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Marie PODVALOVÁ

(*5. 9. 1909 Čakovice near Prague †16. 5. 1992 Prague)

Czech soprano

She studied at the Prague Conservatory with Doubravka Branbergerová, Pavel Dědeček and direcktor Ferdinand Pujman. From 1935 to 1937, she was engaged as a soprano in Brno (she debuted as Martin in Musorgski´s Boris Godunov). From 1937 to 1978, she was engaged at the National Theatre in Prague, where she matured into a great artist under the conducting of Václav Talich and Zdeněk Chalabala. She was more that twenty years the main interpreter of dramatic roles such as Milada in Smetana´s Dalibor, Anežka in Two Widows, Hedvika in The Devil Wall; Foreign Duchess in Dvořák´s Rusalka, Armida in Dvořák´s Armida; Kostelnička in Janáček´s Jenůfa, Emilia Marty in The Case Macropulos; Venus in Wagner´s Tannhäuser, Senta in The FlyingDutchman, Ortruda in Lohengrin; Šárka in Fibich´s Šárka, Leonora in Beethoven´s Fidelio, Aida inVerdi´s Aida, Santuzza in Mascagni´s Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca in Puccini´s Tosca and others. She had a strong dramatic soprano voice, natural musicality, ab impressive appearance and dramatic talent. Her beest-known role after 1938 and after the Second World War on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague was the role of Smetana´s Libusse.