Jolana Fogašová studied classical singing at the Conservatoire in Bratislava (1986-1990) and at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts under the guidance of Professor V. Stracenska (1990-1994), where she also completed her doctorate in 2009. In recent years she has been working with Professor J. Loibl in Munich. She was taught by Carlo Bergonzi in Masterclasses in Siena, Italy. She was awarded a scholarship by the Friends of the Vienna State Opera. She was also a finalist in “Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition“. Since 1992 she has been a permanent guest at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. The same year she launched her international career. She sang at a Concert alongside the world-famous tenor José Carreras.
During her operatic performances and concerts, she has worked with many remarkable conductors: Z. Mehta, F. Luisi, P. Boulez, L. Hager, J. Latham-Konig, J. Svetlanov, N. Bareza, Zhang Guoyong, M. Letonja, E. Villaume, O. Kazushi, E.de Waart, J. Mercier, J. Kovács, J. Bělohlávek, M. Venzago, S.A. Reck , J. Fiore, I. Fischer, O. Lenárd, S. Lano, A. Eschwé, R.Štúr, T. Netopil, J. Kyzlink, R. Jindra, L. Langrée, G. Korsten, H. Wolf.. and others.
She has worked with stage director : H. De Ana, L. Ronconi, P.L. Pizzi, G. De Bosio, W. Friedkin, F. Zambello, A. McDonald, , Ch. Roubaud , N. Joel, S. Medcalf, P. Curran, M. Schweigkofler, H.J. Ruckhäberle and others.
Her melodramatic soprano repertiore covers a wide area od operatic parts, which are enbled by her voice type “soprano spinto d’agilita”: Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Elza von Brabant (Lohengrin), Salome, Venuss (Tannhauser), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Elisabetta (DON Carlo), Eglantine (Euryanthe), Gioconda (La Gioconda), Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), Lucrezia Contarini (Due Foscari), Abigaille (Nabucco), Joan of Arc (Joan of Arc), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Santuzza (Cavelleria Rusticana), Marina (Boris Godunov), Lucrezia Borgia (Lucrezia Borgia), Witch and the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) and others.
She has worked with many renowned orchestras: Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Suisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Slovenská filharmónia, Matáv Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestre National Bordeaux – Aquitaine, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hessische Rundfunk Orchester, Nord Nederlands Orchestra, Orchestre National ďIle de France, Dusseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestra del Teatro Verdi Trieste, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Picardie and others.
Her concert repertoire includes pieces by J.S. Bach, J.B. Pergolesi, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, G. Verdi, A. Bruckner, G. Mahler, A. Dvořák,
F. Mendelssohn – Bartoldy, A. Skrjabin, Z. Kodály, L. Janáček, B. Martinů, L. Nono, Penderecky, I. Stravinsky and others.
Her international performances took her to: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Belgium (Brusel, Brugges), Czech Republic (Praha, Brno, Cesky Krumlov,), France (Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasburg, Montpellier), Greece (Athens), Holand (Amsterdam, Haag, Leeuwarden, Drachten, Groningen), China (Peking, Xian), Croatia (Split), Japan (Tokyo), Hungary (Budapest, Miskolc, Sopron), Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Koln, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Bamberg, Halle, Furth, Regensburg), Portugal (Lisbon), Austria (Vienna, Bregenz, Salzburg, Linz, Graz, Krems, Lilienfeldt), Spain (Cuenca), Switzerland (Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne, Basel), Italy (Roma, Milano, Napoli, Bologna, Firenze, Trieste, Cagliari, Catania, Brescia, Arona), Turkey (Istanbul) etc.
She has recorded several CDs:
Famous arias – under the baton of Rastislav Štúr with the Slovak Philharmonic
Lullabies – a chamber arrangement of famous lullabies
Euryanthe – by Weber under the baton of G. Korsten