Magdalena Kozená

Biography

Born: May 26, 1973; Brno, Czech Republic  
Before she turned 30, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozená became a popular and critically celebrated figure in Europe, touted as the chief competitor to Cecilia Bartoli (although there is no evidence of personal rivalry between the two). Her area of primary expertise is eighteenth century music, particularly Bach, but she has also had success in more Romantic opera and song repertory.

She initially studied at the Brno Conservatory, then
Read more with Eva Blahová at the College of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Even before her graduation in 1995, she was winning major prizes in the Czech Republic and internationally, the most significant being top honors at the sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995. She spent the 1996-1997 season as a member of the Vienna Volksoper. In 1998 she made her debut at the Drottningholm Festival as Paride in Gluck's Paride ed Elena. In 2000 came debuts at the Châtelet in Paris as Gluck's Orpheus, and at the Vienna Festival as Nero in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. In 2001 she appeared as Cherubino in the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She is also an active recitalist throughout Europe, although she is far less known in the United States, despite performances in San Francisco and at Carnegie Hall. Participation in Metropolitan Opera productions of Mozart and Janácek is steadily boosting her American reputation.

Early on, she signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, which has resulted in two or three CDs per year since 1997, simultaneously with occasional releases on other labels. She has been featured mainly in Baroque and Classical music, although she has also ventured into the Romantic era and twentieth century Czech songs, and as a recitalist she has performed and recorded Britten, which has endeared her to the nationalistic British press. Even greater honor came to Kozená in 2003; the success of her recording of Romantic French opera arias, not to mention her presence in the 2002 centenary production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra Comique, had much to do with her being awarded the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Kozená's voice has been variously described as "sweet" and "fiery and melting," depending on her repertory; more constant are her vocal agility and sense of drama, which have brought her high regard. Read less
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    Debussy: Nocturnes - Durufle: Requiem / Kozena, Ticciati, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 623 Release Date: 09/13/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Duruflé
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Choir
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    Soiree - Magdalena Kozena & Friends
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186671 Release Date: 09/13/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Adorjan,  Wolfram Brandl,  Rahel Rilling,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
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    Il giardino dei sospiri / Kozena, Luks, Collegium 1704
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186725 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedetto Marcello,  Leonardo Vinci,  Francesco Gasparini,  Leonardo Leo  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Václav Luks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium 1704
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    Bach 333: The Complete Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002900400 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 223
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Monika Frimmer,  Robin Blaze,  Reinhard Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ton Koopman,  Masaaki Suzuki,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Aimer et Mourir - Ravel & Duparc / Kozena, Ticciati, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 610 Release Date: 09/28/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Henri Duparc
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Rattle, Kozena, Skelton, Bavarian Radio Symphony
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900172 Release Date: 09/07/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Stuart Skelton
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria / Haim, Le Concert d'Astree
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 565711 Release Date: 12/08/2017  
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Isabelle Druet,  Rolando Villazón,  Katherine Watson,  Kresimir Spicer  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert d'Astrée
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    Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande / Finley, Kozena, Rattle, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 790 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Christian Gerhaher,  Magdalena Kozená,  Bernarda Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Debussy: La Mer - Faure: Pelleas et Melisande / Ticciati, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 550 Release Date: 09/01/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    The Beauty of Monteverdi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797193 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  David Miller,  Sandro Naglia,  Mark Tucker,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Andrea Marcon,  Anthony Rooley,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: The Great Operas & Mitridate [DVD]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1228 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jeffrey Francis,  Magdalena Kozená,  Ekaterina Siurina,  Ramón Vargas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Constantinos Carydis,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Victor Pablo Pérez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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    The Sound of Simon Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556096 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Gustav Holst,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Kate Royal,  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Brahms: Lieder & Liebeslieder Waltzes
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002498202 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Matthew Polenzani,  James Levine,  Magdalena Kozená,  Yefim Bronfman  ... 
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    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002489302 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Magdalena Kozená,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Andreas Delfs,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    Monteverdi / Kožena, La Cetra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002443202 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Marco Uccellini,  Tarquinio Merula,  Biagio Marini
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Andrea Marcon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare, Ariodante, Hercules / von Otter
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002337702 Release Date: 06/23/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Pascal Bertin,  Bejun Mehta,  Magdalena Kozená,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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    Bach: St. John Passion / Kozena, Padmore, Rattle
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 140031 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Mark Padmore,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Kozena, Padmore, Rattle
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 140021 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Magdalena Kozená,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 20.
    Prayer - Voice & Organ / Magdalena Kozena, Christian Schmitt
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002021202 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hugo Wolf,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Christian Schmitt
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  • 21.
    Mozart - The Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Ekaterina Siurina,  Magdalena Kozená,  Jeffrey Francis  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Constantinos Carydis,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Victor Pablo Pérez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 22.
    Magdalena  Kozena -  Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999702 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Traditional,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Erwin Schulhoff  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Malcolm Martineau,  Michael Freimuth,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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    Boulez Conducts Mahler - Complete Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001931702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Anna Larsson,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Bach: Cantatas / Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Kuhnau,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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    Europakonzert 2013 / Kozena, Rattle, Berlin Philarmonic [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059424 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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