Czech mezzo-soprano Pavlina Horakova is an exceptional gifted singer, that have entertained audiences across musical genres and world's music stages. She is also an accomplished event producer with a wide experience of working in the music industry and nonprofit sector. She created, implemented and led projects for a broad spectrum of organizations in the United States and Europe. Pavlina performed the title role in opera Carmen and Berta in Barber of Seville with Opera Amore in New York City. She also sang number of solo recitals in New York City and performed often with the Phaedra Cabaret .She sang at the European project EMSO with an international orchestra under the direction of Australian conductor Dr. David Banney. She won the Czech National Vocal Competition and appeared on a Czech televised Competition, “Caruso Show”.
Pavlina holds a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, having studied classical voice with Arthur Levy and Ron Raines. In addition she holds a Master of Business Administration from Prague University of Economics and is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory.
In addition to a classical repertoire Pavlína performs with Eric Underwood & the All-stars, she also sang with the Czech rock band Checkpoint and appeared on a CD release Ruzný světy. She performed as a teaching artist in the outreach program, when she wrote her solo one woman show Why do I love Opera? for a wide range of public school students in New York City.
She created and successfully launched a new project: “Voice New York” in Prague. From her experience as a voice student in the Czech Republic, she is aware of the limited opportunities for talented young Czechs to receive voice training on a high level at a reasonable cost, and decided to initiate a program to address this need. In addition to the design of the program, Pavlina was responsible for organization, administration, institutional relations, fund-raising, and promotion and was able to secure Manhattan School of Music Opera Program Director Dona D. Vaughn to teach as the primary faculty member. The program was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. State Department, and supported by the Prague Academy of Performing Arts and the non profit organization, Hlasove Centrum. It proved to be a great success artistically and pedagogically, as well as an enormously valuable learning experience for herself.
Pavlina’s goal is to connect her two fields of study. While she is a professional singer, she would like to also incorporate her business savvy in a way that gives back to the profession she loves. By fostering social responsibility through the visible practice of managing her own non-profit, she hopes to encourage musical talents of youth.