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Magdalena KOŽENÁ

(*26. 5. 1973 Brno)

Czech mezzo-soprano

She studied piano and singing at the Brno Conservatory, from 1991 to 1995 singing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Eva Blahová. She was awarded at the International competition of W. A. Mozart in Salzburg (1995), and consequently received an offer to create a recording for the Deutsche Gramophongesellschaft and to perform in concerts. She was engaged shortly as a mezzo-soprano in the Wiener Volksoper. She performed many roles on many stages primarily with an old music repertoire such as Isabella in Rossini´s L’italiana in Algeri (Brno, 1996), as Idamante in Mozart´s Idomeneo (Antwerpen, Gent, 1998-99), in Gluck´s Paride and Helene (Drottmigholm, Paris, 1998), as Orfeus in Gluck´s Orfeus (Paris, 1999), and as Nerone in Monteverdi´s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Aix-en Provence). In 2002, she debuted as Cherub in Mozart´s Figaro´s Marriage at the Festival in Salzburg and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2003. She performed in operas of 20th Century including the role of Mélisanda of Debussy´s Pelleas and Mélisande in Leipzig in 2001. She is a very cultivated song´s interpreter.