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Dagmar Šašková (Soprano, Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Rakovnik, Czech Republic

The Czech soprano/mezzo-soprano, Dagmar Šašková, studied solo singing and music with Mgr. Ludmila Kotnauerova at the Faculty of Pedagogy of West Bohemian University in Pilsen (Czech Republic). She profited from an international student exchange programme ERASMUS at Faculty of Philosophy at the Technical University in Chemnitz (Germany). As a solo singer she was awarded 2nd prize in the international competition of Leos Janacek in Brno and a special prize of Bohuslav Martinu for interpretation of his songs. She worked her repertoire and vocal qualities with Mgr. art. Marta Beňačková at Janacek Academy of Music in Brno. In June 2008, she finished her studies in Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, France. The scholarship of Foundation of Nadia and Lili Boulanger gave her support to work the bel canto arias with Alexandra Papadjiakou in Paris.

Interested in Baroque vocal music - especially lute songs of the 16th and 17th centuries, Dagmar Šašková participated in a workshop of baroque gesture taught by Benjamin Lazar (role of Irea in the opera L'Avidita di Mida by Antonio Draghi) in Prague. In September 2009, she created with a lutenist Manuel de Grange and an actor Julien Cigana a project of songs and poems about wine of 17th century In Taverna.

Nowadays Dagmar Šašková sings as a solo singer with Baroque ensembles Doulce Memoire, Le Concert Lorrain, Il Seminario Musicale, Le Concert brisé, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum and Ensemble Pygmalion (Director: Raphaël Pichon).

As a solo singer Dagmar Šašková recorded for the label K617 Grands Motets by Pierre Robert, conducted by Olivier Schneebeli. In the 2009-2010 season she added to her discography two recordings: the Madrigals by Johann Hermann Schein with ensemble Sagittarius (Director: Michel Laplénie) and The cantatas for soprano by Dietrich Buxtehude with Le Concert brisé (Director: William Dongois).

In January 2010, Dagmar Šašková intepreted a role of Corisande in the Baroque opera by Jean-Baptiste Lully Amadis (The Theatre of Avignon). With the ensemble Collegium 1704 (Director: Václav Luks) she featured the role of Maddalena in the Antonio Caldara's oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo and she participated in the Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach at the Festival of La Chaise Dieu (Soprano II). In September 2010 she presented in the role of Apollo in the George Frideric Handel's opera Terpsichore in the theatre of castle Mnichovo Hradiště.

Source: Kalifonia Artistic Agency Website; Photo 02: Atelier Fotoskova
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Raphaël Pichon


Member of Ensemble Pygmalion:
V-3 (2011):
BWV 232: Kyrie & Gloria (1733 Version)

Links to other Sites

Saskova Dagmar (Kalifonia Artistic Agency)

Dagmar Saskova, Soprano (Festival de Lanvellec) [French]

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