Ester Pavlů – Mezzosoprano


Mon, 30. Mar. 2020 - 8:00 pm,
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin Dahlem
Lieder Recital

Ester Pavlů – Mezzosopran
Róbert Pechanec – Piano


Songs from the Dvůr Králové Manuscript


Les nuits d’été, Op. 7


1.What is your idea of perfect happiness? That’s easy – my family – 100% healthy and happy:-)

2. If you could time travel, where (rather “when”) would you like to go? Prague at the time when the Czech Republic was established in 1918 and where people could meet the Czech first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. I think there must have been a wonderful energy in the air.

3. What is your definition of love? Love is life. Without love, life is hard…

4. What have been the greatest challenges for you? Being a good mum (or not getting worse!:-)

5. Name a poet, author, painter and composer that you especially like – Karel Jaromír Erben – Czech author/poet, Josef Lada and Alfons Mucha – painters, Guiseppe Verdi – a composer

6. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I am here now.

7. Which composer or artist of the past would you like to invite for dinner? Maria Callas

8. What is your most treasured possession? My children – my two little boys – although you cannot posses your children or people.

9. What piece changed your life? It was Tosca.

10. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Death of the loved ones and/or disappointment both of your loved ones and your own.

11. Who are your heroes in real life? My parents and my husband – that they have been able to endure it all with me! And they still somehow love me!

12. What is your motto? “A career is wonderful thing, but you can’t snuggle up to it on a cold night.” Marilyn Monroe


The Czech mezzo-soprano Ester Pavlu graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Prague and perfected her singing skills in masterclasses with Aprile Millo, José Cura and Peter Dvorsky. She has won several international singing competitions, including the Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition, the Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini and the Beno Blachut Award.

In 2017 Ester Pavlu was discovered by Jose Cura at his masterclass and was invited to sing with him at his Prague concert and then engaged as Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco at the National Theatre in Prague.

Consequently she made her debut as Laura in C. M. Weber’s Die drei Pintos at the Prague State Opera. Ester Pavlu also celebrated her first successes as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Ständetheater in Prague or as Foreign Princess in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Theater Pilsen. Further engagements brought her to the Grand Théâtre du Puy du Fou and the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.

One of her remarkable concert appearances is the Old Lady in the world premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s What Men Live By under the direction of Jiří Bělohlávek. The production was nominated for the International Opera Award 2015. The recording of the work was then awarded the Czech Music Prize – Anděl – for the best classical recording.

Ester Pavlu has already worked with all major Czech orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, the Slovak Košice State Philharmonic, the FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Pilsen Philharmonic and the PKF Prague Philharmonic.

Future Plans include a concert tour with the FOK Prague Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen with Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in Great Britain.