„…a truly enormous talent…”
Lyric soprano Slávka Zámečníková, born in 1991 in Slovakia, joined the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera in September 2020, making her debut as Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta (La Bohème), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Frasquita (Carmen) and Poppea in the new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea under Pablo Heras-Casado. In this season she will also appear as Contessa in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro in Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. In 2019/2020 she made her role debut as Dircé in Cherubini’s Médée and jumped in as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff under Zubin Mehta, both at the Berlin State Opera. Previously she was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Berlin State Opera (2017/2018 and 2018/2019), where she made her debut as First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw), Falke (Frau ohne Schatten), Une chasseresse (Hippolyte et Arice) under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Ännchen/cover (Der Freischütz), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata) and Nanetta (Falstaff) as cover for the star soprano Nadine Sierra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. In the season 2017/18, she also appeared in the Prague National Theatre and Slovak National Theatre as Sophie (Werther) and made her debut as Ilia (Idomeneo) in the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden within the Internationale Maifestspiele 2019.
The young soprano performed in various concerts and international festivals, above all at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg under Sir Simon Rattle as Une chasseresse in Rameau´s Hippolyte et Aricie, at the “Rheingau Music Festival”, in the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the “Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” as well as at the “Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Festival” in Sochi in the Mozart’s Requiem. She also made her debut at the “Prague Spring Festival 2018” in Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Slávka Zámečníková has already appeared on stage as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Frau Fluth (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) and Woglinde (Das Rheingold) and has made appearances around the world in countries including Brasil, Australia, China, South Korea, Monaco, Norway, France, Italy, Russia, etc.
The soprano has been recently awarded Third Prize at the prestigious international competition Neue Stimmen 2019 in Gütersloh as well as at the renowned International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Villach. She has also been awarded Second Prize at the greatest Polish competition – International Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition in Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and the Second Prize at the German national competition – Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin 2018. She received First Prizes in the International Competition Accademia Belcanto 2018 in Graz, in the International Antonín Dvořák Competition 2016 in Carlsbad, in the International Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky Competition 2017 as well as in the International Iuventus Canti Competition 2015 in Slovakia. In the summer 2016, she received Third Prize, the Audience Award and the Daegu Opera House Award in the Otto Edelmann International Competition in Vienna as well as a Special Award of Eva-Maria Wieser in the Concorso lirico Internationale di Portofino in Italy.
Slávka Zámečníková graduated from the Bratislava Conservatory and finished her Master degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under the tutelage of Anna Samuil. In addition, she has participated in various master-classes and workshops with renowned KS Anna Tomowa-Sintow, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, KS Francisco Araiza, Patricia McCaffrey, Neil Shicoff, Renée Morloc, Thomas Quasthoff, Gregory Lamar and Luciana D’Intino. She has also been mentored by Deborah Polaski, KS Julia Varády, Matthias Samuil and Wolfram Rieger.
Ms. Zámečníková is a scholarship recipient of the Liz Mohn Kultur- und Musikstiftung, the Junge Musiker Stiftung and the Deutschlandstipendium.
2019│Neue Stimmen Singing Competition (D)
2019│International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Villach (A)
2019│International Stanisław Moniuszko Competition in Warsaw (PL)
2. Prize│Cracow Polish Music Festival Award – solo recital
2018 │ Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin (D)
2018 │ International Competition Accademia Belcanto in Graz (A)
1st Prize │Hamburger Kammeroper Award│Award of Maria Callas Festival in Sao Paolo
2017 │ International Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky Competition (SK)
1st Prize │Slovak National Theatre Award
2016 │ International Antonín Dvořák Competition in Carlsbad (CZ)
1st Prize │Overall Winner Award│Prague National Theatre Award│Prague Spring Festival Award│
Antonín Dvořák Award│Award for the best interpretation of a baroque aria
2016 │ International Competition Otto Edelmann in Vienna (A)
3rd Prize │ Audience Award│ Daegu Opera House Award
2016 │ Concorso Lirico Internationale di Portofino (IT)
Special Award of Eva-Maria Wieser
2015 │ International Vocal Competition Imrich Godin (SK)
1st Prize │ EMCY Award
2013 │ Competition of Slovak Conservatories in Bratislava (SK)
1st Prize │ Special Award of Music Centre Bratislava