Adriana Kohútková - soprano

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"An opera singer can identify herself very well with the destinies of Verdis Gilda and Violetta. These are stories of sensitive heroines where the tragical end can evoke not only spectator's tears but very often at us performers, when we forget the being of a performer and live the story on stage."

Biography   

Adriana Kohútková - soprano Adriana Kohútková
studied singing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under Prof. Hana Štolfová-Bandová. In 1993 she became a soloist at the opera of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, where she performed a number of roles from an international repertoire (Gilda in Rigoletto, Konstanza in Abduction from the Seraglio, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Nedda in I pagliacci, Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Violetta in La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie in La fille du régiment, Tatiana in Eugen Onegin and others). She began her career as a coloratura soprano, and later moved into the lyric and young dramatic repertoire.

Adriana Kohútková also appeared with this opera troupe in Paris (Olympia – Tales of Hoffmann) and in Japan (Musetta - La Bohème). In 1996 she sang the title role in the world premier of a CD recording of an opera by E. Chabrier - Gwendoline under the baton of Jean Paul Penin. For the company, HNH International she recorded two of Respighi’s operas. For her performance of the characters of Melisanda (1996), Queen of Shemakha (2002) and Tatiana (2006), she was awarded the Slovak Literary Fund prize. In 1998 she appeared in ten performances at the Grand Theatre de Geneva in the role of Luiza in Prokofiev’s "Betrothal in the Monastery". On the basis of the success of this production, she received an offer for a further co-production (Geneva, Victoria Hall - Janáček and Mahler, Lausanne - Dvořák: Spectre's Bride, Paris – a live recording of 16 of Janáček’s songs on French radio). In the summer of 2002 she sang to great acclaim Konstanza in Abduction from the Seraglio at an opera festival in Budapest. In winter, 2003 she appeared as Mařenka in the The Bartered Bride at the G. Verdi theatre in Trieste, and in the autumn in another production in Zurich. In October, 2004 she guested with the Slovak National Theatre in Japan as Violetta. Then followed concerts in Tokyo with the Czech Philharmonic (Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater) under the baton of Z. Mácal. Right here the Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass belongs to one of her many brilliant interpretative achievements, which was highly honored at Tokyo, Italian Rimini, Prague, Bratislava and Germany. In November of 2005 she sang with a big success the scenic cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff in Madrid.

In 2005, she added to her repertoire the character of Armgard in the opera, Rhine Nymphs by J. Offenbach, which made its world premier in Ljubljana, Rusalka (7th of May – premier at the Prague State Opera) and Tatiana in Eugen Onegin (in the legendary production of Peter Konwitschny). In December, 2005 Adriana Kohútková appeared for the first time in public the as an operetta singer in Lehar’s The Merry Widow (Hana Glawari). In July, 2005 she appeared as Violetta at an opera festival in Ljubljana under the baton of L. Voltolini and then in October at a festival in Salzburg. In 2006 she started her international career rapidly. She sang „Requiem – Oratorio spei“ by Juraj Filas, which made its world premier in Fulda. She came back to Ljubljana as Violetta and in Hamburg she sang to great acclaim as Marie in „La fille du régiment“. In Bratislava she appeared as Mimí and in April she took part on the production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Trieste in the cooperation with Danielle Abbado.

Adriana Kohútková is a permanent guest at the Prague National Theatre, the Prague State Opera, and cooperates with the following orchestras: The Slovak Philharmonic, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester Suisse Romande, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava and with conductors such as O. Lenárd, J. Bělohlávek, P. Maag, Z. Mácal, S. Cambrelling, Y. Darlington, O. Dohnányi, R. Weikert, M. Horvat, J. Kovatchev, and J. Judd, among others.

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