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Markéta Cukrová

Guest of the National Theatre Opera. Born in Prague, studied English at Charles University. She received her voice training within a three-year study stay at the State Conservatory in Bratislava and is now honing her skills with the pedagogue Marie Urbanová. She is a sought-after interpreter of Baroque music. She has regularly collaborated with the Czech ensembles Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea and Gabriela Demeterová’s Collegium, as well as with the Swiss orchestra Musique des Lumieres and Poland’s Arte dei Suonatori. She is a member of Mala Punica, a renowned ensemble focused on the music of medieval Italy. In recent years she has performed in the National Theatre’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (2007), portraying the role of Euridice; with Collegium 1704 conducted by Václav Luks she sang Zelenka’s Missa Votiva, a recording of which was released by the French label Zig-zag Territoires; and in the summer Baroque theatre project at Český Krumlov Castle she performed the role of Giunone (Caldara: La contes de’Numi). She has also given concerts comprising oratorios, chamber pieces and songs by Mozart, Haydn, Berlioz, Dvořák, Martinů and other composers. She has also collaborated with Czech Radio and Czech Television. She has performed on stages throughout Europe, in Japan, Russia, Brazil, the USA and other countries, sung at a number of festivals, for example: Festival de Música Antigua in Spain, Prague Spring, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Toujours Mozart, Resonanzen Festival in Vienna, Tropical Baroque, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Festival de Musique Ancienne de Ribeauvillé and Festival de Sablé in France, Biennale Alte Musik Berlin, December Nights in Moscow. Update: January 2009

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