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Libuše DOMANÍNSKÁ

(*4.7.1924, Brno)

Czech opera singer - soprano

Born Klobásková. In 1940, she began her studies at the Brno Conservatory, and in 1944 was deported to Germany. She completed her studies in 1946.

She worked in the Brno opera until 1954 (she debuted as Blaženka in Smetana's The Secret), and from 1955 to 1990, she performed at the National Theatre in Prague.

She primarily performed roles in the operas of Smetana (Mařenka in The Bartered Bride, Krasava in Libusse), Dvořák's Rusalka as well as the works of Janáček. She was focused on Janáček works, but she mastered also an Italian repertoire: Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Aida in Verdi's Aida, Elisabeth from Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos, Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème and others.

Between 1957 to 1968, she was a vocalist in the Vienna Volksoper, and was especially known for her role as Abigail in Verdi's Nabucco. She created many opera characters of 20th century (Strauss, Martinů, Prokofiev and others). She was guest singer in Moscow, Bruxelles, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Italian stages. She devoted herself systematically to the concert activities.

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