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22. 4. 2022 The Prague State Opera
Rusalka - Ježibaba

24. 5. 2022 The Prague State Opera
Rusalka - Ježibaba

29. 5. 2022 The Prague State Opera
Rusalka - Ježibaba

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Curriculum Vitae

The prominent Czech mezzo-soprano singer Andrea Kalivodová was born in Kroměříž (CZ/Kremsier) in 1977. However, she spent her childhood and youth in Brno, where she graduated from the Conservatory of Music (at Jarmila Janíčková), and where she achieved her first conspicuous singing success - she became the absolute winner in the singing category in the National Competition of Czech Conservatories in Pardubice (1998). She continued her studies at the Academy of Music and Drama, Department of Music in Prague (at Naděžda Kniplová).

During her studies, she took part in international master classes, always with prestigious schoolmasters and artists (Ralf Düring, Franz Lukasowski, Alexe Gall, Eva Blahová, Fabio Luissi, Otto Schen and other). In the end, she decided to accept an offered short term attachement at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und darstelle Kunst) in Vienna where she spent one year. Singing and foreign studies led the young artist to the singing competitions, where she often became their laureate. For example, in 2001 she achieved a great success in London where she won the first prize as a young talent of the Ema Destin Foundation in the International Singing Competition "the Anglo-Czechoslovac Trust", and she was invited to a concert of  young promising singers directly in London's "Covent Garden", where she made her debut with much success. She also became one of the semifinalists in the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna. Among Czech singing competitions, she took part, for example, in the International Singing Competition in České Budějovice (CZ/Budweis) in 2000, where she won in category A. In 2003 she received Third Prize in the singing category in the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (CZ/Karlsbad), and other awards have followed.

She began to host and cooperate with our prestigious opera theatre stages during her studies. In 2001 she first entered the boards of the Prague State Opera in the project "Pounding On the Iron Curtain" (an anthology of two operas by Vladimír Wimmer). In 2002 she made her debut on the boards of the Ostrava National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in the role of Kontshakovna in the opera "Knjaz Igor", and in autumn of the same year she took part in the great opera "Xerxes" tour with the production "Opera Praha". For this opera she studied the role of Amastrys, with which she also visited Germany, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg with much success.

In December 2003 she performed together with New York Metropolitan Opera soloist Leo Nucci at a concert at the Prague Žofín Palace. in June 2004 she took part in the gala concert in the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus to celebrate the acceptance of the Czech Republic in the European Union with success. She gives concerts almost all over Europe, and she has also visited Japan, Korea, and the USA several times. In 2005 she participated in a European Stars´ Tour on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. She has visited the representative BOZAR-Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels, as well as  the Kremlin Congress Palace in Moscow. Andrea Kalivodová also regularly participates in important social events in the Czech Republic, where she sings unique opera arias. In her exclusive interpretation, opera is transported outside the opera scene, where it finds an enthusiastic audience among participants in these exceptional events (such as the Opera Ball in Brno, Ball at Žofín, and the Ball at the Prague Castle).

During her singing career, Andrea Kalivodová was happy to have worked with a number of leading Czech and international conductors (František Preisler, Leoš Svárovský, Jan Chalupecký, Vladimír Válek, Petr Vronský, Hilary Griffiths, Fabio Luisi, Enrico Dovico, John Keenan, Heiko Mathias Förster, Kaspar Zehnder, and others).

She has been performing in the Prague State Opera since 2002, and she has worked there as a soloist since 2003 (today the Prague National Theater). The last role so far that Andrea Kalivodová has produced in her home stage is the poetic Dulcinea (directed by Jiří Nekvasil, conductor Heiko Mathias Förster). In April 2008, she performed the role of Carmen in the monumental version of this famous opera by G. Bizet in the O2 Arena in Prague. She has also performed in this unique production of Carmen in other European cities (such as Budapest, Mannheim, Freiburg). Andrea Kalivodová has also performed as Carmen in almost all Czech opera houses; in addition to the State Opera and the National Theater in Prague, she has also sung Carmen in Brno, Ostrava, Liberec, and Ústí nad Labem.

In July 2009, she performed on the revolving stage in Český Krumlov, in the opera Rusalka in the role of the Witch. The production was directed by Josef Průdka, and conducted by the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, John Keenan. Andrea Kalivodová also writes her own songs, and she is currently starring the the show Alma Mahler, Her Life and Songs, together together with pianist Kristina Kasíková and Valérie Zawadská, who reads the autobiography of Alma Mahler. Andrea Kalivodová also entered the world of operetta. In the Musical Theater in Karlín, she hosts the most famous operetta of Oskar Nedbal, "Polish Blood", in the role of soubrette Wanda. As part of her concert work, Andrea Kalivodová performs throughout Europe, America, Japan, and other countries.

At the end of 2011, Andrea Kalivodová's debut album, "The Paths of Love", was released, which is a LIVE recording of her successful concert at the festival Music of Thousands Mahler Jihlava 2011. Andrea Kalivodová chose to sing Czech music at the festival. This includes classic and well-known titles, such as a the cycle by Antonín Dvořák "Gypsy Melody", which contains one of the most popular songs "My Mother Taught Me". The other songs are from the twentieth century - most of them based on folklore inspiration. In addition to a selection of songs by Bohuslav Martinů and Leoš Janáček, Andrea Kalivodová sang an inner love cycle by Petr Eben "Secret Songs", and in particular two songs that are rarities - the ballad by Jan Kunc "Kate Standing on the Bank of the Danube", and the ballad by Ostrčil "Orphan Child".

Andrea Kalivodová is a frequent guest of the media; she appears on television, in the radio, and she always combines these activities with spreading the good name of the opera. She is also intensively involved in charity projects, the most important of which is her support of IKEMU - patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension, and the CEREBRUM association, which helps people with brain injuries.