Karolína Bubleová Berková - mezzo-soprano
Karolína Bubleová Berková graduated from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of René Tuček. On the basis of a scholarship awarded by the Italian Cultural Institute Berková completed singing studies in the first half of 2001 at the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in Italy (Prof. Stelia Doz, Prof. Sonia Turchetta).
In 1997, Berková became the winner of the International Singing Competition of Ema Destinn and in 2001 the laureate of the International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary.
In June 2000, she was the chief performer in the performance entitled Northern Nights, which staged the song cycles of Robert Schumann – Love and Life of a Woman, Petr Eben – Loveless Songs, and Jaroslav Křička – Northern Nights. The project received a favourable reception both from the audience and the critics.
In 2001, she performed in the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino) at the festival in Alden Biesen in Belgium (producer Inge Levant).
Since 2002, she has made regular appearances on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic – Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro. In August 2003 and in July 2004, she performed with great success in the title role of Beauty in Philip Glass's opera Beauty and the Beast produced by Petr Forman, and in December 2004 in the role of the Boy in the opera of Michael Nyman: Man and Boy: Dada (produced by Robert Tannenbaum).
She gives a significant attention to song compositions (for example the performance entitled Renew your strength, Love – with Tatjana Medvecká, Ondřej Kepka and Kateřina Englichová), sacred music (Domenico Scarlatti: Salve Regina, Georg Fridrich Haendel: Messiah, Klement Slavický: Cantus Sacri) and chamber music (for example the co-operation with the Herold Quartet).
To name some of the most significant appearances of Karolína Bubleová Berková, one should not forget: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – tour with the National Theatre in Japan (2003, 2006); Leoš Janáček: The Diary of a Vanished Man – Paris, France (2004); solo recital together with the Ensemble Calliopée; in May 2004, she represented the Czech Republic at the Berlin gala concert of singers from the ten countries entering the European Union accompanied by the Berliner Symphoniker orchestra conducted by Lior Shambadal; in September 2004, she appeared with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimír Válek in Mahler's 4th Symphony; in November 2004, she gave concerts of religious music in Israel. In 2005, she interpreted the mezzo-soprano part in oratorio Ecce Homo by Jan Hanuš during the Prague Spring Festival; she appeared as Siguna and Repanse de Joie in Parsifal; she recorded an alto solo in Symphony No. 1 by Jan Hanuš together with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marek Valášek. She also gave Christmas concerts in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Being a versatile musician, she is often asked to participate in recordings of compact disks: Musica Bohemica — The Christmas Legend (1998), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem (2000), co-operation on CD of organist Eva Bublová - Les Fresques (2005). In October 2005, she recorded a debut solo CD entitled Liriche for Jan Nykrýn label <www.nykryn.com>.
In July 2007, she experienced a great success in a double recital together with a soprano Miriam Cauchi at the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta; at the turn of the year, she appeared as the Beauty again (Philip Glass's opera Beauty and the Beast), this time in Palau de las Artes, Valencia, Spain. In 2008, one could have acknowledge her passion for chamber music during performances of Britten's Illuminations with the Berg Orchestra and in a recital with pianist Marcel Javorček in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2009, Juventus Collegium FOK has invited Karolína Bubleová Berková to perform a cycle of songs by Vítězslava Kaprálová; the premiere performance of Requiem by Jan Hanuš has been a starting point to a long-term co-operation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra management on educational recital performances in Rudolfinum, Prague.
She appeared in two concerts of the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia: Illuminations by Benjamin Britten (conductor Jakub Zicha) and Il Tramonto by Ottorino Respighiho (conductor Jan Talich) in 2010.
A solo recital together with harpist Laura Caramellino in Milano, Italy, has crowned their co-operation in May 2011.
Since 2005, she is also active as a teacher; she has become a lecturer of a solo singing at the New York University in Prague, and in 2010 a teacher of music of the youngest generation at a private kindergarten.