Biography

Dagmar Šašková was born in Rakovník, Czech Republic, in 1978. She began her musical studies with Ludmila Kotnauerová at the Western Bohemian University in Pilsen (2003 graduate). In 2002, she was awarded Second Prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition in Brno and the Bohuslav Martinů Special Award for her singing. She continued at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (Marta Beňačková class, 2006). In June 2008, Dagmar Šašková brought her singing studies in baroque technique a brilliant close at the Versailles Baroque Music Centre.

Dagmar Šašková often performs in concerts with orchestras such as Versailles Baroque Music Centre, Akadêmia, Correspondances, Il Festino, La Fenice, La Rêveuse, Le Concert brisé, Les Paladins, Pygmalion, Le Poème Harmonique, Sagittarius, or Musica Florea. She has taken part in the recordings of Marc Antoine Charpentier’s Sacred Stories and Pierre Robert’s Grands Motets conducted by Olivier Schneebeli, as well as in the extracts from Opella Nova and Israelis Brünnlein by Johann Hermann Schein with the Sagittarius orchestra conducted by Michel Laplénie. She has also recorded Dietrich Buxtehude’s Cantatas for soprano with Le Concert brisé conducted by William Dongois, the Italian Aria from the Time of Louis 13th of France and Arie da cantarsi of Stefano Landi with the Il Festino orchestra (Manuel de Grange), and finally Johann Sebastian Bach’s B-Minor Mass with the Pygmalion orchestra conducted by Raphaël Pichon. For the moment, the two last contributions to her discography are The Royal Night Concert with the orchestra Les Correspondances (Sébastien Daucè) and Natale in Italia with La Fenice (Jean Tubéry).

In 2010, Dagmar Šašková performed as Corisande in Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Amadis opera in a coproduction between the Versailles Baroque Music Centre and the Avignon Theatre (direction Olivier Schneebeli) (Avignon and Massy Opera Houses). In 2011, with Musica Florea of Marek Štryncl, she has sung the role of Apollo in George Friedrich Händel’s Terpsicore in baroque theatres of Český Krumlov and Mnichovo Hradiště in the Czech Republic. She has also taken part as Moschino, Ninfa, Rubanière, and Fleure in L’Egisto of Marco Marazzoli et Virgilio Mazzocchi conducted by Jérôme Correas (Les Palladins) at the Massy Opera House and in the Theatre l’Athénée in Paris, in Cergy-Pontoise, … In 2013, she sang Melanto in Ritorno d’Ulysse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi conducted by Jérôme Correas (Les Palladins) (Massy, Théâtre Gérard-Philipe Saint-Denis, Reims, Nice, Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, …). She then left for New Delhi to sing Ninfa in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo by Akadêmia conducted by Françoise Lasserre (also Cité de la Musique in Paris). In 2014, with the orchestra La Fenice of Jean Tubéry, Dagmar Šašková interpreted the title role of Dido in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Lyon and in Uzès (concert version). In 2016, she left for a tour in the South Corea with the Sacred Stories of Marc Antoine Charpentier as Judith with the Versailles Baroque Music Centre (direction Olivier Schneebeli, stage manager Ana Yepes). In the French tour of the Orfeo par-delà le Gange in 2016, she was la Musica and la Messagiera on the stage of Arsenal in Metz and in the Reims opera.

Dagmar Šašková performs regularly in recital with the organist Kateřina Chroboková, with a baroque repertoire. With the pianist Vendula Urbanová, she has given a series of concerts of the Czech music (romantism, 20th century) at the Czech Center in Paris.