Sylva Čmugrová Giulia (alto)
Between 1985 and 1991 Sylva Čmugrová studied the piano at the Prague Conservatory. In 1989 she began studying singing at the same institution under the guidance of Prof. Jiřina Marková. After completing her studies in 1993 she studied singing at the Prague Academy of Music in the class of Magdalena Hajossyová and graduated in 1998.
She took part in masterclasses in the Czech Republic, Italy and Lichtenstein. She is the laureate of the International Vocal Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary as well as and other competitions including the Emma Destinnová IMC in České Budějovice, Motorola in Ženeva, The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo and As.Li.Co. in Milan.
From the 1996/1997 season she was soloist at the State Opera in Prague where she appeared, among other roles, as Varvara in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, as Fjodor (Boris Godunov), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Orlowski (Die Fledermaus), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Siebel (Faust), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Mercedes (Carmen), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Flora (La Traviata), The Second Lady (Magic Flute), The Second Nymph (The Waternymph), Paulina (The Queen of Spades), and Berta (The Barber of Seville). Since 2012 she has been soloist at the National Theatre in Prague. She took part in several tours with The State Opera and The National Theatre in Japan and Korea.
JAs guest she has appeared in the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen (Niclaus in Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Colombine in Busoni’s Harlequin), in the Musical Theatre Karlín she sang Helena in Polish Blood, in Ústí nad Labem she performed Cherubin. In the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec she took part in a production of The Barber of Seville (as Rosina) and appeared as Charlotte (Werther), and Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), in the title role in Orfeo and Euridice (Gluck) and as The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen.
She has also been dedicating herself to concert and oratorio repertoire and has performed on prestigious stages in the Czech Republic and abroad (Canada, Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Latvia, and others). In January 2017 she made an appearance in Japan, in collaboration with the Pardubice Philharmonic, singing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; in March of the same year she appeared in a Prague premiere of José Cura’s Ecce hommo. She collaborates with leading ensembles and orchestras, including the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Musica Florea, Capella Regia Praha, Collegium Marianum, Collegium 1704, and others. She also maintains a regular collaboration with the Czech Radio.