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Ester Pavlů is a young Czech mezzo-soprano. She was born in Prague and in 2009 graduated from the Prague Conservatory under the tuition of L. Löbl. In 2015 she graduated from the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the tuition of Helena Kaupová. Ester has been continuously studying under leading singers worldwide, including Aprile Millo in New York, Peter Dvorský, Gabriela Beňačková, Carol Issac (Metropolitan Opera pianist) and Eva Randová, who still guides Ester through regular consultations. Ester Pavlů is the laureate of numerous competitions and shows, such as the Antonín Dvořák’s International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary where she placed 3rd; she also won the Beno Blachut Award and was a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Competition in Amsterdam.


In the 2017/2018 season Ester Pavlů performs in J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen as Olga in Eugen Onegin and the Foreign Princess in Rusalka directed by T. Pilař. In 2018 she will sing Fenena in Nabucco at the National Theatre in Prague. She was specifically selected for this role by the Argentinean tenor José Cura, who will be the director of the opera. As José Cura said in one renowned magazine: “Ester has exactly that something special that makes her an exceptional talent.”  Upon the recommendation of the Italian conductor M. Guidarini she was invited as a host singer to Cagliari opera in Sardinia, where she sang the Biblical Songs by Antonín Dvořák. At the time of her studies she debuted at the State Opera in Prague in the difficult coloratura role of Laura in The Three Pintos by C. M. von Webrapod conducted by H. M. Förster and directed by J. Nekvasil. Since 2013 she is a standing soloist in the Mystérie de Noël at the Grand Théâtre du Puy du Fou in France with the Swiss conductor Jérôme Kuhn (30 performances per season, each with audience of 2500). Ester also sang the Second Nymph in Dvořák’s Rusalka during the Summer Festival in Loket under the guidance of J. Chalupecký, conductor of the National Theatre in Prague, and direction of M. Otava. In the same role she also performed in Prague National Theatre under the direction of J. Heřman. She was a guest singer at the Prague National Theatre in Mozart’s Magical Flute directed by V Morávek. She sang Mercedes from Carmen in a concert performance with the B. Martinů Philharmonics in Zlín under the Italian director W. Attanasi and alongside singers from the Moscow Grand Theatre. She acted Mary from the Flying Dutchman at the North Bohemian Theatre in Ústí nad Labem, Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni in Opera Mozart at the Estates Theatre in Prague. She sang in the Czech premiere of What Men Live By, and as the Old Woman by B. Martinů under the conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. This opera was nominated in the third year of the International Opera Awards for the “rediscovered opera” category. This concert was recorded by the Czech Radio and will be published by Supraphon Records. Ester Pavlů collaborates with numerous Czech and foreign orchestras (Czech Philharmonics, Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, B. Martinů Philharmonics, State Philharmonics Košice, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Pilsen Philharmonics, Teplice Philharmonics, Virtuosi di Praga, Prague Symphonic Ensemble, Darmstädterhofkapelle). She also works with various leading conductors including M. Krejčí, J. Chalupecký, H. M. Förster, W. Attanasi, J. Bělohlávek, E. Dovic, H. Richter, J. Kyzlink, M. Comin, A. S. Weiser, and others. She performed in many countries – Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Russia. She also focuses on songs, especially by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler.