Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Amalie (Málka) Bobková (Soprano) (Trnava 1874 - 1956 ?)

She was a pupil of the famous Czech singer and pedagogue Marie Sittová-Petzoldová in Prague. In 1900 she made her debut at the National Theater in Prague as Marguerite in ‘’Faust’’ by C. Gounod. In 1901 she appeared there in the premiere of A. Dvořák’s ‘’Rusalka’’. Till 1911 she had in this most significant Czech opera theater a big career and she distinguished herself in Italian, German, French and Czech repertoire. She appeared with great success especially as a partner of the tenor Otakar Marák, who alos had a big success at that time in Prague. Her real star role was counted the Vendulka in ‘’Hubička’’ (‘’The kiss’’) by B. Smetana. Her other roles were Micaela in ‘’Carmen’’, Mignon of A. Thomas, Antonia in ‘’Hoffmanns Erzählungen’’, Gilda in ‘’Rigoletto’’, Susanna in ‘’Figaros Hochzeit’’, Juliette in ‘’Roméo et Juliette’’ by C. Gounod, Xenia in ‘’Dimitri’’ by A. Dvořák, Julia in ‘’Jacobin’’ of the same composer, Marie in ‘’Verkauften Braut’’ and Chrysothemis in ‘’Elektra’’ of R. Strauss. She married to Prager university professor F. Votruba and after her marriage lived together with her husband in Olomouc, where she appeared till 1920 at the theater there. She appeared at the National Theater of Prague in 1916 and 1918. Since 1934 she lived again in Prague and appeared there in 1936 again in a concert on the occasion of the homecoming of Czech tenor Otakar Marák from the USA.

Chronology of some appearances

1900 Prague National Theater Faust (Marguerite)
1901 Prague National Theater Rusalka (First wood sprite)


G&T, Praha 1902
Hubička (Smetana): Ukolébavka 73190 103z
Prodaná Nevĕsta (Smetana): Arie Marenky – Kdybych se cos takového 73184  104z

Odeon, Praha 1906-05/08
Rusalka (Dvořák): Zpěv lěsni zinky X29077 Vx1750
Mignon (Thomas): Zda znáš-li ten kra (Romance)  X29078 Vx1751
Prodaná Nevěsta (Smetana): Kdybych se co takovéko X29079 Vx1752
Hubička (Smetana): Hlásej, ptáčku X29080 Vx1753

Odeon, Praha 1907-1909
Prodaná Nevěsta (Smetana): Sekstet with H. Feldenova, O. Valoušková, F. Sir, E. Burian and V. Kliment X51020 ZX448
Don Giovanni (Mozart): Là ci darem la mano with E. Burian (Cz) X29087 ZX449
Hubička (Smetana): Ukolébavka X48151 ZX470
Hubička (Smetana): Hlásej, ptáčku (Skrivánci pisen) X48129 ZX471
Eugen Onegin (Tchaikovsky): Duet Tatjana-Olga with Valoušková X29088 ZX508

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