Legendary mezzo-soprano Kožená opens Union College Concert Series season

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Czech singer Magdalena Kožená performs on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The Series welcomes the legendary Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená for her series debut with pianist Malcolm Martineau in a program of Dvorak’s Four Songs, Op. 2; selections from Hugo Wolf’s Morike-Lieder, Richard Strauss’ Three Songs of Ophelia, Op. 67, Faure’s Three Songs, Op. 23, and Schoenberg’s Cabaret Songs.

Magdalena Kožená has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors including Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and James Levine. She is in demand as soloist with the Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Czech philharmonics and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, and has collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida—with whom she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Kožená made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in 2003 as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and has since been a regular guest. Last season Kožená undertook a series of residencies throughout Europe including recitals with Mitsuko Uchida, a chamber music project with Sir Simon Rattle and members of the Berlin Philharmonic. She was signed by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999 and was honored with Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award in 2001. She was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone in 2004 and has won numerous other awards. Born in Brno, Kožená studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory and later at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts.

Individual tickets are $30. All students are free. Subscription packages offer significant savings. For information, call 388- 6080 or click here.