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The Czech mezzosoprano Lucie Hilscherová (b. 1979) obtained the Master degree in Solo singing (with Mgr. Romana Feiferlíková, Ph. D.), as well as in Psychology and in Music Teaching at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. In 2000, an Erasmus scholarship enabled her to study singing with Prof. Ursula Schönhals at the College of Humanities of Chemnitz University (Germany).  

She regularly attends master classes where her teachers have included Helen Donath, Hedwig Fassbender, Gabriela Beňačková, Dagmar Pecková, Zlatica Livorová, Marta Infante, Magdalena Hájossyová or Kristina Beck-Kukavcić.

She has received a number of awards and prizes:                         

2012 -  3rd prize in the „Musica Sacra“ International Competition in Roma

2009 - 3rd prize in the concert category in the Cantilena Competition Bayreuth

2008 -  Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

                                        - 1st prize in the song category

            - The Sharon Chmel Resch scholarship travel award                                        

- The prize of J. K. Tyl Theatre Pilsen

- The Czech Radio Prize for the best interpretation of a work by a Czech composer, written after 1950

            - Josef Hercl´s prize for the best interpretation of baroque music

            - Prize of music publisher Editio Bärenreiter Prague

2006 -  “Pilsner Orfeus” Award for representing the town of Pilsen in classical music

2001, 2006 - 1st prize in the Singing Competition of Teaching Faculties in the Czech Republic

2001 - 3rd prize in the Janáček International Singing Competition in Brno, Czech Republic

2001 - special prize of the President of the University of West Bohemia for the best student of the University                 

Lucie Hilscherová has been a guest singer of the State Opera Prague, where she has created Berta (Rossini: Barbiere di Siviglia), Annina (Verdi: La Traviata) or Giovanna (Verdi: Rigoletto).

She has been regularly engaged also by the DJKT Theatre in Pilsen as Emilia (Verdi: Otello), Frau Reich (Nicolai: The Merry Wives od Windsor), Third Dame (Mozart: The Magic Flute), Marcellina (Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), Badessa (Puccini: Suor Angelica), Innkeeper (Mussorgskij: Boris Godunov) and the Mayor's Wife (Janáček: Jenůfa).

In the National Theatre in Prague, she has been singing the role of Háta (Smetana: The Bartered Bride). With the same role she made her debut by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (2010, Suntory Hall in Tokyo - cond. Leoš Svárovský) and by the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2011, Barbican Hall in London - cond. Jiří Bělohlávek).

She has been also collaborated by the Chamber Opera Prague as Berta (Rossini: Barbiere di Siviglia) and by the Ensemble Opera Diversa as Dóra (Kyas: Pickelhering).

Besides opera parts, her musical activities also cover concerts. She realizes a wide musical spectrum, ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

Her concert engagements include mezzosoprano/alto parts in Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater, Pergolesi‘s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, B-minor Mass and Magnificat, Händel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Beethoven’s Mass in C-Major, Symphony No. 9 and Missa solemnis, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem and Corronation Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Saint-Saëns‘ Christmas Oratorio, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Requiem or Martinů’s Bouquet of Flowers.

She has worked with conductors such as Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohlávek, Helmuth Rilling, David PorcelijnStefan Weiler, Kaspar Zehnder, Till Aly, Petr Vronský, Leoš Svárovský, Petr Fiala or Jakub Klecker and with orchestras such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Prague Philharmonia, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice or Czech Chamber Soloists etc.

The Czech mezzosoprano Lucie Hilscherová (b. 1979) obtained the Master degree in Solo singing (with Mgr. Romana Feiferlíková, Ph. D.), as well as in Psychology and in Music Teaching at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. In 2000, an Erasmus scholarship enabled her to study singing with Prof. Ursula Schönhals at the College of Humanities of Chemnitz University (Germany).  

She regularly attends master classes where her teachers have included Helen Donath, Hedwig Fassbender, Gabriela Beňačková, Dagmar Pecková, Zlatica Livorová, Marta Infante, Magdalena Hájossyová or Kristina Beck-Kukavcić.

She has received a number of awards and prizes:                         

2012 -  3rd prize in the „Musica Sacra“ International Competition in Roma

2009 - 3rd prize in the concert category in the Cantilena Competition Bayreuth

2008 -  Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

                                        - 1st prize in the song category

            - The Sharon Chmel Resch scholarship travel award                                        

- The prize of J. K. Tyl Theatre Pilsen

- The Czech Radio Prize for the best interpretation of a work by a Czech composer, written after 1950

            - Josef Hercl´s prize for the best interpretation of baroque music

            - Prize of music publisher Editio Bärenreiter Prague

2006 -  “Pilsner Orfeus” Award for representing the town of Pilsen in classical music

2001, 2006 - 1st prize in the Singing Competition of Teaching Faculties in the Czech Republic

2001 - 3rd prize in the Janáček International Singing Competition in Brno, Czech Republic

2001 - special prize of the President of the University of West Bohemia for the best student of the University                 

Lucie Hilscherová has been a guest singer of the State Opera Prague, where she has created Berta (Rossini: Barbiere di Siviglia), Annina (Verdi: La Traviata) or Giovanna (Verdi: Rigoletto).

She has been regularly engaged also by the DJKT Theatre in Pilsen as Emilia (Verdi: Otello), Frau Reich (Nicolai: The Merry Wives od Windsor), Third Dame (Mozart: The Magic Flute), Marcellina (Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), Badessa (Puccini: Suor Angelica), Innkeeper (Mussorgskij: Boris Godunov) and the Mayor's Wife (Janáček: Jenůfa).

In the National Theatre in Prague, she has been singing the role of Háta (Smetana: The Bartered Bride). With the same role she made her debut by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (2010, Suntory Hall in Tokyo - cond. Leoš Svárovský) and by the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2011, Barbican Hall in London - cond. Jiří Bělohlávek).

She has been also collaborated by the Chamber Opera Prague as Berta (Rossini: Barbiere di Siviglia) and by the Ensemble Opera Diversa as Dóra (Kyas: Pickelhering).

Besides opera parts, her musical activities also cover concerts. She realizes a wide musical spectrum, ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

Her concert engagements include mezzosoprano/alto parts in Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater, Pergolesi‘s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, B-minor Mass and Magnificat, Händel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Beethoven’s Mass in C-Major, Symphony No. 9 and Missa solemnis, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem and Corronation Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Saint-Saëns‘ Christmas Oratorio, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Requiem or Martinů’s Bouquet of Flowers.

She has worked with conductors such as Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohlávek, Helmuth Rilling, David PorcelijnStefan Weiler, Kaspar Zehnder, Till Aly, Petr Vronský, Leoš Svárovský, Petr Fiala or Jakub Klecker and with orchestras such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Prague Philharmonia, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice or Czech Chamber Soloists etc.