Štěpánka Pučálková:

Without passion for music, our life would never be the same.

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by Bianca L. Nica
October 23, 2022

INTRODUCTION

Now it is time to introduce you to Štèpánka Pučálková who will capture your attention from the very first paragraph through this beautiful conversation she had with Bianca L. Nica. She says that nothing compares to returning into your hometown and singing for your beloved friends and we invite you to discover her reasons to say that. She also talks about her transition from a soprano repertoire to the mezzosoprano one, which were the challenges she faced during this process, her opinion about being a free lancer, versus a ensemble member, how much importance should an opera singer give to her looks and so many other interesting things.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Berlin, the mezzosoprano Štèpánka Pučálková studying singing at the Highschool of Jan Neruda in Prague and she continued her studies to the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. There she worked under the guidance of Elisabeth Wilke, Josef Wallnig and Eike Gramss and in the year of 2012 she received a master’s degree in opera. In the same year, Štepánka Pučálková was awarded by the organization Stiftung the Mozarteum Medal of Lilli Lehmann. She performed at the Salzburg Mozarteum University and Landestheater in Salzburg, roles such as Mozart’s Idamante (Idomeneo), 2nd Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Larina (Eugene Onegin), Galatea (Aci, Galatea et Polifemo) and Annina (La Traviata). Starting from the 18/19 season, Ms. Pucalkova has been a soloist of the ensemble of Semperoper Dresden.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Štěpánka, it was a great pleasure to meet you in Prague, at the Dvorak Festival, alongside with the amazing Asmik Grigorian, Jamie Barton and Dymtro Popov. What’s the importance of a festival like this for your country and how was it like for you to take part of it? It was a pleasure to […]

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