Biography

The mezzosoprano Eva Garajová graduated from the Bratislava Conservatoire where her professor was Ružena Illenbergerová and continued her studies at the Bratislava Academy under Hana Štolfová - Bandová. She went on to broaden her studies at Osimo – Italy (with Mario Melani), Stuttgart (Julia Hamari) and Buffalo (Gary Burgess).

During her stays abroad she made appearances in Italy, Germany, Spain, Canada and USA as Lucretia in Bejamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia. She become a member of the Bratislava Chamber Opera already during her studies at the Academy and in 1995 debuted as Olga in Tchaikovksky’s Eugene Onegin at Banská Bystrica.

In the same year she began her collaboration with the State Opera in Prague where she has appeared in more than 20 roles in operas including Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Rossini’s II Turco in Italia, Bizet’s Carmen, Boito’s Nerone, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, and Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová. In 2000 she won the prestigious Masaryk Academy Prize and the Gustav Mahler EU Prize. In 2006 she appeared as guest in José Carrera’s Bratislava concert in Spanish and Italian songs. She took part also in the preparation for the film of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen (with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester under Kent Nagano in Berlin) and in the recording of the opera by the BBC in co-production with Brno studio of Czech Television (2002 – 2004). She sang in Janáček’s Glagolic Mass with the Brno Philharmonic under Sir Charles Mackerras and again at the 2007 Prague Spring Festival with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

She makes regular appearances with top symphonic and chamber orchestras, especially with the Slovak Philharmonic (Beethoven, Liszt – Missa Solemnis, Mozart, Verdi – Requiem, Berlioz – La mort de Cléopatre) and the State Chamber Orchestra Žilina (Vivaldi – Nisi Dominus, Pergolesi – Stabat Mater, Bach – Easter and Christmas Oratorios and others). She has also worked with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Vladimír Válek (Křička – Northern Nights, Stravinsky – Oedipus Rex, Mahler – Symphony No. 2) and the Prague Philharmonia under Jiří Bělohlávek (Beethoven – Missa Solemnis) and has sung with the Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and the Luxembourg Sinfonietta at the Music of Thousands Mahler Festival at Jihlava. Her appearance at the Como Festival (2002) in Janáček’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared marked the beginning of her collaboration with the pianist Marian Lapšanský.

Nowadays, Eva Garajová is considered to be one of the greatest performers of song literature of her generation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Her highly authentic recordings for music publisher Arco Diva have also raised attention on the international music scene.

In 2014 she initiated a music hreffetival in Karlova Studánka and founded a Chamber concert cycle Prague Muses.

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