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Rainerová Jindřiška

Jindřiška Rainerová is one of the best Czech mezzo-sopranos on the operatic and concert scene today. After graduating from the Colege of Education in her native city of Ústí nad Labem she studied voice with Prof. Jitka Švábová, with whom she has continued working up to the present. Her first steady engagement was with the opera ensemble of the theater in Ústí, where the young singer made her operatic debuts in her first roles. After five years she transferred to the opera in Liberec, now as a well-established artist. In Liberec she performed for example the title roles Carmen by Bizet and in Mignon by Thomas. Czech characters she sang there included among others Radmila in Libuše. Maid Róza in The Secret, Martina in The Kiss, Varvara in Káťa Kabanová, and Káča in The Devil and Kate. She also performed the lead mezzo-soprano roles in Verdi`s Rigoletto [Maddalena], Nabucco [Fenena], Un ballo in maschera [Ulrica], and Il travatore [Ayucena]. In Ponchielli`s La Gioconda she not only shone in the role of the beautiful Laura but rendered remarkably the role of the Blind Mother, challenging from the standpoint of acting.

It`s no wonder that the artistic successes of this unusually-talented mezzo-soprano in Liberec were noticed by the most prestigious Czech opera company - that of the National Theater in Prague. Invitations came for guest appearances, as well as direct contracts for new roles which Ms. Rainerova performed for the National Theater - Preziosilla in Verdi`s La forza del destino and the pants role of Adriano in Wagner`s Rienzi. In 1992 she became a regular member of the National Theater`s corps of soloists.

When the Prague State Opera was detached from the National Theater in April 1992 Ms. Rainerova passed to State Opera`s soloist corps. One of her main roles there has been Bianca in Zemlinsky`s Eine florentinische Tragödie, which she performed with absolutely convincing mastery in terms of both singing and acting. She expanded her Verdi repertoire to include Amneris in Aida and Eboli in Don Carlos, with which the scored a resounding triumph during a trip by the Prague State Opera to Switzerland. Also especially vivid was her Ortrude in Wagner`s Lohengrin, which she sang on invitation with unusual success also in Linz, Austria.

One of the pinnacles of Ms. Rainerova`s career to date has been her excrement Kostelnička in Janáček`s Jenůfa. Her splendid performance in this role has been seen and heard by audiences not only in both of Prague`s opera houses [the National Theater and State Opera] but also in Tokyo, Lisbon, Hong Kong, and Bratislava.

Ms. Rainerova is notable for strong voice with wonderful heights and fullness throughout the mezzo/soprano range. Among her other virtues are inborn musicality, naturalness as an actress, and last but not least her effective stage presence. Additional roles in her operatic repertoire include Ludmila and Háta in The Bartered Bride, the Foreign Princess and the Witch [Ježibaba] in Rusalka, Olga and Filipievna in Eugene Onegin, Rossweisse in Die Walküre, Marz in Der fliegende Holländer, Marcelina in The Marriage of Figaro, and the Third Lady in The Magic Flute. She has sung in opera festival in Hersfeld, Gars, Wells, and elsewhere.

Besides operatic performances one cannot overlook Ms. Rainerova`s concert activity, especially her numerous appearances in the Prague Spring International Music Festival. Under the baton of world-renowned Czech conductor Jiří Kout she has sung for example the alto solos in Beethoven`s Ninth Symphony and Mahler`s Eighth. With conductor Gerd Albrecht she collaborated in Dvořák`s Saint Ludmila. Her interpretation of the unusually-challenging part in Vladimir Sommer`s Vocal Symphony [under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek and in collaboration with actor Jan Tříska] was among the greatest artistic successes of the Prague Spring Festival in 2000.

Ms. Rainerova`s concert repertoire includes songs and oratorios in highly varied genres by composers ranging from J.S.Bach to the contemporary Czech master Petr Eben. She has recorded Bach`s St. John Passion among other works on compact disc.

Jindřiška Rainerová is one of those unusually-conscientious artists who approaches each role she performs with a tremendous sense of responsibility, and therefore each of her appearances is a guarantee of high artistic quality. It is no accident that she is an increasingly sought-after singer both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

From a Japanese review of Jenůfa:”….Ms. Rainerova`s performance was fantastic. One can speak in superlatives especially of her ravishing performance in the second act.”