Lucia Duchoňová

Lucia Duchoňová has long been hotly tipped for success among singers of the younger generation by those in the know. And latest that she’s been nominated for a coveted Grammy Award, it’s definitely worth keeping a close eye on this Slovak mezzo-soprano. Gramophone magazine for example was extremely impressed, describing Lucia Duchoňová’s voice in a review of her recording of Joaquin Turina’s Canto a Sevilla as containing “the most sublime high register”. And the German magazine Klassik Heute saw in her “an exemplary artist in terms of musicality and vocal nuances,” whose interpretative skills even stood comparison with her legendary predecessor Victoria de los Angeles. Nevertheless, there is above all one aspect which is recurrent throughout the reviews from different countries: the sensitivity of her phrasing with which she stamps her mark on every single composition. The first highlights of her still young career were Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Passau European Music Festival and a concert tribute to her famous fellow countrywoman Lucia Popp in Bratislava, followed by performing on such a Festivals as the Herrenchiemsee Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Handel Festival in Göttingen, the Rheingau Music Festival, Music festival in Ottobeuren, the White Nights in St Petersburg, the Prague Spring, Music Festival Mäcklenburg-Vollpomer, Music festival of Usedom, La Folle Journée in Tokyo, etc. On the opera stage she created Lisetta in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, the Third Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Dorabella in Mozart´s Cosi fun tutte. Lucia Duchoňová’s discography includes Handel’s Judas Maccabäus (DHM) and Alexander’s Feast (Hänssler Classic, first solo CD Canto a Sevilla (Hänssler Classic) which was nominated for a Grammy Award 2010 in category The Best Vocal Performance, Canciones&Conciertos (2012, Hänssler Classic), Melancholy (2014, Capriccio/Deutschlandradio Kultur) . Lucia Duchoňová organizes the international a cappella festival ZOOM+ in Trnava.