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25 Nov 2005 00:00 - 9 Dec 2005 00:00

Magdalena Kozena in London

Two concerts of one of the best Czech mezzo-soprano in Barbican.



Magdalena Kožená was born in Brno, studied at the Brno Conservatoire and continued her studies with Eva Blahová at the College of Performing Arts of Bratislava, graduating in 1995.  She was awarded several major prizes in both the Czech Republic and internationally (culminating in the 6th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995).  In 1996/97 she was a member of the Vienna Volksoper and in 1998 she sang Paride in Gluck's "Paride ed Elena" in her debut at the Drottningholm Festival.


Miss Kožená’s recordings include a recital of Bach arias, Handel’s Roman Motets and Italian Cantatas and “Messiah” with Marc Minkowski for DG/Archiv, and her first solo recital disc (Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu with Graham Johnson - Gramophone Solo Vocal Award, 2001) for Deutsche Grammophon, with whom she has signed an exclusive contract.  Her most recent discs are recitals of arias of Mozart, Gluck and Myslivecek (with the Prague Philharmonia and Michel Swierczewski), of French arias with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Minkowski and a recital disc with Malcolm Martineau.


Magdalena Kožená is already established as a major concert and recital artist. Her recitals have taken her to London, the Schubertiade Schwazenberg, Brussels, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Munich, Prague, Tokyo, Yokahama and  Sapporo. This season she appears in recital at Carnegie Hall, in San Francisco and in London, Brussels, Lisbon, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Prague. 


Her operatic engagements have included several noteable debuts: at the Chatelet, Paris in the title role of Gluck's "Orphée" with John Eliot Gardiner; at the Vienna Festival as Nerone (“L’Incoronazione di Poppea”) with Minkowski; at the Edinburgh Festival (Sesto in “La clemenza di Tito”); at the Leipzig Opera (Mélisande with Minkowski); at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Cherubino; at the Netherlands Opera as Sesto (“Giulio Cesare”) and at the Salzburg Festival as Zerlina under Harnoncourt.  She sang the centenary performance of “Pelleas et Melisande” at the Opera Comique, Paris under Minkowski and most recently Cleopatra in “Giulio Cesare” under Minkowski.  Recent engagements include Idamantes at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals (under Rattle), Cherubino for both the Bavarian State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera (under Levine) and Dorabella under Rattle (Salzburg Easter Festival and in Berlin).


Miss Kožená’s forthcoming engagements include her debut with San Francisco Opera as Dorabella, Varvara (“Katja Kabanova”) at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Cavalli’s “Calisto” for the Bavarian State Opera.   In 2003 she was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French  Government.




Barbican Concerts:


Fri 25 Nov 2005, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall, London


Daniels and Kožená / Basel Chamber Orchestra


Basel Chamber Orchestra
Paul Goodwin
David Daniels counter-tenor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano ¨


Telemann Musique de Table 3me Production
Handel ’Fammi Combattere’ from Orlando
Purcell Dido’s Lament, Bergerie
Telemann Musique de Table
Handel Rodelinda duet, ’Io t’abbracio’
Telemann - Musique de Table, Allegresse; Postillons
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.3
Handel ’Pompe vane di morte......Dove sei?’ from Rodelinda
Handel ’Se Infiorito’ from Giuilio Cesare
Telemann Musique de Table--Flaterie
Handel ’Scherza infida’ from Ariodante
Handel ’Dopo Notte’
Telemann Musique de Table, Badinage; Menuet; Conclusion



Fri 9 Dec 2005, 7.30pm, Barbican Hall, London


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Simon Rattle
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Mozart Ballet music from Idomeneo
Haydn Arianne auf Naxos 
Mozart ’E amore un Ladroncello’ from Cosi fan tutte 
Mozart ’Giunse alfin il momento’ from Le Nozze di Figaro’ 
Mozart Alma grand’ e nobil core
Haydn Symphony No 92 ’Oxford’






More information about Magdalena Kozena on www.kozena.cz



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 25 Nov 2005 00:00
To: 9 Dec 2005 00:00


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