Personality profile

Photo: Marta Beňačková

Marta Beňačková

29 Aug 1953 Bratislava

classical music
mezzo-soprano
pedagóg – pedagogue – voice

Bio

Bio

1970 - 1976
Bratislava Conservatory (piano)
1976 - 1980
Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (singing)
1980 - 1986
member of the Slovak Philharmonic Choir

Marta Beňačková's work was initially dominated by concert singing with wide repertoire of songs, oratorial and vocal symphonic literature from the Baroque until the present (soloist of several chamber ensembles and orchestras). She currently regularly collaborates with major orchestras such as the Slovak Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK and others, and chamber ensembles and prominent conductors.

Her most important opera characters include Ulrica (A Masked Ball), Azucena (The Troubadour), Orlando (Orlando Furioso), The Countess (The Queen of Spades), Witch (Rusalka), Grandmother Buryjovka and Kostelnička Buryjovka (Jenufa). As a guest she performed at the opera stages: Opera of the Slovak National Theatre, National Theatre Prague, National Theatre Brno, Staatsoper Wien, Theatre Chatelet Paris and many other opera houses abroad (Japan, Spain, Italy).

Bibliography

  • Bubnáš, Juraj: Zeljenka v Pálffyho paláci
    2012 Hudobný život 2012, no. 11, p. 3
  • Slimáčková, Jana: Marta Beňačková: Člověk se musí stále vyvíjet
    2008 Harmonie 2008, no. 10
  • Kučerová, Alice: XII. ročník Podzimního festivalu duchovní hudby
    2005 Hudební rozhledy year 58, 2005, no. 12, p. 7 – 8
  • Veber, Petr: Dvakrát Česká filharmonie pod taktovkou Zdeňka Mácala
    2005 Hudební rozhledy year 58, 2005, no. 12, p. 9
  • Blaho, Vladimír: V komickej opere Dcéra pluku je spev nadovšetko
    2004 Národná obroda 25.3. 2004, p. 16
  • Blaho, Vladimír: Do opery SND sa vrátil maestro Verdi : V popredí Maškarného bálu stoja kvality hudobného naštudovania
    2004 Národná obroda 23.12. 2004, p. 8
  • Bobriková, Zuzana: Všetci ľudia budú bratia - posolstvo hudobného génia znelo na úvod nového milénia : Marta Beňačková najprv nemala hlas, začínala študovať klavír
    2001 Košický denník Korzár 5. 1. 2001, p. 3
  • Palovčík, Michal: Koncerty v galérii
    2000 Literárny týždenník year 13, 2000, no. 22, p. 11
  • Ursínyová, Terézia: V hlbokom porozumení
    1993 Hudobný život 1993, no. 8, p. 4
  • Čížik, Vladimír: Marta Beňačková a Moyzesovo kvarteto
    1992 Hudobný život 1992, no. 4, p. 4

Discography

  • Photo: Ján Cikker : Chamber & Concertante Works JÁN CIKKER : CHAMBER & CONCERTANTE WORKS
    2015 CD – Pavlik Records PA 0099-2-131
    1. Ján Cikker: Scherzo
      Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra
    2. Ján Cikker: Two Pieces for Youth, Op. 27 – Mother Sings
      František Pergler (pf)
    3. Ján Cikker: Ten Lullabies on Texts of a Folk Song
      Marta Beňačková (a), Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra
    4. Ján Cikker: Stamping Op. 31 No. 1
      Ida Černecká (pf), František Pergler (pf)
    5. Ján Cikker: Homeland
      Korngold Quartet
    6. Ján Cikker: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra Op. 20
      Jordana Palovičová (pf), Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, Oliver Dohnányi (dir.)
  • Photo:
    2006 CD – Discant DK 0098-2131
    1. Ilja Zeljenka: String Quartet No. 7
      Moyzes Quartet
    2. Ilja Zeljenka: String Quartet No. 6 'Incantations'
      Marta Beňačková (ms), Moyzes Quartet
    3. Ilja Zeljenka: String Quartet No. 10
      Moyzes Quartet
    4. Ilja Zeljenka: Musica Slovaca
      Moyzes Quartet
  • Photo:
    1997 CD – Supraphon SU 3311-2 231
    1. Antonín Dvořák:
      Symfonický orchestr hl.m. Prahy (FOK), Eva Urbanová (s), Marta Beňačková (a), John Uhlenhopp (tenor), Peter Mikuláš (b), Pražský filharmonický sbor, Bambini di Praga, Jiří Bělohlávek (dir.)
  • Photo:
    1995 CD – Orfeo C384951A
    1. Leoš Janáček: Osud
      Peter Straka (tenor), Lívia Ághová (s), Marta Beňačková (ms), Štefan Margita (tenor), Peter Mikuláš (bas), Ivan Kusnjer (br), Pražský komorní sbor, Česká filharmonie, Gerd Albrecht (dir.)
  • Photo:
    1995 CD – Opus 91 2373-2231
    1. Jozef Podprocký: F. X. Zomb: Missa brevis ex D, Op. 23 No. 2
      Lívia Ághová (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Ľudovít Ludha (t), Peter Mikuláš (b), Ivan Sokol (org), Bratislava City Choir, Ladislav Holásek (zbm.), Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Richard Zimmer (dir.)
    2. Jozef Podprocký: F. X. Zomb: Vesperae Cassovienses, Op. 23 No. 1
      Lívia Ághová (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Ľudovít Ludha (t), Peter Mikuláš (b), Ivan Sokol (org), Bratislava City Choir, Ladislav Holásek (zbm.), Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Richard Zimmer (dir.)
  • Photo: De profundis II DE PROFUNDIS II
    1993 CD – Music Fund SF 00142111
    1. Juraj Hatrík: Introspection
      Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Hudba dneška, Igor Dibák (dir.)
    2. Tadeáš Salva: Mša Glagolskaja Op. 13
      Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Ľudovít Ludha (t), Sergej Kopčák (b), Katarína Hanzelová (org), Slovenský komorný zbor SĽUKu, Pavol Procházka (dir.)
    3. Tadeáš Salva: Slovak Pater Noster
      Katarína Kmeťová (s), Bratislava City Choir, Ladislav Holásek (zbm.)
    4. Miro Bázlik: Canticum 43
      Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Slovenskí madrigalisti, Ladislav Holásek (zbm.), Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenárd (dir.)
  • Photo:
    1993 CD – Trevak TREC TREC 4-0013
    1. P. Petrus Peťko: Missa ex G jesulati nati
      Pavol Mikula (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Lukáš Janiga (a), Richard Sporka (t), Peter Mikuláš (b), Schola Cantorum, Musica aeterna, Peter Zajíček (dir.)
  • Photo: Music from Maria Theresa Time MUSIC FROM MARIA THERESA TIME
    1991 CD – Opus 9123292131
    1. Kamila Zajíčková (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Ladislav Neshyba (b), Richard Sporka (t), Musica aeterna, Pavel Baxa (dir.), Peter Zajíček (umv.)
  • Photo:
    1990 CD – Opus 93521719
    1. Joannes Patzelt: Castor et pollux
      Kamila Zajíčková (s), Jitka Sapara-Fischerová (a), Peter Oswald (tenor), Peter Mikuláš (b), Viktória Stracenská (s), Marta Beňačková (ms), Musica aeterna, Pavel Baxa (dir.)
    2. Daniel Georg Speer: Musicalisch-turlischer Eulenspiegel
      Peter Oswald (t), Musica aeterna, Pavel Baxa (dir.)
  • Photo: Antonín Dvořák: Moravian Duets, op. 20, 32, 38 ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: MORAVIAN DUETS, OP. 20, 32, 38
    1972 CD – Opus 912359-2
    1. Antonín Dvořák:
      Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Jozef Kundlák (t), Marta Beňačková (a), Marian Lapšanský (pf)

Awards

  • Frico Kafenda Award
    2002
  • Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský International Vocal Competition, Trnava (SK)
    1985

Premieres

  • First performances in Slovakia
  • Egon Krák: Missa pro defunctis - requiem
    for solo voices, mixed choir, children’s choir, organ and orchestra
    11 Sep
    2008
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Pressburg Singers, Marta Beňačková (ms), Marián Pavlovič (t), Jozef Benci (b), Jozef Chabroň (zbm.), Janka Rychlá (zbm.), Leoš Svárovský (dir.)
  • Peter Martinček van Grob: Sententiae sibi ipso
    Music for a higher voice and string quartet (String Quartet No. 3)
    9 Nov
    2004
    First performances in Slovakia
    Small Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Marta Beňačková (ms), Moyzes Quartet
  • Ilja Zeljenka: Remedia amoris
    for mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass, mixed chorus, piano and percussions
    29 Sep
    2001
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava Music Festival, Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Marta Beňačková (ms), Ján Vaculík (t), Vladimír Kubovčík (b), Marian Lapšanský (pf), Bratislava City Choir, František Rek (bat), Ivan Marek (bat), Richard Mrázik (bat), Ladislav Krchlík (bat), Ladislav Holásek (dir.)
  • Juraj Beneš: Requiem
    11 Nov
    1995
    First performances in Slovakia
    Melos-Ethos, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Štátna filharmónia Brno, Brnenský filharmonický zbor, Richard Bernas (dir.), Iveta Matyášová (s), Marta Beňačková (ms), Igor Pasek (t), František Ďuriač (b)
  • Ladislav Holoubek: About Youth, About Mother... Op. 44
    Cycle of songs for middle voice and piano
    24 Nov
    1994
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Marta Beňačková (ms), Ida Černecká (pf)
  • Tadeáš Salva: Mša Glagolskaja Op. 13
    for Chorus, Orchestra and Organ
    27 Sep
    1992
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava Music Festival, Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Marta Beňačková (a), Ľudovít Ludha (t), Sergej Kopčák (b), Slovenský komorný zbor SĽUKu, Katarína Hanzelová (org), Chamber Ensemble, Pavol Procházka (dir.)
  • Ilja Zeljenka: String Quartet No. 6 'Incantations'
    for string quartet and alto
    5 Mar
    1989
    First performances in Slovakia
    Mirbach Palace, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Marta Beňačková (a), Moyzes Quartet
  • Jozef Grešák: Unawake Man
    8 Oct
    1987
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava Music Festival, Concert studio of the Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Bárd (br), Alžbeta Mrázová Režuchová (s), Marta Beňačková (ms), Gita Abrahámová (s), Peter Oswald (t), Dagmar Pecková (ms), Anton Kúrňava (b), Jozef Konder (t), Ladislav Neshyba (b), Mária Eliášová (s), Jitka Zerhauová (ms), Beáta Limpárová (vf), Ivan Sokol (org), Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Pavol Procházka (zbm.), Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bystrík Režucha (dir.)
    Concert performance of the opera.


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