Magdeburg: Rusalka

23. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

Theater Magdeburg in the capital city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, put on Dvořák's Rusalka as the first premiere of this year's season. The production's author is an experienced British opera director Stephen Lawless, who has collaborated with MET, Berlin State Opera or Royal Opera House Covent Garden, among others.

Tomáš Reindl. Yoga (world premiere)

16. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

Held on September 4 in the Domovina hall in Holešovice, Prague, the first autumn concert by BERG orchestra was named "Surya Namaskar", which means Sun Salutation. That was because the evening's dominant theme was yoga, specifically as presented by composer and multi-instrumentalist Tomáš Reindl (*1971) in his premiere piece Yoga for Guru, Orchestra and Yogis.

Martin Smolka: The Name Emmanuel (world premiere)

10. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

A part of the 15th year of music and environment Baltic Sea Festival, which was held during the last week of August in Stockholm, was a world premiere of a new piece for choir by composer Martin Smolka. The Name Emmanuel was written on the festival's commission and was performed on August 27 at the Berwaldhallen concert hall by the Swedish Radio Choir led by its choirmaster Peter Dijkstra.

Ostrava Days. Miroslav Srnka: Make No Noise (Czech premiere)

9. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

One of the most eagerly anticipated events of this year's Ostrava Days was undoubtedly the first Czech performance of Miroslav Srnka's chamber opera Make No Noise. Written for five voices, thirteen instruments and electronics, the work was commissioned by the Bavarian State Opera and last time performed in August 2016 at the Austrian festival Bregenzer Festspiele.

Ostrava Days. Petr Bakla: Summer Work (world premiere)

8. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

The fifth day of the Ostrava Days presented a concert of the festival's residential orchestra Ostravská banda held at the Triple Hall Karolina. Led by four different conductors – Petr Kotík, Joseph Trafton, Bruno Ferrandis and Carl Bettendorf – the ensemble played a program consisting of nine compositions, none of which was more than 15 years old.

Ostrava days: premieres of pieces by Petr Cígler, Petr Bakla and Michal Rataj

7. 9. 2017 Autor: default_author

As would be expected, the 10 days and 22 concerts of the 9th year of the contemporary music biennale Ostrava days included several Czech premieres. From those by Czech authors they were first of all the chamber Nothing is Free by Petr Cígler, September by Petr Bakla and The Long Sentence II by Michal Rataj.

Dimitrij at the Bard SummerScape

31. 7. 2017 Autor: default_author

The ongoing Bard SummerScape festival, held for the 15th time at the Bard College campus some 180 km north of New York, focuses this time primarily on the work of Fréderic Chopin. That is why the choice of the opera to be produced this year fell on a Poland-themed work, the seldom performed Dimitrij by Antonín Dvořák.

Kateřina Horká: Mosaic (world premiere)

30. 7. 2017 Autor: default_author

At the fifth of eight concerts of Podkrkonošské hudební léto festival, world premiere was given to Mosaics, a piece for violin, clarinet and piano by composer Kateřina Horká (*1993). A young student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague wrote it in autumn 2016, encouraged by the festival's directress, violinist Ludmila Pavlová.

Jaroslav Pelikán: Confessione cantata on a text by St. Augustine

10. 7. 2017 Autor: default_author

The second of the ten concerts held by the 'Treasures of the Broumov region' music festival (12th year, Jul 1 – Sep 2) was dedicated to pieces deposited in the musical archive of the Broumov monastery. They were performed by Musica Braunensis ensemble which was established with the objective to play specifically this, often unknown or long-forgotten repertory.

Jiřina Marková-Krystlíková: Rusalenka (world premiere)

2. 7. 2017 Autor: default_author

The 59th year of the Smetana's Litomyšl music festival (Jun 16 - Jul 6) thought about its youngest spectators, too. It was for them that the festival staged a children opera performance Rusalenka by a well-known singer, pedagogue, and directress of the Prague children's opera Jiřina Marková-Krystlíková (*1957).

Trier: Brundibár

1. 7. 2017 Autor: default_author

Less than two weeks after the Brundibár premiere in Staatstheater Kassel, a new production of this children opera by Hans Krása was put on on another German opera scene, namely the one of Theater Trier in Rhineland-Palatinate. The piece, performed more than 55 times with the deported children in the Theresienstadt ghetto where the author eventually died, was sung by the newly established Theater Trier children choir as their very first performance. The young singers were accompanied by the Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Trier.

Kassel: Brundibár

28. 6. 2017 Autor: default_author

Staatstheater Kassel presented a new production of Hans Krása's famous Brundibár. The 1938 opera, once sung by children of the Theresienstadt ghetto, was rehearsed by a children choir Cantamus where the soloists were recruited from, too. They were accompanied by the TJO, Theater-Jugendorchester, which is an ensemble formed by talented instrumentalists aged 12-20.

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