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Seattle: Katya Kabanova

26. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

On 25th February, Seattle Opera in Washington, USA, premiered a new production of Leoš Janáček's Katya Kabanova. The Australian director Patrick Nolan, debutant at this opera house, did not set the story into the tsarist Russia, but into a small American town in the 50s. The heroine is thus presented as a modern woman rebelling against the patriarchal environment of the time that considered a woman's main task in life to be the care of her husband, children and household.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra: premieres of works by Jan Kučera and Ondřej Brousek

19. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

Within their New Horizons cycle, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra staged a concert called "The Classic in the Hands of Jazzmen". It was held on 13th February in the Municipal House's Smetana Hall and, next to the PRSO, it hosted another renowned radio ensemble – Czech Radio Big Band Gustav Brom.

Ensemble Opera Diversa. Premieres of pieces by Radim Bednařík and Miloš Štědroň

16. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

Held on 6th February in Reduta, this year's first orchestral concert by the Brno-based Ensemble Opera Diversa not only celebrated Miloš Štědroň's 75th birthday but also served as a unique display of music by contemporary Czech and Moravian composers. Led by Gabriela Tardonová, the ensemble performed 6 pieces for strings, none of which was written more than twenty years ago.

Petr Kotík: Etude 7 (world premiere)

13. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

The third of the six evenings of the Beauty of Today, which is aoncert cycle organized by PKF – Prague Philharmonia, was dedicated to the composer, conductor, flautist and music organiser Petr Kotík who recently celebrated his 75th birthday. It took place on 8th February at NoD experimental space in Prague and the audience had a chance to see Kotík not only as a composer, but also as a presenter and performer.

Pavel Zemek Novák: Symphony no. 6 "Praise Creation"

12. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

At their concert on 6th February in Rudolfinum, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra gave world premiere to the sixth symphony by a Brno-based composer Pavel Zemek Novák (*1957). In this composition written to the text of Saint Francis of Assisi's Canticle of Creation, the orchestra was joined by the women section of the Prague Philharmonic Choir led by Jakub Zicha.

Šimon Voseček. Biedermann and the Arsonists (German premiere)

9. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

After Vienna and London, the acclaimed all-evening opera Biedermann and the Arsonists (2005-2007) by a Czech-Austrian composer Šimon Voseček received its German premiere, too. It was produced in Stadttheater Bremerhaven in northern Germany by director Christian van Götz and conductor Thomas Kalb.

Coburg: The Cunning Little Vixen in a world of child prostitution

8. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

On 4th February, Landestheater Coburg, Bavaria, presented a new, radical production of Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen. The Hungarian director duo Alexandra Szemerédy and Magdolna Parditka, who are also responsible for the scenography and costumes, completely abandoned the animal realm and set the story into the world of child prostitution in Eastern Europe.

Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera

7. 2. 2017 Autor: default_author

Premiered on 2nd February, the historically second production of Dvořák's Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in New York meets with very mixed reactions. The critics cannot seem to agree in their opinion both on Mary Zimmerman's direction and the singers' performance.

Saarbrücken: Katja Kabanowa

15. 1. 2017 Autor: default_author

Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, the capital of the state of Saarland, Germany, opened its 2017 opera season with a premiere of Janáček's Katja Kabanowa. Written in 1921 and based on A. N. Ostrovsky's play The Storm, the opera got performed here for the first time in history. The premiere took place on January 14.

Vienna. Viktor Ullmann: Emperor of Atlantis

13. 1. 2017 Autor: default_author

Thirty years since the last performance, Viktor Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis returned onto the stage of the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. The new production of this one-act opera, composed in 1943 in the Theresienstadt ghetto, was premiered on 11 January on the Kammeroper scene.

Erfurt: The Bartered Bride

30. 12. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 17th December, Theater Erfurt (Thuringia, Germany) presented a new production of Bedřich Smetana's Bartered Bride. It was conducted by the theatre's second kapellmeister, Greek conductor Zoi Tsokanou.

Miroslav Srnka: Piano Concerto (Czech premiere)

29. 12. 2016 Autor: default_author

Piano Concerto by Miroslav Srnka got selected as one of the pieces presented at Prague Radio Symphony orchestra's last pre-Christmas concert which was held on December 19 in Rudolfinum. As the internationally best-known Czech contemporary composer currently, Srnka was a perfect choice for the evening which bore the title "Czech Traces In The World" and whose program included also Philharmonic Dances by Jan Novák and Bohuslav Martinů's Bouquet of Flowers.