Soloist of the Opera
Mezzo-soprano Andrea Kalivodová graduated from the Brno Conservatoire with Professor Jarmila Janíčková and from Academy of Music in Prague with Professor Naděžda Kniplová. She took part in master classes led by Ralf Düring, Franz Lukasowski, Alexe Gall, Eva Blahová, Fabio Luisi, Otto Schenk, and spent one year on a study visit at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She became a laureate of many international singing competitions. She won the 1st prize of the Emmy Destinn Foundation in London (2001) and was invited to participate at a young singers' concert at Covent Garden. She also reached the Belvedere semi-finals in Vienna, in May 2000 she became the winner of the International Singing Contest in České Budějovice and in 2003 she won the 3rd prize in the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. In 2001 Andrea Kalivodová debuted in the Project Banging on the Iron Curtain (a set of two operas by Vladimír Wimmer) at the Prague State Opera, and one year later at the Ostrava National Theatre as Konchakovna in Borodin’s Prince Igor. In the autumn of the same year she took part in a tour with the Opera Praha production of Handel’s Xerxes (Czech Republik, Germany, Switzerland, France and Luxembourg). From 2003 to 2011 she was a soloist of the Prague State Opera, where she appeared in a number of roles, such as the Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Rosalia (Tiefland), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ježibaba (Rusalka), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Fenena (Nabucco), Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) and especially the title role of Bizet’s Carmen. Since January 1, 2012 she has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. Andrea Kalivodová appeared at the Prague Žofín alongside the New York Metropolitan Opera soloist Leo Nucci in December 2003. In June 2004 she took part at the Vienna Konzerthaus Gala concert marking the Czech Republic's accession to the European Union. In 2005 she took part in the European Tour of Stars to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II (Bozar Palace in Brussels, Kremlin Concert Palace in Moscow). At the revolving theatre at Český Krumlov Castle, she created the role of Ježibaba in Dvořák‘s Rusalka (2009); the production was prepared by Metropolitan opera conductor John Keenan and stage director Josef Průdek. She has been co-operating with such conductors as Kaspar Zehnder, Enrico Dovico, Hilary Griffiths, Fabio Luisi, John Keenan, Heiko Mathias Förster and others.
A dedicated concert artist, Andrea Kalivodová gives regular concerts in Europe and has also visited Japan, Korea and the USA several times. In December 2011, her debut CD „The Path of Love“ with songs by Dvořák, Martinů, Janáček, Eben, Kunc and Ostrčil was released.
Photo: Lenka Hatašová
Update: March 2014