IMG Artists Welcomes Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková to our Roster for General Management

23 Jan 2024

IMG Artists is delighted to welcome soprano Kateřina Kněžíková for worldwide general management. She will be represented by Senior Vice-President Thomas Walton from the London office.

Thomas Walton says, “I’m tremendously excited to start working with Kateřina at this exciting stage in her career. She possesses a glorious lyrical soprano voice with a true and well-proven artistic maturity, but also enormous potential, founded on a rock-solid technique, and a winning and natural stage personality. Already a real star in her homeland, she is ripe for real impact on the international concert and theatre scene!”

Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, with her “darkly timbred yet crystalline soprano, highly emotional, shining from within” (Onlinemerker) “especially moving, warmly romantic with a burnished tone” (The Classic Review), has drawn superlative praise for her “willowy, seductive voice and natural interpretative skill, drawn straight from the heart, always in full technical control but with a timbre that, enlivened by seductive vibrato, is ideally soft and warm.” (Gramophone Magazine)

A long-time resident artist at the Prague National Opera, and one of the most sought-after singers in her native Czech Republic, Kateřina appears regularly with all the Czech and Slovakian opera houses and orchestras, and further afield at La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Opéra de Dijon, and many others. With a strong background in baroque and Classical repertoire, she has developed naturally into the lyric repertoire, notably as Rusalka (Dvořák), Mařenka (Smetana’s The Bartered Bride), Janacek’s Vixen, and Martinů’s Julietta. In 2021, she made her debut as Káťa Kabanová at the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and returns for this role in 2025. In 2024 her repertoire with the Prague National Opera includes Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Mimi in La Boheme, Micaela in Carmen, and her debut as Janacek’s Jenufa. She will also debut the title role in Smetana’s Libuse and the Fox in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen in concert with the Czech Philharmonic.

On the concert stage her repertoire includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Dvořák’s Requiem, Svatá Ludmila, Stabat Mater and Te Deum, Martinů’s Epic of Gilgamesh, Mahler’s Symphonies 2, 4 and 8, Brahms’ German Requiem, Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Ravel’s Shéherezade. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Vienna, Bamberg, Tokyo and BBC Symphony Orchestras, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, London, Rotterdam, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and Camerata Salzburg, with conductors including Manfred Honeck, Jiri Belohlavek, John Nelson, Karina Canellakis, Jonathan Nott, Serge Baudo, Jakub Hrůša, Domingo Hindoyan, Robin Ticciati, Oksana Lyniv, James Gaffigan, and Tomáš Netopil.

In 2021, she released her first solo album Phidylé on the Supraphon label which won the prestigious BBC Magazine Music “Vocal” Award category in 2022. Her discography also includes Dvorak’s Te Deum with the Czech Philharmonic and Jakub Hrůša for Decca Classics, Martinu’s Bouquet of Flowers, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Richter’s La Deposizione dalla Croce di Gesu Cristo, and a duo recital of Smetana and Dvorak arias and duets with baritone Adam Plachetka for Supraphon.

Katerina remains represented in the Czech Republic and Slovakia by CAMERATA, S.R.O

For more information, visit Kateřina Kněžíková’s website.

Photo Credit: Petr Weigl