Soukupová, Věra, Czech mezzo-soprano; b. Prague, April 12, 1932. She was a student in Prague of Kadeřábek and Mustanová-Linková. In 1957 she made her debut at the J.K. Tyl Theater in Plzeň, where she sang until 1960. From 1960 to 1963 she was a member of the Prague National Theater. After capturing first prize in the Rio de Janeiro competition in 1963, she pursued a major career as an opera and concert singer. In 1966 she sang at the Bayreuth Festival. She made her first appearance in Hamburg in 1968. Thereafter she sang with major European opera houses and at major festivals. She became particularly known for her idiomatic performances of roles in 19th and 20th-century Czech operas.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire