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Eva Randová

(*31. 12. 1936 Kolin)

Czech mezzo-soprano

She was originally a teacher. She first studied singing privately, later at the Prague Conservatory. In 1962, she debuted in Kladno. From 1963 to 1969, she was engaged as a mezzo-soprano in Ostrava, from 1969 to 1970, at the National Theatre in Prague. In 1970, she began performing abroad, first in Stuttgart. From 1973, she performed in Bayreuth in the Wagner´s operas (among others as Fritzka in The Rheingold, Waltraute in Walkyre, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Kundry in Parsifal). From 1975, she performed at the festival in Salzburg (as Eboli in Verdi´s Don Carlos under the conducting by Herbert von Karajan), from 1977 as Ortrud in Lohengrin, Azucena in Troubadour and other roles). In 1981, she performed in the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Fritzka in The Rheingold, Venusse in Tannhäuser. During the 1980´s , she performed on some of the most important European stages with Czech repertoire, including Kostelnička in Janáček´s Jenufa, Kabanicha in Janáček´s Káťa Kabanova, Amneris in Verdi´s Aida, Ulrica in Verdi´s Masquerade, Santuzza in Mascagni´s Cavalleria rusticana, Marina in Musorgski´s Boris Godunov, Klytaimnestra in Strauss´s Electra) and others. From 1995 to 1998, she was the director of the State Opera Prague.