“With her dazzling looks, Magdalena Kožená is surely one of the most glamorous women on the operatic stage. That's even before she opens her mouth. And when she does – well, you can't argue with that voice . . . Kožená has got everything . . .”

Independent (London)

A BIOGRAPHICAL TIMELINE

Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno in 1973. From 1987 to 1991 she studied voice and piano at Brno Conservatory with Neva Megová and Jiří Peša, and from 1991 to 1995 she was a student of Eva Blahová at Bratislava Drama College. In 1995 she was a prizewinner at the Sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and also made extensive tours of Japan and the US. The following year she appeared as Dorabella (Cosě fan tutte) at the Janáček Theatre in Brno. Since then she has achieved international stardom and extraordinary critical acclaim, appearing in the world’s musical capitals – in concert, recital and opera – winning numerous prizes for her wide-ranging recordings such as the Gramophone Award, Echo Award, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, and Diapason d’or.

1996

Annio (La clemenza di Tito) at the Vienna Volksoper

1998

Idamante (Idomeneo) for Flanders Opera under Marc Minkowski. Beginning of collaboration with pianist Graham Johnson

1999

Signs exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Gluck’s Orphée at the Châtelet in Paris; Nerone (Monteverdi’s Poppea) at the Vienna and Aix-en-Provence festivals. Releases: Bach Arias (Musica Florea/Marek Štryncl); Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Salve Regina etc. (Les Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski)

2000/
2001

Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) at the Edinburgh Festival; Sesto (Giulio Cesare) at Netherlands Opera; Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande/Debussy) in Leipzig; Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Aix-en-Provence and Baden-Baden Festivals; Echo Award “Best New Artist” 2000. Releases: Love Songs by Dvořák, Janáček, Martinů with Graham Johnson; two albums with Bach Cantatas with the English Baroque Soloists under Gardiner; Rameau’s Dardanus, Italian Cantatas by Handel and Handel’s Messiah (all three with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Minkowski);

2002

Les Musiciens du Louvre 20th Anniversary Concert with Minkowski in Paris.Zerlina(Don Giovanni) under Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival. Releases: Le belle immagini, arias by Gluck, Mozart and Mysliveček (Prague Philharmonia/Swierczewski);

2003

Idomeneo at Glyndebourne and the Salzburg Easter Festival and in Berlin and Lucerne, all under Sir Simon Rattle; Cherubino at the Met and Bavarian State Opera; other festival appearances: Mostly Mozart (London Barbican), Verbier and Utrecht Festival of Early Music. Concert performances and recording of Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players. Awarded the title of “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government. Releases: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Gabrielis/McCreesh); Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Les Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski); French Opera Arias (Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Minkowski)

2004

“Artist of the Year” at the Gramophone Awards. Dorabella and Varvara (Kátya Kabanová) at the Met; Cherubino at the Bavarian State Opera. Appearances at the London Proms and at Schleswig-Holstein, Aix-en-Provence and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart festivals. Release of an album with songs by Britten, Ravel, Respighi, Schulhoff and Shostakovich

2005

Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) with Abbado in Modena; Mozart’s Sesto with Mackerras at the Edinburgh Festival; Dorabella at the Met with Levine. Haydn and Mozart arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Rattle. Releases: Lamento – arias, cantatas and scenes by the Bach family, with Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln; Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with McCreesh

2006

Don Giovanni on tour in Japan, Cosě fan tutte and Idomeneo at the Met; Idamante in Salzburg. North American tour with Les Violons du Roy. Concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker under Rattle in the US and Europe; the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Harding in Salzburg; with Il Giardino Armonico throughout Europe. Recitals in Europe and New York with Martineau. Releases: La clemenza di Tito (Sesto) with Mackerras and Mozart arias with Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

2007

Debussy’s Mélisande in Paris; role debut as Angelina in Rossini’s Cenerentola at Covent Garden. Mozart arias in Salzburg with Minkowski, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Rattle in Paris, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela under Gustavo Dudamel at the Easter Lucerne Festival; Respighi’s Il Tramonto in Berlin. Vivaldi and Handel arias with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon on tour throughout Europe. Recitals with Martineau and with Yefim Bronfman. Release of Ah! mio cor – Handel arias with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Marcon

2008

Further performances of Cenerentola at Covent Garden and Pelléas et Mélisande in Berlin; Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilčges with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Rattle and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with them in Japan; extracts from Martinů’s Julietta with the Czech Philharmonic under Mackerras in Prague. Recitals with Martineau throughout Europe; duo recitals with soprano Dorothea Röschmann. DVD release: A Mozart Gala from Salzburg with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Harding; audio release: Songs My Mother Taught Me – Czech songs accompanied by Malcolm Martineau

2009

Der Rosenkavalier at the Berlin Staatsoper; concert performance of Martinů’s Julietta with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiří Belohlávek at the Barbican; concerts with the Lucerne Festival (Abbado), Royal Concertgebouw (Jansons), Gothenburg Symphony, Philadelphia, Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras and Wiener Philharmoniker (all with Rattle), Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Prague Philharmonia; recitals include the Salzburg Festival (with Mitsuko Uchida) and a US tour; Italian and Spanish music of the 17th century with the ensemble Private Musicke at the Aix-en-Provence and Lucerne Festivals and in the Czech Republic. European Vivaldi tour in November with Marcon and the Venice Baroque Orchestra; released this year: Vivaldi arias (Venice Baroque Orchestra/Marcon) and Ryba’s “Czech Christmas Mass”

2010

Chabrier’s comic opera L’Étoile at the Berlin Staatsoper (Rattle); Bach’s Matthew Passion with Rattle in Birmingham and at the Salzburg Festival and Berlin (Berliner Philharmoniker); Mahler with the Cleveland Orchestra (Boulez), Dresden Staatskapelle (Jérémie Rhorer) and Berliner Philharmoniker (Rattle); Martinů with the Berliner Philharmoniker (Mackerras); Schumann with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Rattle); Handel and Vivaldi in Spain and Austria with the Venice Baroque Orchestra/Marcon; Wigmore Hall recitals with András Schiff and recitals with Malcolm Martineau at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade and Zurich Opera House; this year’s releases: Lettere amorose with Private Musicke and Mahler’s Knaben Wunderhorn with Christian Gerhaher and The Cleveland Orchestra under Boulez. She will be on tour with the repertoire of Lettere amorose and Private Musicke throughout Germany and in Brussels, Amsterdam, Prague, London, Paris, Budapest, Brno, Vienna and Warsaw starting in November 2010 until February 2011

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