Irene Kudela was born in Yugoslavia from a czech-russian-polish-french family. She started her musical studies in Prag, Czekoslovakia, and Mastered in Paris Conservatory, in Piano, Chamber music and Accompaniment. She is a Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. She is ﬂuent in seven languages, which enables her to collaborate to the preparation of numerous operas, and to assist conductors like Pierre Boulez, Guenadi Rozhdestvensky, Jiri Belohlavek, Kent Nagano, Myung Whung Chung and Charles Mackerras.
She has been invited in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Rome, München, Helsinki, Oslo, Göteborg, Budapest and Paris. From 1985 to 1988, she assisted Mstislav Rostropovitch in all the operas he conducted, in Europe and America. As a vocal coach, she has coached numerous of famous singers, like Rolando Villazon, Natalie Dessay, Roberto Alagna, Renee Fleming, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi and Leonie Rysanek. She is also Chorus Master, invited at the Opera Bastille, Theatre des Champs Elysees, RadioFrance. She is coaching young singers and pianists at the Academie de l'Opera de Paris, the London National Opera Studio and the Foundation Royaumont. Invited in famous Festivals like Aix en Provence, Savonlinna, Salzburg, Orange, Glyndebourne, she has also performed as a pianist in Yugoslavia, Japan, Finland, England and France. She has recorded a Darius Milhaud recital with the french baryton Jean-François Gardeil, and has been vocal adviser for opera recordings by EMI, ERATO, TELDEC, DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON and HUNGAROTON.