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Biography

Mezzo-soprano Barbora Polášková received musical training at the Prague and Plzeň Conservatories (graduating from the latter´s class of Jaroslava Niederlová), followed up by attendance of numerous master classes in this country and abroad (including among others the Masterclasses of José Cura or Dagmar Pecková, in 2016 and 2012, respectively). Since 2012 she has worked under the coaching of Petr Martínek. She complemented her artistic schooling by language studies at Charles University in Prague. She currently makes regular appearances as a singer in various parts of the Czech Republic, apart from which she has so far toured in Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Israel, Morocco, France and Germany, working with leading international and Czech conductors (Alfonso Scarano, Osmo Vänskä, Zdeněk Mácal, Vladimír Válek, Petr Altrichter, Petr Vronský, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Marco Comin, Norbert Baxa, Vojtěch Spurný, Marek Štilec and others) and orchestras (São Paulo Symphony, Thailand Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Northern Bohemia Philharmonic Teplice, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, or Southern Bohemia Chamber Philharmonic).

She has to her credit several CD recordings: Amor eterno, 2009, featuring 19th- and 20th-century operatic arias; Umění milovati (The Art of Loving), 2009, with music by contemporary Czech composer Zdeněk Zahradník; Písně Almy Mahlerové (Songs of Alma Mahler), 2011, a live recording from a concert at Prague´s Municipal House, with Zdeněk Mácal conducting the Prague Symphony Orchestra; A Tribute to the Jewish Soul, 2015, with Ervín Schulhoff´s Symphony for Contralto and Orchestra “Menschheit” and Gustav Mahler´s Kindertotenlieder (played by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc and the Northern Bohemia Philharmonic Orchestra Teplice, respectively, under the baton of Alfonso Scarano); and most recently, Cesta k slunci (Journey towards the Sun), 2016, a profile album of contemporary Czech composer Jan Vičar, singing solo part in the symphonic fantasy Žítkovská bohyně (The Žítkov Goddess).

In June 2010 Barbora Polášková made her debut as Carmen at the Moravian Theatre in Olomouc where she was engaged from 2010 - 2016 as a soloist of the company´s opera and operetta ensembles, and where she still regularly appears as permanent guest artist. She has likewise worked with the Silesian Theatre in Opava, Plzeň´s J.K. Tyl Theatre, the National Theatre of Moravia-Silesia, the Southern Bohemia Theatre, the Karlín Music Theatre in Prague, and the Northern Bohemia Theatre.

Apart from Carmen, her gallery of opera creations includes the roles of Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Fenena (Nabucco), Kate (The Devil and Kate), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Malina (The Soldier and the Dancer), Dinah (Les Trois souhaits ou Les Vicissitudes de la vie), Mara (A Night Filled with Light), Ernestina (L´occasione fa il ladro), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Wanda (Polish Blood), Boulotte (Offenbach´s Barbe-Bleue), and others.

In November 2011 she appeared in concert with the Metropolitan Opera soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky. At the Opera 2011 festival in the same year she sang Carmen at the National Theatre in Prague. In October 2016 she sang in concert with José Cura at Prague´s Municipal House.

She regularly appears on concert platforms with the Siempre Nuevo guitar duo (Matěj Freml and Patrick Vacík).

Since September 2015 she has coupled her artistic career with teaching solo voice at the Teplice Conservatory.  

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