Zuzana Marková (soprano)

Zuzana Marková (born 1988) is a Czech coloratura soprano who appears in leading roles internationally, with a focus on Italian belcanto roles, such as Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and Bellini's Elvira.

Zuzana Marková
Marková in Aspern by Salvatore Sciarrino in 2013
Born1988 (age 35–36)
OccupationOperatic soprano



Born in Prague,[1] Marková studied at the Prague Conservatory, voice with her mother Jiřina Marková, piano with Miroslav Langer [cs], and conducting with Miriam Němcová and Hynek Farkač. She participated in master classes with Mietta Sighele and Veriano Luchetti in Riva del Garda, Italy. She further studied with Paola Pittaluga from the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2010 and 2011.[2]



In 2003, Marková won the "Prague Singer" competition, and won second prize in the "Dušek's Singing Competition" in Prague. In 2012, she won second prize at the Ernst Häfliger International Singing Competition in Switzerland.[2] Marková made her opera debut at the age of sixteen, performing as Frantiska in Emil František Burian's Opera z pouti at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic.[3][4]

She has performed leading roles in Italian belcanto opera, including the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Genoa[5] and Venice.[6] In 2014, she stepped into the role of Lucia at the last moment in Frédéric Bélier-Garcia's production at the Opéra de Marseille when Eglise Guttierez became ill.[7] Marková's performance was described as literally dazzling (littéralement éblouissante) and her interpretation throughout the performance was acclaimed for its depth of understanding (une Lucia qui ne cesse de sidérer par ce que l’interprète semble avoir compris et du rôle et d’elle-même).[7]

She has appeared in the title role Violetta of Verdi's La traviata at the Teatro Comunale, Florence, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She performed the role of Elena in Nino Rota's Il cappello di paglia di Firenze at the Naples Teatro di San Carlo.[1] She appeared as Ismene in Gluck's Alceste at La Fenice in Venice in 2015.[8]

In French opera, she was Massenet's Manon at the Cologne Opera in 2018. A reviewer wrote that she was ideal for the role, noting the brilliance but also intimacy of her perfectly controlled voice, and her convincing acting.[9] Another reviewer called her a dream cast (Traumbesetzung) for the role, both vocally and in acting.[10]

She made her Oper Frankfurt debut in the 2018/19 season as Elvira in Bellini's last opera I puritani,[1] staged by Vincent Boussard in cooperation with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, alongside John Osborn.[11] She made her US debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at the Atlanta Opera in April 2019.[12][13] In 2024, she performed the double role of the Princess and Gertraud in Zemlinsky's Der Traumgörge at the Oper Frankfurt, directed by Tilmann Köhler and conducted by Markus Poschner, with AJ Glueckert in the title role, Magdalena Hinterdobler as Grete and Liviu Holender as Hans.[14][15]

Her repertoire also includes Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, the title role of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, Ines in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen, and the title role in Henri Sauguet's Les caprices de Marianne. She also works as a concert singer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Zuzana Marková / Soprano". Oper Frankfurt. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Zuzana Marková" (in Czech). Prague: SYMBIO Digital, s.r.o. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Zuzana Marková Soprano". GM Art & Music. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Zuzana Marková" (PDF). TEATRO LIRICO DI CAGLIARI FONDAZIONE. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Genova, Teatro Carlo Felice: "Lucia di Lammermoor"". GB Opera Magazine. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Zuzana Marková, soprano". Operabase Artists. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b Salles, Maurice (5 February 2014). "Une étoile est née ! Lucia di Lammermoor – Marseille". Forum Opera, Le Magazine du Monde Lyrique. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Gluck – Alceste (Venice, 2015 – Webcast)". Opera Journal. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ Zimmermann, Christoph (9 March 2018). "Köln / Staatenhaus: Manon von Massenet. Neuinszenierung". onlinemerker.com (in German). Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ Schmöe, Christoph (4 March 2018). "Ein Phantom". Online Musik Magazin (in German). Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  11. ^ "I puritani". Opéra Royal de Wallonie. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ Gresham, Mark. "News: Atlanta Opera's Tomer Zvulun on the 2018–19 season, and a bold new direction". artsatl.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  13. ^ Salazar, David (1 February 2018). "Jamie Barton & Zuzana Markova Headline Atlanta Opera's 2018–19 Season". Opera Wire. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  14. ^ Brachmann, Jan (27 February 2024). "Ein Lichtgedicht". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  15. ^ Sternburg, Julia von (26 February 2024). "Der Traumgörge an der Oper Frankfurt – Die einen und alle anderen". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 12 March 2024.
External videos
  Zuzana Marková, La Traviata, Opera Musica