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Helena Tattermuschová, (married Stolbenková)

(*28. 6. 1933 Prague)

Czech soprano

She studied at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts. During her studies in 1953, she was a guest performer in the National Theatre in Prague as Barče in Smetana´s The Kiss. From 1954 to 1956, she performed in Ostrava and from 1956 to 1991 in the National Theatre in Prague. Due to her slim figure and artistic talent, she was also able to perform also boys´s and physically demanding roles such as Bystrouška in The Cunning Little Vixen, Aljeja in From the Death House; Little Cook in Dvořák´s Rusalka, Petřík in Novák´s The Small Devil from Zvíkov. Her soft soprano voice has provided her with opportunity to perform coloratura and lyrical roles such as Mozart´s Zuzana in The Figaro´s Marriage, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Blonda and Constance in The Abduction from Serail; Sophie in Strauss´s Rose Cavalier, Anička in Weber´s Der Freischütz, Rosina in Rossini´s The Barber from Sevilla, Violetta in Verdi´s La Traviata, Karolina in Smetana´s Two Widows. She has performed in some films (the 1962 adaptation of Dvořák´s Rusalka). Since 1971, she has been teaching at the Prague Conservatory.