Must the Winter
|Czechoslovakian mezzo-soprano Martina
Portychova began her musical training in piano and voice at the age of 6.
After immigrating to the U.S. in 1995, she completed her Bachelor and Master
of Music at the University of Arizona in Tucson where she studied with Faye
Robinson. She has also worked with soprano Martina Arroyo and conductors Thomas Cockrell, Steven Crawford, Martin Doubravsky, Elizabeth Hastings, Mariusz Smolij, and Guillaume Tourniere. She appeared in operatic productions at the University of Arizona, the Opera Theater F. X. Salda in Liberec, Czech Republic, the State Prague Opera, St. Bonaventure University, NY and in concert with the Acadian Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana. Ms. Portychova has
performed the roles of Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring), La Principessa and Mistress of the Novices (Suor Angelica), Angelina (La Cenerentola) Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Meg Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff), Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro), Baba (Medium), Jo (Little Women), Old Lady (Candide), Nicklausse/Muse (Tales of Hoffmann), and Sister Miriam (The Three Hermits). In addition to operatic performances, she has appeared at the Bel Canto
Festival in Portland Oregon and was a Resident Artist at the Cincinnati Opera in 2007. Ms. Portychova has served on the voice and piano faculty of the Bennett Conservatory and
currently maintains a private studio in Croton on Hudson, NY.