Alžběta Poláčková

Photo: Petr Burda Soloist of the National Theatre 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 Destinnova Award at the competition held in London by the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust and in 2002 received the National Theatre Award at the Antonín Dvořák 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 Kristina (Janáček: The Makropulos Case), Vixen (Janáček: The Cunning Little VIxen), Mozart’s Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), the Chambermaid (Dvořák: The Devil and Kate), the Landlady (Smetana: The Secret), Mařenka (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Giannetta (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), role of the Second Wood Sprite (Dvořák: Rusalka), Lise (Glass: Les Enfants Terribles), Terinka (Dvořák: Jacobin), Euridice (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice) and Micaela (Bizet: Carmen). 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 performed as Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story at the Opera House in Ústí nad Labem and as Mozart’s Pamina at the State Opera in Košice (Slovakia). 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 Zlín-based 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. With the ArteMiss Trio she recorded a Dmitri Shostakovich’s Romances on Poems by A. Blok for soprano, violin, cello and piano. She also sang soprano parts in A. Dvořák’s and G. B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. 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: May 2014

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