Kateřina ŠMÍDOVÁ KALVACHOVÁ
Czech opera singer - soprano
Biography: Guest performances - J. K. Tyl Theatre, F. X. Šalda Theatre Liberec, cooperation - Philharmonie Luxembourg, Filharmonia Zielonogórska, Europera, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, South Czech Philharmonic České Budějovice and others.
Studies: Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava (Zlatica Livorová); Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Magdaléna Hayóssyová); international singing courses Karlovy Vary (Magdaléna Blahušiaková); Peter Dvorský's international singing courses Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou (Zlatica Livorová); Peter Dvorský's international singing courses Piešťany (Zlatica Livorová).
Repertoire (selection): E. Astorga, J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, V. Bellini, L. Bernstein, G. Bizet, S. Bodorová, A. Boito, F. Caccini, A. Caldara, G. Carissimi, A. Catalani, G. Charpentier, D. Cimarosa, P. I. Tchaikovsky, S. Donaudy, G. Donizetti, J. Dowland, A. Dvořák, P. Eben, G. Fauré, C. Franc, G. Gershwin, U. Giordano, Ch. Gounod, G. F. Händel, L. Janáček, F. Liszt, G. Mahler, P. Mascagni, W. A. Mozart, J. Offenbach, C. Orff, J. Pavlica, G. B. Pergolesi, F. Poulenc, G. Puccini, H. Purcell, M. Raichl, G. Rossini, A. Rubinstein, J. J. Ryba, F. Schubert, R. Schumann, K. Slavický, B. Smetana, T. Stapel, E. Suchoň, J. K. Vaňhal, G. Verdi, A. Vivaldi, R. Wagner, C. M. von Weber, R. V. Williams, H. Wolf, J. D. Zelenka.
Competitions: Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (2010, 3rd prize in the category of opera - Women up to 35 years of age), international opera competition Savonlinna Finland (2012, semi-finals); international singing contest Francesca Viñas Barcelona (2013, semi-finals).
Festivals: International festival Mahler—Jihlava (2011, 2012), Janáček May (2012), Za poklady Broumovska (2010, 2013), Trutnov Autumn (2014), Podblanický podzim (2014), Prague Castle Music (2014) and others.
Reviews, articles: "New Mařenka - Kateřina Šmídová Kalvachová - in the new performance in Plzeň has a nice and lyrical soprano, which is naturally created in vocals (she does not distort the vocals but articulates them, which I really appreciate because there are not many sopranos like that except for Gabriela Beňačková). She is naturally beautiful on the stage and she sang both arias in the first and third act with attitude and beauty of expression when we can say: yes, this soprano knows what she sings about. I am sure she will take piano or mezza voce passages to perfection in the upcoming re-runs. All in all, it was a great debut. We will probably hear about the lyrical soprano in the future." (Opera Plus, June 18, 2014).
Agency: Arcodiva Management