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Marta KRÁSOVÁ

(*16. 3. 1901 Protivín near Písek †20. 2. 1970 Vráž near Beroun)

Czech soprano

She studied in České Budějovice, singing with Bohuslav Jeremiáš. She continued her studies with Olga Valoušková, Růžena Maturová, Ludmila Neumannová, Konrad Wallerstein and in Vienna with M. Ullanowsky. From 1922, she worked at the Slovakian National Theatre in Bratislava as a mezzo-soprano. She sang Anežka in Smetana´s Two Widows, Foreign Ducheness in Dvořák´s Rusalka, Dalila in Saint-Saëns´s Samson and Dalila, Octavian in Strauss´s Rose Cavalier. From 1928 to 1966, she was a member of the National Theatre. Her voice had an extraordinary range from contra-alto to the dramatic soprano. She had perfect vocal technique and gift as a dramatic performer. She performed in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Madrid, Paris, Moskow, Warszawa, as well as in the USA and Canada. She was an ideal interpreter of mezzo-soprano roles from the Czech repertoire (Virgin Rosa in Smetana´s The Secret, Witch in Dvořák´s Rusalka, Donna Isabela in Fibich´s The Bride from Messina, Kostelnička in Janáček´s Jenůfa, Kabanicha in Janáček´s Káťa Kabanová) and she was also excellent in other roles such as Orfeus in Gluck´s Orfeus and Eurydice, Amneris in Verdi´s Aida, Eboli in Verdi´s Don Carlos, Carmen in Bizet´s Carmen, Ortruda in Wagner´s Lohengrin, Ariadna in Strauss´s Ariadne on Naxos, just to name a few.