Obituary: Czech Soprano Jadwiga Wysoczanská-Štrosová Dies at 93

By Francisco Salazar

Czech opera soprano Jadwiga Wysoczanská-Štrosová has died at the of 93.

Born on May 24, 1927, in Prague, Wysoczanská-Štrosová studied with Vojtěch Bořivoj between 1943–1945 at the Prague Conservatory. Following her studies at the conservatory, she went on to work privately with J. Logačová-Klemensová.

The soprano performed in Liberec and Opava, and at the State Theater in Brno where she became a soloist during the 1954-55 season, Her first rehearsed premiere was the Janáček opera “The Excursions of Mr. Brouček,” in which she played the triple role of Malinka-Eterea-Kunka, and was followed by Marfa and Marenka as well as Aida, Madame Butterfly, and Jenůfa.

During her years in Brno, she made several role debuts as Rusalka, Aida, and Donna Elvira, and also performed at the Janáček Festival to great success. One of her most lauded performances with the company was Sophie in “Der Rosenkavalier” in 1957.

In 1960, she made her Prague National Theater debut and became a renowned ensemble member. With the company, she became renowned for the operas of Bedřich Smetana. She went on to perform the roles of Mařenka, Milada, Anežka, Blaženka, Vendulka, Hedvika, and Libuše from the composer’s works. She also sang the roles of Aida, Tatiana, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna, Mimi, and Jenůfa, among others. She would sing with the company for more than 30 years until her retirement in 1992.

Wysoczanská-Štrosová also performed in concert performances, including the 1967 performances of Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony at the Prague Spring Festival and 1970 Italian concert with the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alois Klíma.