Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland: From the House of the Dead

25. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

Savonlinna Opera Festival, held between July 8 and August 6 in Savonlinna in the south-east of Finland, presented From the House of the Dead (1928), the very last opera by Leoš Janáček. The premiere took place on July 23 in a curious location of the medieval Olavinlinna castle. The production is a famous one, created by David Pountney for the Welsh National Opera in 1982.

Longborough Festival Opera: Jenůfa

20. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

A new production of Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček is one of the four performances played at Longborough Festival Opera this year. Held between June 9 and August 4, this festival offers what is referred to as "country house opera" experience, which means that the works are performed at remote country houses. In addition to the show itself, the visit therefore usually includes also a picnic in the open air, dinner and an overnight stay. In England, country house opera rangs among very popular form of summer entertainment. The Longborough Festival Opera is held in Gloucestershire county in a village of Longborough which has less than 500 inhabitants.

Quintanar de la Orden, Spain. Premieres of string quartets by Petr Bakla and Jakub Rataj

19. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

The Prague-based string quartet fama Q gave a concert in a small Castillian town Quintanar de la Orden at the 23rd Festival de Música La Mancha. Among the works performed were the world premieres of String Quartet No. 2 by Petr Bakla and String Quartet by Jakub Rataj.

Venice. Bohuslav Martinů: Mirandolina

17. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

Five performances of Bohuslav Martinů's Mirandolina were held at the renowned Teatro La Fenice (Venice) in the first half of July. Directed by Gianmaria Aliverta, this opera from 1953-54 based on a comedy La Locandiera (The Mistress of the Inn) by Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) was this time set into a present-day wellness centre of a modern hotel.

Petr Cígler: Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object (world premiere)

15. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

NODO - New Opera Days Ostrava presented a world premiere of Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object , an opera by a composer and scientist Petr Cígler which was written directly for the festival. The performance took place on June 29 at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre.

Martin Smolka: The Lists of Infinity (premiere of a new version)

13. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

On June 27 the Prague-based Alfred ve Dvoře Theatre premiered an experimental opera performance The Lists of Infinity by a composer Martin Smolka. This performance directed by Jiří Adámek, who is also the author of the libretto, is in fact a new version of a piece composed 2 years ago on a commission for the New Opera days Ostrava (NODO) festival.

Petr Kotík: William William (world premiere)

6. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

The opening evening of the New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO) biennale, which was held between the 27 and 30 June, offered a world premiere of William William, an opera by a composer and the festival's artistic director Petr Kotík (*1942). The performance took place in the industrial milieu of the Hlubina coal mine.

Mönchengladbach: Katja Kabanowa

3. 7. 2016 Autor: default_author

On June 11 the Theater Mönchengladbach (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) saw a premiere of Janáček's opera Katja Kabanowa which was last played here 26 years ago. The story of one of the composers's strongest female characters was put on stage by a team composed almost exclusively of women - from the scenographer and wardrobe supervisor, past the dramaturge to the choirmistress, led by the directress Helen Malkowsky. The theatre's musical director Mihkel Kütson was conducting.

Madrid: The Emperor of Atlantis

20. 6. 2016 Autor: default_author

For the first time in its history, Teatro Real in Madrid staged a new production of Viktor Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis (1943). Dramaturgically the premiere was a part of the theatre's special programme series of works composed mostly by Jewish authors in the 1930s and 1940s. Apart from the main attraction, Arnold Schönberg's Moses and Aaron, the series also included Hans Krása's children's opera Brundibár which was premiered in April (for more info see here: ).

Slavomír Hořínka: Words Without Thoughts (world premiere)

11. 6. 2016 Autor: default_author

Words Without Thoughts, a string quartet by Slavomír Hořínka (*1980), received its world premiere at the Concentus Moraviae international music festival whose 21st year's programme was focused solely on the string quartet music. Commissioned by the festival, the piece was performed on 9 June in the Municipal museum in Bystřice nad Pernštejnem by Miloslav Ištvan Quartett, an ensemble composed of young players (Alexej Aslamas, Jan Bělohlávak - violin, Stanislav Vacek - viola, Štěpán Filípek - cello) specializing in contemporary music.

Aachen: The Bartered Bride

10. 6. 2016 Autor: default_author

On June 5, the Theater Aachen premiered a new production of Bedřich Smetana's Bartered Bride. It was directed by Béatrice Lachaussée, a young French director who had made her debut three years ago in Vienna with Šimon Voseček's opera Biedermann and the Arsonists. The conductor is Theater Aachen's capellmeister Justus Thorau.

Tomáš Pálka / Landscape: MountainsLakes for shakuhachi and orchestra (world premiere)

9. 6. 2016 Autor: default_author

Landscape: MountainsLakes, a piece for shakuhachi flute and orchestra by Tomáš Pálka (*1978), received its world premiere at the final concert of the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague. Titled 'Eastern Spheres' and held on 6 June, the event saw the renown Prague-based contemporary music orchestra BERG performing at the atypical premises of the Lesser Town's former premiere cinema 64 U Hradeb.