Guest of the Opera
The internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková has performed to great acclaim in opera houses and on concert stages worldwide (the Bayerische Staatsoper, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra National de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, Covent Garden in London, San Francisco Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Basel, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Teatro Nacional de São Carlo in Lisbon, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Brucknerhaus in Linz, etc.). She has repeatedly appeared at prestigious festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Prague Spring and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (an artist in residence in 2014). At the National Theatre in Prague, she has performed as a guest in the roles of Olga (Onegin), Siebel (Faust), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Carmen (Thalia Award, 1999) and, most recently, in the double role of the Witch/Foreign Princess (Rusalka). She has regularly returned to her native Bohemia to appear at concerts, particularly singing Mahler’s works, most frequently in collaboration with the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. In 2014, Pecková and Bělohlávek recorded together for Supraphon the remarkable album Dreams (Wagner, Mahler, Brahms, Berio, with the Prague Philharmonia). Her most recent Supraphon project is the intriguing CD Sinful Women (Massenet, Saint-Saëns, Wagner, Strauss, Mariotte, Stravinsky, Cherubini; the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Aleksandar Marković, 2015). She has also made recordings for Hänssler Classic, Teldec and Warner Music.
Dagmar Pecková was born in Chrudim, eastern Bohemia, and studied at the State Conservatory in Prague. Following an engagement at the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, for several years she was a member of the Staatsoper Berlin.
Photo: Alena Málková