Staff Profiles

The soprano Magdaléna Blahušiaková works as Professor at the renowned conservatoire in Bratislava, Slovakia (where many legendary singers, such as the tenor Peter Dvorský and the coloratura soprano Edita Grúberová, have trained), as well as at the Academy of Music there.  Prior to the beginning of her distinguished teaching career (from 1986), she was the soloist at the National Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic (1969-82) and at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (1982-2003).  As Czech and Slovak are closely related languages, she has sung many Czech roles (Jenůfa, Káťa Kabanová, Rusalka, Foreign Countess and Ježibaba, among others), as well as those of Katerina Ismailova, Tatiana, Liza, Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Aida, Abigaille, Violetta, Santuzza, Lady Macbeth, and later on Carmen, Eboli, Judith and others (in some of these, she has also appeared on Czech and Slovak televisions).  She has performed in the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Washington, Worcester and Ann Arbor), Germany, France, Spain, Holland, England, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, China and Japan; she has recorded four CDs of Italian arias.  She works regularly at the international vocal courses in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and in Bratislava. Her students have won prizes at international singing competitions (Belvedere), and  have worked at foremost Czech and Slovak opera houses, as well as those in France (Lyon), Switzerland (Zurich) and Germany (Munich and Hamburg). 

Languages spoken:  Italian, German, Bulgarian, Russian, Slovak (mother tongue), Czech


Mirka Zemanová, the founder of and Czech language coach at Moravian Master Class, is a Czech musicologist based in London.  She is the author of Janáček. A Composer's Life (London 2002), and the editor and  translator of Janáček's Uncollected Essays on Music (London 1993). 
As a Czech language coach, she has worked in a number of productions of Janáček’s and Dvořák's operas at various prestigious opera houses and festivals, notably Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Grand Théâtre Geneva, Welsh National Opera, La Scala Milan, Teatro Comunale Florence, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing and Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, Japan.  Privately, she has also coached in several operas by Smetana.

Among the conductors she has worked with are Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Simon Rattle, Carlo Rizzi, Jiří Kout, Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta.   Among the singers she has coached are Anja Silja, the late Hildegard Behrens, Karita Mattila, Eva Maria Westbroek, Willard White, Graham Clark, David Kuebler, Marcel Reijans, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Marie Lenormand, and Angela Denoke.

Her articles have appeared in Britain and other European countries such as Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Spain and Sweden, as well as in North America, China and Japan. 
Languages spoken:   English, Czech, French
Timothy Cheek is an American pianist and vocal coach who specializes in Czech repertoire.  Since studying as an opera coach apprentice at the National Theatre in Prague under conductor Bohumil Gregor he has coached hundreds of singers in Czech vocal music in master classes, festivals and opera productions in the USA, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, and South Africa.  Students and professionals he has worked with have gone on to win voice competitions such as the Montreal International Czech & Slovak Voice Competition, the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition, Metropolitan Opera Auditions, or to sing Czech opera roles or art songs with the Chicago Symphony, as well as at the Bard Festival, Opera Antwerp, La Scala Milan, Teatro La Fenice, and the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto.

He performed for five summers at the master classes of Elly Ameling and Rudolf Jansen in Munich and served an apprenticeship at the Teatro Comunale, Florence (under Zubin Mehta and Bruno Bartoletti).  He is Associate Professor of Performing Arts at the University of Michigan where he coaches, provides musical direction for opera workshop, and teaches diction classes as well as a class in Czech vocal literature.

His Singing in Czech and several books on various Czech operas are recognized internationally as authoritative resources for singing in Czech.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Czech, German

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