Jaroslav Pospíšil, also known as Jára Pospíšil ( 26 January 1905 Jihlava – 11 February 1979 Prague ) was a Czech opera tenor and operetta singer.
Jára (Jaroslav) Pospíšil came from Jihlava where his father Antonín Pospíšil (1879-1949) was a judge and at the same time dedicated himself to choral singing. Jaroslav graduated from the grammar school in Jihlava and Moravské Budějovice, singing at the same time. After graduation, he had to teach a chemist, but at the recommendation of a family friend, J. Foerstra, went to the Prague Conservatoire where he studied in 1923-1928 at Eugen Fuchs. As a lyric tenor, Pospíšil originally devoted himself to the opera but then switched to the operetta genre. He spent his first engagement in Olomouc’s operetta (1929-1932) and then he started singing dancing songs. After moving to Prague he found an engagement in the Great operetta (1932-1941), where he soon became one of the most popular singers of his time. Together with hundreds of radio and recordings, his glory culminated in the 1930s. Due to his half-Jewish background, Jára Pospíšil had a ban on performing at the time of the occupation and had several jobs, and at the end of the war he was also imprisoned.