The mezzo-soprano Jana Wallingerová, née Štefáčková, studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jarmila Krásová from 1993 to 1999, undertaking private study with the soprano Natalia Romanová in 2001. In 1998 she came second at the Czech Conservatories Singing Contest. Her first engagements were at the Estates Theatre of Prague Opera between 1997 and 2000. In 2000 she joined the opera company of the National Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic, where her repertoire has included Carmen (Carmen), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová), Fenena (Nabucco), Nancy (Marta), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), and Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann). Guest performances have taken her to a number of Czech opera houses, including the Prague National Theatre, at the Estates Theatre of Prague Opera, Plzeň, Ústí nad Labem, Liberec and Ostrava. Her concert activities have brought collaboration with leading Czech orchestras and in 2011 she sang the alto solo in Dvořák’s Requiem Mass at the state funeral of Václav Havel. The Brno National Theatre honoured her with the DIVA 2005, 2008 and 2010 Award, and in 2012 she was nominated for the Thalia award for her rôle as Dulcinée in Massenet’s Don Quichotte in a production at the FX Šalda Theatre in Liberec.