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Andrea Dankova, Soprano

Andrea Danková was born in Lucenec, Slovakia. She studied at the Conservatory in ilina and at the Academy of Music in Bratislava and was the winner of several competitions and prizes including, most notably the "Toti Dal Monte" competition in Treviso which led to her debut in Italy as Micaela in Carmen at Teatro Comunale in Treviso under the baton of Peter Maag.

Many engagements immediately followed, including Micaela in Carmen at Teatro La Fenice, Mimì in La Bohème at Opéra de Lyon (1997), concert performances of Micaela in Tokyo, Japan with Kent Nagano and Orchestre de L'Opera National de Lyon (1997), Liù in Turandot and Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra with Daniele Gatti in Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1998), her successful US debut as Micaela and Liù at the Opera of San Francisco under the baton of Marco Armiliato (1998), her debut in the United Kingdom as Micaela and Desdemona in concert performances of Carmen and Otello with José Cura and Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in London (1998, 1999), Micaela at Teatro Real Madrid (1999),

Following a brief hiatus for family reasons, she returned to the stage as Violetta in La Traviata in the new production of Franco Zeffirelli at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, and Teatro Comunale Ravenna (2002), concert performance of Julia in Dvo_ák's, Jacobin with WDR Symphony Orchester Köln under the baton of Mr. Gerd Albrecht in 2003 (recorded and released also on CD),  Mimi at Theatre Santander (2005) and Theatre Cordoba (2006), as well as appearances in Graham Vick's "Ring" cycle at Teatro National de São Carlos in Lisbon as Woglinde in Das Rheingold (2006) and Ortlinde in Die Walküre (2007).

Ms. Dankova is a regular guest of the Slovak National Theatre, where she has appeared as Mimì  Elena in Mefistofele, Ma_enka in The Bartered Bride, Desdemona, Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Luisa Miller, Micaela, Violetta, Liu, and Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera. She also in Prague's National Theatre as Mimi and Elvira.

Notable recent engagements include her debut at Teatro alla Scala in the title role of Jenufa, her return to the Teatro Real Madrid as Katya in Robert Carsen production of Katya Kabanova in under the baton of Ji_í B_lohlávek in December 2008, and in the title role of Jenufa under the baton of Ivor Bolton in 2009. In September 2010 she made a very successful debut as Katya at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires. In 2011, she repeated her success as Katya in Strasbourg with Opera National du Rhin. This winter, she returned to Brussels to sing the title role in Jenufa.

Her concert repertoire includes Janá_ek's Glagolitic Mass (with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in Barbican Hall, London and Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, New York; with Myung-Whun Chung and Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich; with Ji_í Kout and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin, with Tomas Netopil in Teatro Maggio Fiorentino Firenze), Janácek's Eternal Gospel, Dvorák's Te Deum (with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and New York), Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (with Myung-Whun Chung and London Symphony Orchestra in London) and Dvorak's Stabat Mater (in Musikvereine Wien).

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