.Folprecht
Prague 1943





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