Artists' biography

WALTEROVA Virginie

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Virginie Walterova is a soloist of the Prague Mozart Opera Company. She graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and the Prague Academy of Performing 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 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 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.

Mrs 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 oratorio works and masses. She has sung over 80 works, ranging from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, to Verdi's Requiem. Her achievement in the fields of cantata, oratorio and songs places her firmly among the best in the middle 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 recording, including three CD Profiles: "Czech Sacred Music"(containing Dvorak's Biblical Songs) 1991Bonton Music, "Wirginie Walterova" 1992 Ultraphon and "Johannes Brahms - Songs" 1997 GZ.

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

Mrs Walterova performed recitals in Japan/Kyoto1997, Sapporo 1998, Nagoya 1999 and Singapore 1996 - 1998. . In 2001 was awarded by Masaryk Academy in Brno with the International Prize of Antonin Dvorak.