Biography – short version

Irena Troupová

The eminent Czech soprano Irena Troupová gained international renown through the historically-informed interpretation of early music. Since the 1990s, when she lived in Berlin, she has performed on stages throughout the whole of Europe, collaborating with the likes of Thomas Hengelbrock, Howard Arman, Joshua Rifkin, the ensemble Orpheon, etc.; in the Czech Republic also with Jaroslav Tůma, Barbara Willi, Petra Matějová, Monika Knoblochová, Ensemble Tourbillon, Musica Florea, and many others. She gradually extended her scope to include Romantic and Modern vocal and operatic works. She has performed in concert series of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, the philharmonic orchestras from Pilsen and Hradec Králové, and has been a frequent participant of festivals such as Prague Spring, Janáček May. She took part in the internationally acclaimed recording of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Le jour de bonté (The Day of Charity) for Arco Diva. The same label released her interpretation of the complete songs of Viktor Ullmann (Schwer ist’s, das Schöne zu lassen). Last year she recorded a newly discovered composition by W. A. Mozart for Czech Radio. She collaborates with modern music ensembles (Pavel Šnajdr’s Brno Contemporary Orchestra, BERG Orchestra, Prague Modern, Konvergence, etc.) and contemporary composer – Marek Kopelent, Jan Dušek, Peter Koeszeghy, Miloš Štědroň, Jiří Kadeřábek, Roman Z. Novák, Jiří Teml, and others. She is also interested in the music of interwar authors (Schulhoff, von Hannenheim, Herschkowitz, etc.). Besides her concert and opera activities, Irena Troupová teaches at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and leads international singing courses.

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