“She’s great, she’s an element, she’s a real artist, you can be proud of her.”
Plácido Domingo for Czech TV
Soprano Lada Bočková has been a new member of the opera ensemble Theater Bonn in Germany since September 2020, where, despite a very limited last season, she successfully debuted in the title role of La Calisto (Cavalli) and the role of Nero (Agrippina). In the season 2021/2022 she will perform as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Laudine (Iwein), Tebaldo (Don Carlos) and will also return to the role of Clorinda (La Cenerentola). A graduate of JAMU in Brno, she has been a member of the opera studio at the Teatro Lirico Spoleto since April 2017, where she made her debut as Frasquita (Carmen), Dorina (L’impressario delle Canarie), Ivana (Re di Donne), Violetta (La Traviata) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) at the prestigious Due Mondi Festival. In 2018, she performed the role of Olga (Die lustige Witwe) at the famous Teatro La Fenice in Venice and became a guest soloist at the National Theater in Brno and the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava, where she shone as Despina (Così fan tutte).
In 2019, she was the first Czech female singer in the history to successfully participate in two world singing competitions: Operalia of Plácido Domingo and The Queen Sonja Competition in Norway. She is also a laureate of the Interpretation Competition of the Czech Philharmonic in Prague, the Hilde Zadek Competition, Otto Edelmann competition in Austria and the “SWR Junge Opernstars” with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Germany. She performs with leading Czech orchestras (Czech Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic).
Lada Bočková was born in Brno, Czech Republic. She started singing under professional guidance of Sylvia Kodetová at the J. G. Mendel Primary Art School in Brno. She then studied singing at the Brno Conservatory at Jarmila Janíčková’s class and during the last year of the Conservatory she won the Bohuslav Martinů Song Contest in Prague and together with 1st place she also won the Beno Blachut Prize and the Czech Radio Prague Prize.
She studied at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno in 2011-2016 under the direction of Natalia Romanova-Achaldze. While studying at the academy her first theatrical performance in the Chamber Opera of the Orli Theatre were roles of Esmeralda in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni or The Vixen in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has participated in a number of competitions, festivals and master classes during the studies (Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, China) and began to collect prizes.
In 2014 she won 1st place at the Olomouc Song Contest, a laureate title and a concert with the Olomouc Theater Orchestra. A year later, she became the absolute winner and won 1st place in the Prague Singer competition, along with the Voice Center Award and Jiřina Marková-Krystlíková Prize. In 2015 she finished second in the Dušek’s musical youth international singing competition. The year 2016 brought the Honorable Mention, the Gustav Mahler Festival Prize and the Brno National Theater Prize at the 51st International Competition of Antonín Dvořák, Karlovy Vary. International success came with 1st place in the 34th Concorso Internazionale di canto lirico “Premio Boni” in the Italian city of Brescia.
The exciting year of 2017 culminated in two extraordinary November weeks in Vienna at Otto Edelmann singing competition. She was among the seven best of 130 competitors and in the finals she won a special Seefestspiele Mörbisch award. Then she won The Competition of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation in Prague, and in the evening she appeared at the HAMU Hall at a Winners concert recorded by the Czech Radio. In the spring 2019 performed with The Czech Philharmonic after winning The Czech Philharmonic Competition in Rudolfinum, Prague.
2019 Operalia ”The World Opera Competition” (Prague/CZ): semifinal
2019 11. Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb (Vienna/A): Sonderpreis der mdw und MUK
2018 37. International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Jurmala/Latvia): semifinal
2018 2nd The Czech Philharmonic Competition (Prague/CZ): 1st prize
2017 5th International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition (Vienna/A): Prize of Seefestspiele Mörbisch
2017 22. The Competition of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation (Prague/CZ): 1st prize, Harmonia Award
2017 71st Concorso “Comunità Europea“ per Giovani Cantanti Lirici (Spoleto/IT): 2nd prize, “Cesare Valletti” Special Prize, Courses and Debut in opera season 2017/2018
2017 34th Concorso Internazionale di canto lirico “Premio Boni” (Brescia/IT): 1st prize
2016 50th International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition (Karlovy Vary/CZ): Honorary Mention, Award of Gustav Mahler Festival, Award of National Theatre in Brno