A Russian premiere of Bohuslav Martinů's Greek Passion

21. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

For the first time ever, Bohuslav Martinů's operatic masterpiece The Greek Passion was performed in Russia, at the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ekaterinburg. The premiere took place on 19 April with reprises over the following three days. The first of the opera's two versions was directed by Thaddeus Strassberger and conducted by the theatre's chiefconductor Oliver von Dohnányi.

Kryštof Mařatka: Fables pastorales (world premiere)

21. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

At the opportunity of releasing his new album by the French Arion Music label, Kryštof Mařatka, Czech composer permanently living in Paris, presented the world premiere of his piece Fables pastorales. The concert took place on 16 April in Salle Cortot, Paris, under the auspices of Czech Republic's ambassador to France Petr Drulák, and, as a reminder of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, included also Antonín Dvořák's famous "Dumky" Trio op. 90 in Mařatka's arrangement for clarinet, viola and piano.

Miroslav Pudlák: Intonarumori Concerto for Howler, Sraper, Crackler and Orchestra (world premiere)

15. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

An attractive musical programme was presented on 9 April in Studio Hrdinů (Trade Fair Palace, Prague) by the BERG orchestra. The concert named Archeology of the 20th century introduced John Cage's renowned Radio Music, a Czech premiere of Graffiti, a piece by an internationally acclaimed Korean composer Unsuk Chin, Archeologia del telefono. Concertante for 13 instruments by Salvatore Sciarrino and as a highlight of the evening a concerto for noise instruments (intonarumori) by Miroslav Pudlák (*1961).

Ivan Acher: Sternenhoch (world premiere)

12. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 7 April, the New Scene of the National Theatre in Prague presented the long-awaited premiere of the opera adaptation of Ivan Klíma's mystery novel The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch. Its author, primarily a scenic music composer and musical autodidact Ivan Acher (*1976) had already written music for the book's theatre adaptation at Divadlo Komedie eleven years ago; now, he topped his interest in this literary work off with an all-night opera under the simple title Sternenhoch.

Frankfurt: From the House of the Dead

11. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 1 April, Oper Frankfurt introduced their new production of Leoš Janáček's last opera From the House of the Dead. It was created by Italian conductor Tito Ceccherini and German-French director David Hermann, who had for the last time worked with Janáček's music only two years ago, directing The Makropulos Affair in the renowned Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Lukáš Sommer: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra

10. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 28 and 29 March in St Anna's Church, České Budějovice, the South Czech Philharmonic presented the world premiere of Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by the Budějovice-born composer and guitarist Lukáš Sommer (*1984). The solo part was performed by a leading Czech oboist Vilém Veverka.

Linz: Brundibár

8. 4. 2018 Autor: default_author

„How to talk about the terrors and inhumanity of the Nazi period to kids? And how to speak about those whose names have never made it to historical literature?" These are the questions Landestheater Linz was trying to answer in their new production of Hans Krása's children's opera Brundibár premiered on 31 March.

Hagen: The Cunning Little Vixen

25. 3. 2018 Autor: default_author

After 45 years, Leoš Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen returned to the stage of Theater Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia. The premiere on 24 March has already received a very positive critical response.

Darmstadt: The Makropulos Affair

23. 3. 2018 Autor: default_author

Conductor Will Humburg concluded his three-year-long Janáček cycle at Staatstheater Darmstadt with a new production of The Makropulos Affair. The theatre's general music director is already an expert when it comes to the Moravian composer; apart from Jenůfa and The Cunning Little Vixen in Darmstadt, he had also conducted Katya Kabanova a couple of years ago in Bonn.

Petr Bakla: String trio no. 2 (world premiere)

20. 3. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 9 March at the Morat-Institut in Freiburg, ensemble recherche, top-class German contemporary music ensemble, gave world premiere to String trio no. 2 by Czech composer Petr Bakla.

London: From the House of the Dead

14. 3. 2018 Autor: default_author

For the first time in its history, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, presented From the House of the Dead, the last opera by composer Leoš Janáček. Created in co-production with Brussels' La Monnaie theatre and Opéra National de Lyon, the performance is remarkable for the involvement of several Czech and Slovak singers; apart from Štefan Margita (Luka Kuzmic), there are also Ladislav Elgr (Skuratov) and Aleš Jenis (Prisoner, Brahmin, Don Juan).

Pavel Zemek-Novák: The Touches of Mercy (premiere)

13. 3. 2018 Autor: default_author

"... Impressions and Touches in the Soul...", this year's first concert by the Konvergence composers' association, took place on 5 March in the Church of St Lawrence in Lesser town, Prague. It presented, among others, the premiere of Doteky milosrdenství (The Touches of Mercy), a new piece by a well-known Brno-based composer Pavel Zemek-Novák.

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