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Kožená, Magdalena (soprano)
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Magdalena Kožená (soprano)

Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory and later with Eva Bláhová at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has been awarded several major prizes both in the Czech Republic and internationally, culminating in the Sixth International Mozart Competition, Salzburg 1995.

After being signed by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999, her recital debut recording, an album of songs by Dvořák, Janáček, and Martinů, appeared on Deutsche Grammophon’s yellow label in 2001 and was honoured with Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award. She was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone in 2004 and has won numerous awards since, including the Echo Award, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, and Diapason d’or.

Kožená has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Sir Roger Norrington. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals. Kožená made her first appearance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2003 as Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and has since been a regular guest. She sang Zerlina for the company’s tour to Japan in 2006 and returned to New York to take the title role in Jonathan Miller’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in 2010/11. Her opera credits also include Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Oktavian in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier (Berlin Staatsoper and Baden Baden Easter Festival), and the title roles in Bizet’s Carmen (Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals 2012) and Charpentier’s Médée (Basel Opera 2015).

Kožená was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2003 for her services to French music.


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