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Barbora MARTÍNKOVÁ-POLÁŠKOVÁ

(*1.1.1978, Prague)

Czech opera singer - mezzo-soprano

Biography: She works in Moravian Theatre in Olomouc. Guest performances - J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec, Music Theatre Karlín. 
Cooperation -  São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín, South Czech Philharmonic České Budějovice and others.

Studies: Prague Conservatory; Conservatory in Pilsen (Jaroslava Niederlová); Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague; master courses with Dagmar Pecková, Ruthilda Boesch, Roman Janál; international master courses at the International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Centre in Karlovy Vary; master courses at Académie de Sablé in Prague (Caroline Pelon); international master courses Valtice and others.

Repertoire (selection): G. Bizet, C. Saint-Saëns, G. Verdi, A. Dvořák, B. Smetana, G. Rossini, J. Haydn, J. Massenet, W. A. Mozart, L. Délibes, G. Donizetti, P. I. Tchaikovsky, F. Lehár, B. Martinů, J. Strauss, O. Nedbal, Z. Pololáník, J. Vičar, Z. Zahradník, L. Janáček, J. S. Bach, G. Mahler, E. Schulhoff, A. Mahler, G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, M. de Falla, P. Eben, V. Kaprálová.

Competitions: Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (2003); Concorso Internazionale per i cantanti lirici, Alcamo (1998, 1999, 2012); Concorso Lirico Internazionale Citta di Bologna (2003); Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (1996, 2006).

Festivals: Mahler Jihlava music festival (2011, 2012); Dvořák’s Olomouc Festival (2014); Janáček Hukvaldy (2012); International Festival of Sacred Music Olomouc (2011); Harmonia Moraviae (2011); Colores Flamencos Olomouc festival (2014); Chamber Music Festival Český Krumlov (2014, 2013, 2011, 2008); Opera festival 2011 and 2013; Czech Touches professional music festival (2013, 2014); Musica Religiosa Olomouc festival (2013, 2014); Days of Contemporary Music festival (2010, 2011, 2012); Czech-German Days festival, Dresden (2012); International Music Days of Falkensee (2010) etc.

Recordings: Guitarra Cantante (William Recording, 2015); Gustav Mahler/Alma Maria Mahler (ArcoDiva, 2011); Amor Eterno (ArcoDiva, 2009); Zdeněk Zahradník – Umění milovati (Clarton, 2010). 
YouTube: G.Verdi- Nabucco, aria of Fenena - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-NibyYwiZo  
G. Rossini- Stabat Mater, alto aria Fac ut portem - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVNoth90xjc 
J. Strauss- Die Fliedermaus, the couplet of Prince Orlofsky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KLAXLpcI-s

Reviews, articles: "Carmen from Olomouc – very young and very talented Barbora Polášková looks like a charming angel or a cat, who can show her teeth and set them when the things are not the way she wants. Her pliable voice and technically balanced voice suited this kind of Carmen very well." (Lidové noviny, July 2, 2010) 
"The audience got to know excellent mezzo-soprano Barbora Polášková as a song performer. It is hard to believe the way young artist convincingly affirmed her ambitions of one of the most significant performers of the young generation. She managed to pick the atmosphere in each song and her sophisticated voice was carried without any problems or force over the decent orchestral web arranged by Mácal. The vocal capacity and register of her nice voice proved to me impressive and resounding in extreme pitches." (Hudební rozhledy, No. 3/2011) 
"Martínková-Polášková’s vocal capacity is really admirable as well as a dark and very pleasant timbre of her mezzo-soprano." (Harmonie online, December 2, 2014)

Links:
www.barbora-martinkova.cz, www.barbora-polaskova.cz, www.triartmanagement.cz, www.moravskedivadlo.cz

Agency: Triart Management agency

Contact:
e-mail: b.polaskova@gmail.com