Kateřina Kněžíková, born 1982 in Bohumín, graduated from the Prague Conservatory in 2007 and in 2010 she completed her university degree at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has won numerous competitions, including a prize at Antonín Dvořák’s International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary.
In 2005, Kateřina Kněžíková made her debut at the National Theatre in Prague, where she has been a permanent cast member since 2006. Her operatic engagements include Mozart and bel canto roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marguerite (Faust) and many others.
She has made numerous guest appearances at the F. X. Šalda Theatre Liberec, J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, Theatre de Caen, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels and Opéra de Dijon.
She has performed in productions of many acclaimed directors – D. Beneš, Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann, J. Heřman, L. Keprtová, L. Moaty, J. Nekvasil, V. Věžník etc.
Her professional concert and operatic engagements have involved work with conductors such as S. Baudo, J. Bělohlávek, A. Fisch, J. Gaffigan, M. Guidarini, M. Honeck, H. M. Förster, J. Hrůša, R. Jindra, V. Luks, E. Mazzola, J. Nelson, T. Netopil and outstanding orchestras including BBC Symphony orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Collegium 1704, Czech Philharmonic, Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt am Main, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and many others.
She regularly appears at prestigious international festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, including Dvořákova Praha International Music Festival, International Music Festival Janáček Máj, Prague Spring International Music Festival, International Opera Festival Smetana’s Litomyšl, St. Venceslav Music Festival, Strings of Autumn, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Festival Rencontres Musicales de Vétzelay, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Music Bridge Prague – Dresden, Uckermärkische Musikwochen, Tage Alte Musik Regensburg etc.
She has been broadcast on Czech Radio, television channel MEZZO and the Belgian radio station RTFB International. She has recorded Smetana’s The Bartered Bride for HARMONIA MUNDI and her recording of Dove é amore é gelosia for OPUS ARTE DVD was awarded ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’.