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Alžběta Poláčková

Soloist of the Opera

She studied voice at the Music Faculty of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Prof. René Tuček. She enjoyed great success at several international voice competitions. She won 1st prize and the Ema Destinnová Award at the competition held in London by the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust and in 2002 received the National Theatre Award at the The International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. She was subsequently invited to become a guest artist at the National Theatre, where she has rendered the role of Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni). Since 2003 she has been permanently engaged. At the National Theatre she has sung Mary, Mariken, Soprano (Martinů: The Miracles of Mary), Mařenka (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Janáček’s Kristina (The Makropulos Case) and Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen), Gluck’s Euridice, Mozart’s Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Dvořák‘s The Second Wood Sprite (Rusalka) and Terinka (The Jacobin), The Book and Mermaid (Ivanović: The Enchantia). In the State Opera she has performed as Bizet‘s Micaela (Carmen) and Dvořák‘s Rusalka. In June 2011, she caused attention as Lise (Glass: Les Enfants Terribles) in the production of the National Theatre Opera during the Prague Quadrennial. For the Inspirace Theatre she created the role of Silvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto and the role of the Maiden in Marko Ivanović’s opera The Maiden and Death. She has also performed at concerts; for example, within Vienna’s Musikerlebnis Mitteleuropa festival and Österreichische Europa-Tage in Krakow. She has collaborated with Virtuosi di Praga, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, etc. In 2003 she appeared at the Smetana’s Young Litomyšl festival in the role of Mařenka in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. She has several times performed at the Prague Spring Festival and Smetana‘s Litomyšl. In 2014, she sung The Second Wood Sprite in concert performances of Rusalka with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. With the ArteMiss Trio, she recorded D. Shostakovich - Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok. She took part in the recording of Janáček‘s The Eternal Gospel with Tomáš Netopil (Supraphon, 2014). She has worked with several famous conductors, for example Jiří Bělohlávek, Asher Fish, Iván Fischer, Tomáš Netopil, Oliver Dohnányi, Ondrej Lenárd, Jakub Hrůša, and Tomáš Hanus.


Update: September 2014

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