Mezzo-soprano

Stepanka Pucalkova

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Michael Morelli
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Ole Justesen
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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Berlin, the mezzo-soprano Stepanka Pucalkova graduated in 2005 studying singing at the High school of Jan Neruda in Prague. In 2007 she continued her studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she worked under the guidance of Elisabeth Wilke, Josef Wallnig and Eike Gramss. In 2012 the artist received her master’s degree in opera. The same year Stepanka Pucalkova was awarded by the organization Stiftung the Mozarteum Medal of Lilli Lehmann.

Stepanka Pucalkova worked with famous conductors and directors as Danielle Gatti, Stefan Herheim, Mariusz Trélinski, Mirga Granžynite-Tyla, Friedrich Haider, Marco Guidarini, Jiří Heřman, Leo Hussain, Eike Gramss, Keith Warner and Roland Böer.

Future engagements include Carmen at Wiener Volksoper, Bruckner/Te Deum in Salzburg, Charlotte/Werther and Suzuki/Madama Butterfly in State Opera Prague. Stepanka Pucalkova is also engaged in ensemble with Semperoper Dresden where she will perform among others Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro, Flora Bervoix/La traviata, Nicklausse & die Muse/Les contes d’Hoffmann, Urbain/Les Huguenots, Rosina/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hagar/Die andere Frau, Maddalena/Rigoletto, Olga/Eugen Onegin.

Most recently Stepanka Pucalkova has performed Mozart’s Davide Penitente at Mozarteum Salzburg, Christmas Oratiorio with Copenahagen Royal Chapel Choir, Charlotte/Werther, Stéphano/Roméo et Juliette and Suzuki/Madama Butterfly in State Opera Prague as well as El Sombrero de tres picos by De Fallain with Kristiansand Symfoniorkester. In her ensemble with Semperoper Dresden she performed 2. Solostimme/Moses und Aron, Mercédès/Carmen, Sesto Pompeo/Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Emily/4.48 Psychosis and Urbain/Les Huguenots.

In season 16/17 Stepanka performed El Sombrero de tres picos by Manuel De Falla in Kristianand, Siegrune/Die Walküre with Christian Thieleman at Osterfestspiele Salzburg and at Beijing Music Festival, also Suzuki/Madama Butterfly at State Opera Prague and 3rd Lady/The Magic Flute on tour in Japan with Prague State Opera.

In season 15/16 the young mezzo made her role debut as Suzuki (G. Puccini: Madama Butterfly), also performed the roles of Stéphano (Ch. Gounod: Roméo et Juliett), 3rd Dame (W.A.Moazrt: The magic flute) and 1. Maidservant (R. Strauss: Elektra) in the State opera Prague. In Autumn 2016 she performed the role of 3rd Lady in „Die Zauberflöte“ on japanese tour with Prague State opera.

In Autumn 2014 Stepanka Pucalkova performed as a guest in the Prague State Opera in the role of the Servant (R. Strauss: Salome), in the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Annius in La clemenza di Tito), as well as Mercedes (Bizet: Carmen) in Landestheater Bregenz und Landesthetare Salzburg.

Furthermore Stepanka Pucalkova performed in a number of productions at the Salzburg Mozarteum University and Landestheater in Salzburg, including roles such as Mozart´s Idamante (Idomeneo), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute) and Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro), Octavian (R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier), Larina ( Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Galatea (Handel: Aci, Galatea et Polifemo) and Annina (Verdi: La traviata). In summer of  2013 she performed Lehrbube/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Haus for Mozart (Salzburger Festspiele) with conductor Danielle Gatti and stage director Stefan Herheim. In March 2014 in Salzburg she presented herself as Sesto (Mozart: La clemenza di Tito) and in the same role in Summer of 2014 at Teatro Romano Fiesole in Florenz (Italy).

In December 2016 the artist won the second prize in category “The best female voice” on Concours international de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini” in Marseille.

REPERTOIRE

REPERTOIRE

Opera 
Bizet, G. Carmen Mercedes
Dvorak, A. Rusalka Kitchen boy
Rusalka Second wood sprite
Gounod, C. Romeo et Juliette Stephano
Lully, J.-B. Acis et Galathee Galatea
Mozart, W.A. Die Zauberflöte Zweite Dame
Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame
Idomeneo Idamante
La clemenza di Tito Annio
La clemenza di Tito Sesto
Le nozze di Figaro Marcellina
Puccini, G. Madama Butterfly Suzuki
Rossini, G. Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
Strauss, R. Elektra 1. Magd
Salome Page
Tchaikovsky, P.I. Eugene Onegin Larina
Verdi, G. La traviata Annina
Wagner, R. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Lehrbube
Die Walküre Siegrune
Concert
Bello, L. Folk songs
Brahms, J. Gypsy songs
Dvorak, A. Gypsy songs, Love songs, Folk songs, Biblic songs
Requiem
Stabat Mater
Eben, P. Six love songs
Falla, M.d. Siete canciones populares espanolas
Mahler, G. Des knaben Wunderhorn
Mendelssohn, F. Paulus
Mozart, W.A. C minor Mass
Requiem
Rossini, G. Petite messe solennelle
Ryba, J.J. Czech christmas mass
Saint-Saëns, C. Oratorio de Noel

AUDIO & VIDEO

Stepanka Pucalkova – Great Mass in C minor by W.A. Mozart – Laudamus te

Stepanka Pucalkova – Il Barbiere Di Siviglia by G. Rossini – Una voce poco fá

Stepanka Pucalkova – Stabat mater by A. Dvořák – Inflammatus et accensus

Stepanka Pucalkova – Der Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss – Wie du warst

REVIEWS

Svatava Barančicová, Opera Plus

“Štěpánka Pučálková presented herself very nicely as her (Cio Cio Sans) devoted companion and maid Suzuki, her darkly coloured mezzo stood out especially in the last act before the suicide of Cio-Cio-San.”
– Svatava Barančicová, Opera Plus

Helena Havlíková, Lidové noviny

“Among other soloists, Štěpánka Pučálková beautifully expressed empathy towards Cio-Cio-San with her distinctive mezzo-soprano.”

– Helena Havlíková, Lidové noviny

Michaela Vostřelová, Hudební rozhledy

“..as well as Štěpánka Pučálková, who coped with the role of Suzuki with solid technique and acting credibility”
– Michaela Vostřelová, Hudební rozhledy

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