Virginie Walterova

Virginie Walterova is a soloist of the Prague Mozart Opera Company. She graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Musical Arts in the classes of Professors Libuse Domaninska and Karel Berman. She also furthered her studies with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany, and was selected personally by Madam Jarmila Novotna, a famous Czech soprano and one of Maestro Toscanini's favourite singers at the Metropolitan Opera, to study privately with her in NEW YORK. While a student, she won top prizes in the competitions in her homeland and in Germany and received the Czechoslovak Radio First Prize for her interpretation of contemporary music.

Since then, she has sung in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia (and the USSR), Belgium and many other European countries. Her NEW YORK debut took place in 1989.

Ms. Walterova's preference for concert stage rather than operatic career brought her into collaboration with top Czech music ensembles, specialising in ancient music (eg., Ars rediviva, Music Bohemia, Cantores Pragenses). At the same time, she became recognised as an important interpreter of romantic and modern songs; her favourites being Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Smetana, Janacek, Martinu and Stravinsky.

Her repertoire, however, is dominated by oratoria works and masses. She has sung over 80 works, ranging from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Matert, to Verdi's Requiem. Her achievement in the fields of cantata, oratorio and song places her firmly among the best in the young generation of Czech singers.

She has performed together with Edita Gruberova in an opera recital in the works of Donizetti and Bellini (CD Supraphon - CBS LONDON, 1988).

She has made numerous recordings, including three CD Profiles: "CZECH SACRED MUSIC" (containing Dvorak's Biblical songs) 1991 BONTON MUSIC, "Virginie Walterova" 1992 ULTRAPHON and "JOHANNES BRAHMS - SONGS" 1997 G2.

She also works as a teacher at J. Jezek's Conservatoire in Prague.

Ms. Walterova performed recitals in Japan /Kyoto 1997, Sapporo 1998, Nagoya 1999 and Singapore 1996 - 1998/

Virginie Waletrova is the winner of the World Prize of Antonin Dvorak by the Masaryk Academy of Arts (Prague 2001)

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