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(*25.3.1947, Bratislava)

Slovak opera singer - soprano

She studied at the Conservatory in Bratislava and Žilina, between 1967 and 1971, she continued at the University of Arts in Bratislava. From 1970 to 1981 she was engaged at the National Theatre in Prague. She debuted as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace. Many roles followed: Mimi in Puccini´s Bohéma, Mařenka in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugen Onegin, Hedvika in Smetana's The Devil Wall, Rusalka in Dvořák's Rusalka, Jenůfa in Janáček's Jenůfa. She matured to more dramatic and psychologically demanding roles (i.e. Janáček's Káťa Kabanová). She has been seen on many prominent stages around the world (Leonora in Beethoven's Fidelio, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Amelia in Verdi´s Masquerade Ball, Elisabeth z Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos, Senta in Wagner's Flying Dutchman, Ariadne in Strauss's Ariadna on Naxos as well as other roles). In 1983, she returned to the National Theatre and sang Smetana's Libusse here to the occasion of the reopening of the renovated theatre, her performances in the Czech republic have remained seldom; in 2001 she performed Emily Marty in Janáček's The Makropulos Case. Beňačková recorded the atelier version of Smetana's opera The Barted Bride as Mařenka (1975), her voice was used also in the film version of Dvořák's Rusalka (1977) and in the film about the soprano vocalist Emma Destinn The Divine Emma (1979).