Magdalena Kožená

Magdalena Kožená

Kožená has been able to win at a young age with her musical abilities and their impressive artistic skills critics. The Czech mezzo-soprano who had already made mid-twenties international name, signed in 1999 an exclusive agreement with German Grammophon. Since then, she has matured into one of the greatest singers of her generation, a charismatic artist who proposes the audience at recitals, concerts and opera performances in the spell.

Magdalena Kožená was born in 1973 in Brno, Czech Republic. She sang in the youth choir of the Philharmonic Orchestra of her hometown and studied singing and piano at the Conservatory. In 1991, she took vocal studies with Eva Blahová at the Collegium on for the Performing Arts in Bratislava. Her breakthrough achieved in 1995 as a winner of the 6th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, and the following year she became a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper.

German Grammophon committed kožená than one there recognized the star qualities of the young singer, and immediately brought in her archive Production first album with Bach arias out. Her first recital recording with Graham Johnson, an album of songs by Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu, was published in 2000 on the yellow label Deutsche Grammophon and received an "Award in the category solo singing. Kožená was founded in 2004 by the trade magazine" The Gramophone "for "artist of the year" and has since received many other awards, daruntern the echo award, the "Record Academy prize", Tokyo, and the "Diapason d'or". Among her recent publications in German Grammophon include "Prayer" fOr Voice and Organ with Christian Schmitt (2014) and "Love and Longing" with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle (2012).

Partners should contact your latest album, "Magdalena Kožená - Monteverdi", appearing internationally in February 2016 the respected, playing on period instruments ensemble La Cetra is conducted by Andrea Marcon. Live it presents its Monteverdi program in February and March 2016 the audience in London, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Prague, Madrid, Barcelona and other European cities.

Kožená has the host leading international conductors worked: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Simon Rattle, just to name a few. Its prestigious recital partners include pianist Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, Andras Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida, with whom they live in famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Festival Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg has occurred. The singer gained thorough knowledge of historical performance practice in cooperation with outstanding historical instruments playing ensembles as the English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, La Cetra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Venice Baroque Orchestra , As a concert singer, she is also a welcome guest of the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Concertgebouw.

At the beginning of the season 2015/16 was fOr Kožená a Concert tour with the Vienna Philharmonic, where they Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" at the Lucerne Festival in Birmingham Symphony Hall and the penultimate night of the BBC Proms auffÜhrten. As residence artist, she continues to hear this season in four of the famous concert halls in Europe: at the Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and in the Rudolfinum in Prague. The program includes recitals with Mitsuko Uchida, a chamber music project with Sir Simon Rattle and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, concerts with La Cetra and a great big band event with songs by Cole Porter. Other contributors include performances in the title role in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande with the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra and in Martinů's Juliette at the Berlin State Opera.

Kožená cemented her reputation as class opera singer in the first years after the turn of the millennium. Her stage appearances in Mozart roles were characterized by charisma, glamor and vocal skills: In 2002 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" and the following year she was in a series of performances under the direction of Simon Rattle as Idamante in " Idomeneo "at the Salzburg Easter Festival, to hear at the Glyndebourne Festival and in Berlin and Lucerne. Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera she gave in 2003 as Cherubino in "Le nozze di Figaro" and since then performances there regularly. She sang Zerlina in the Japanese tour of the Met in 2006 and embodied 2010/11 the title role in Jonathan Miller's production of Pelléas et "Mélisande". Her operatic roles also includes Angelina in "La Cenerentola" (Royal Opera House 2007), Octavian in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" (Berlin State Opera in 2009 and Easter Festival in Baden-Baden 2015), Lazuli in Chabrier's L'Étoile (Berlin State Opera in 2010 ), respectively, the title role in Bizet's "Carmen" (Salzburg Easter and summer Festival 2012) and in Charpentier's "Medea" (theater Basel 2015).

The wide range of KoženÁs repertoire is reflected in their recordings fOr German Grammophon. Her albums include: a recital of songs by Britten, Ravel, Respighi, Schulhoff and Shostakovich; "Songs My Mother Taught Me", an anthology of Czech songs accompanied by Malcolm Martineau; Two recordings of arias by Handel and Vivaldi with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon; a collection of French opera arias with Marc Minkowski and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; and Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" with Christian Gerhaher.

FOr her contribution to French music received Kožená 2003 by the French Government to Honorary title "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres".

12/2015

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