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Věra Soukupová

(*12.4.1932 Prague)

Czech mezzo-soprano

After her private studies (1955-57) she performed in Pilsen, and from 1960 to 1963 in the National Theatre in Prague. From 1963, she was a soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1980 to 1992, she performed in the National Theatre in Prague. She created many roles of the Czech opera repertoire including Smetana´s Panna Róza in The Secret, Radmila in Libusse, Foreign Duchess in Dvořák´s Rusalka (also in the film), Káča in The Devil and Kate, Mešjanovka in Foerster´s Eva, Kabanicha in Janáček´s Káťa Kabanova, Donna Isabela in Fibich´s The Bride from Messina but also in another repertoire such as Countess in Tschaikovsky´s Queen of Spades, Amneris in Verdi´s Aida, Carmen in Bizet´s Carmen, 1961 in Bordeaux as Dalila in Saint-Saëns´s Samson and Dalila, 1966 in Bayreuth as Erda in Wagner´s The Ring of Niebelung, between 1968 and 1973 in Hamburg as Preziosilla in Verdi´s Power of Fate, just to name a few. She performed as a concert singer in France, England, Austria, Sweden, Suisse and South America and Japan.