W I T H B A R B O R A K R S I A K O V A ( S L O V A K I A)
My name is Barbora Kršiaková. I am a 24 years old passionate classical singer who loves the world of opera. Currently, I am living in the city in the middle of Slovakia called Banská Bystrica, where I moved in when I was 14. I was studying here for six years at the Conservatory. After finishing my studies at the Conservatory (2016), I’ve got a job at the State Opera in Banská Bystrica as a choir member. Two years later, in 2018, I started to develop my singing skills at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica and last year I got an opportunity to study in Verona in my beloved Italy as well.
How did you get to what you are doing?
Since I remember I wanted to be a singer. When I was a child, I was singing all the time, everywhere and to everyone. I used to sing with my grandma on the road in the car or with my mum at our house. Mum led me to the world of music in general. When I was five, she took me to the school of music, and since I started to dream bigger and bigger.
"Dream more, don't give up and work hard on what you want."
How would you best describe what you are currently doing and what you would like to achieve?
Well, currently, I am trying to finish my studies at the Academy in Slovakia because I would like to go back to Italy again and continuing my studies there. And I am still working in the State opera in the choir. It’s my full-time job for now, but I would like to achieve solo roles and change my status from chorister to soloist. I like to sing in the choir, but I always wanted to be a solo singer. I think that now it’s time for a change. So I am working even hard on myself. I focus on improving my singing technic, music knowledge and vocal repertoire.
What do you consider most important in the opera, and why?
Most important in the opera I consider three things = ( D+P+H 😀 ) = Discipline, passion and heart. In my opinion, if you want to be a good opera singer you have to have these things. Discipline is critical. Sometimes we need to be hard on yourselves and take care of our lifestyle and daily routine because so many things have an impact on our’ instrument’. So singers need to be more careful about what they can do and what not. Passion for music and singing with all your heart it’s a must!
Otherwise, there is no connection with people, and if the audience doesn’t feel your energy, they are not able to understand the real message which is hidden in every opera. So the singer has to find the key to every piece of music and after that can spread the joy and love to all listeners, and it needs a lot of passion and heart.
What do you think about the whole opera?
In my view Opera is one of the most beautiful art forms because you can find in it everything – singing, dancing, acting, beautiful music, costumes, sceneries and amazing stories. Some of them are based on real historical events others are inspired by mythology or show the real life of that time so you can learn so much by watching them or you can relax and enjoy the beauty of music. This art is suitable for everyone. For children as well because we can also find fairy tale themes in opera literature.
How does your country impact International opera opportunities?
I think that my country does not have such a significant impact on opera opportunities internationally. Slovakia is a young nation, and people here are not used to this form of art so much. Opera is still considered as an old art in my homeland, which is not too attractive for young people.
What are the key advantages and disadvantages of international cooperation?
The key advantages of international cooperation are reaching new experiences, getting new facts about opera life abroad, meeting new great people, building worldwide friendships, travelling and exploring new things about other cultures. The only disadvantage I see if you are not a student anymore; it isn’t easy to get financial support for these cooperations.
Describe the people in your country…
In my opinion, people in Slovakia, in general, are friendly and helpful but I think that they are too strict and stressed. However, there is a little difference between people in opera and the others. I think that people in opera are more relaxed, smiling and opens to new adventures and contacts. Lots of them are friendly and pleasant.
What do you think about an International Magazine focused on people?
I think that International Magazine focused on people; it’s a great idea. The world is full of incredible people, and thanks to an International Magazine, we have the opportunity to meet them.
Do you like “OPERA LIFE “? What do you think about general performance and cooperation?
Absolutely yes. Opera life is so extraordinary and full of unforgettable adventures, experiences and amazing people. When you are a part of it, your life can’t be boring anymore. Performance is one of the best parts of being an opera singer. To be in front of the audience and ‘take’ them to the beautiful world of classical music and show them your feelings and emotions through the music is indescribable… I like cooperation in general. They are always enriching for both sides.
What is your opinion on education, academies, lectures and various motivational webinars?
In my opinion, education is essential. I am the type of person who loves to acquire new knowledge. We have to learn throughout our lives if we don’t want to stagnate, for artists and especially for singers academies are right places to forming themselves. Every singer needs to find a way which is the best for him. There are so many styles and periods in music, and it takes time until you find which one is the right for you. I am also a huge fan of motivational webinars. Each of us needs new energy from time to time, and these webinars are the right place to find them.
Which amazing and fascinating countries do you like?
I like many countries. Especially Spain, Portugal, France but number one for me is Italy. I travelled a lot there, and I fell in love immediately with the Italian people, language, architecture, art and cuisine. Italy is a dream place for me in studying vocal interpretation and technic.
In this country, specifically in Florence, are real roots of my beloved opera so I can’t imagine a better place to develop knowledge about this form of art. I think that every opera singer has to go to Italy at least once.
Do you have any ambitions or visions?
Yes, of course. I have so many ambitions and visions. I want to travel more. I would love to meet new people and getting new experiences. I want to spread my wings and fly away. I am not the type of person who wants to stay at home. I want to go abroad and try to live there. Go to auditions, competitions and trying new things. I know that it’s not easy to go to a foreign country alone, but it’s not impossible…
Which are your most significant career dreams? Have you managed to meet any of them already?
One of my biggest career dreams is to sing on a big stage alongside the best ones. I want to sing in all the prestigious opera houses and concert halls in the world. I want to share my passion, love, joy and energy with everyone who loves music and make people happier with my art. I think life is beautiful and music is beautiful too, so why not combine these two things and not enjoy them to the fullest.
Which quotes best describe you and why?
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time, we fall.” – Confucius
This is one of my favourite quotes. I think it describes me perfectly. I felt down so many times I’ve been through challenging times in my life when I thought that I’d never been able to do what I love the most. But we are more robust than we think.
This quote inspires me every time I fall to keep moving forward and rise again. I know that sometimes it is not easy, but in the end, every failure makes us better and stronger.
What kind of advice would you like to give to people?
My advice to all people is: Dream more, don’t give up and work hard on what you want. Nothing is impossible. All the limits are just in our head. So get away with them.