Frankfurt. Martin Smolka: Observing the Clouds

20. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

The programme of the final concert of the 3-day Fokus Sport festival run by the Alte Oper Frankfurt included the composition Observing the Clouds by Martin Smolka. This piece from 2003, which, through its irregular and unpredictable rhythmical structure, expresses the dynamics of a badminton game, was performed on 12 March at the Alte Oper's Great Hall by the hr-Sinfonieorchester led by the American conductor Cristian Macelaru.

Ondřej Adámek: Conséquences particulièrement blanches ou noires (world premiere)

17. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

Ondřej Adámek's new composition for airmachine, a musical instrument designed and created by the composer himself, and 15 players received its world premiere on 10 March during the Biennale Musiques en Scène contemporary arts festival in Lyon. Adámek has been experimenting with the various modes of the instrument's construction since 2009. Made up of a wind tunnel and multiple air outlets with various objects attached to their ends, the machine creates its sound by blowing the air in and out in a vacuum cleaner-like manner.

Jiří Pavlica: Moravian Dances (world premiere)

14. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 10 March at the Zlín Congress Centre, Bohuslav Martinů Phlharmonic Orchestra premiered a new orchestral piece by Jiří Pavlica, a violinist and composer whose musical language, though oscillating between various genres, is influenced especially by folk music. The Moravian Dances orchestral suite, too, derives from folk dances from different Moravian regions (Haná, Moravian Slovakia, "odzemek" from Valašsko etc.).

Miloš Bok: Apocalypse in Kamenická Stráň (world premiere)

13. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

On their concerts on March 9, 10 and 11 the Czech Philharmonic performed - as this season's second world premiere of a piece by a Czech composer already - Miloš Bok's Apocalypse in Kamenická Stráň. This monumental 50-minute long vocal-instrumental composition for mixed and children's choir, four soloists and a large orchestra is in fact only the first half of the intended two-part oratorio which should at the same time form a final part of the author's oratorio trilogy The Gnomes from the Valley of Křinice (1993) - Saint Zdislava (2001) - Apocalypse.

Ondřej Štochl: YIN - Nostalgia and Hope (world premiere)

12. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

Ondřej Štochl's composition YIN - Nostalgia and Hope received its world premiere on 9 March at the Museum of Applied Arts of the Moravian Gallery by Brno Contemporary Orchestra. This piece for vibraphone and 12 instruments was on the programme of an evening called "Assimilation - Concert for people" together with music by Alvin Lucier, Michel van der Aa and Jonathan Harvey.

Graz: The Greek Passion

6. 3. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 5 March the Austrian Oper Graz premiered a new production of The Greek Passion (1954-1959), Bohuslav Martinů's opera masterpiece. One of the reasons for choosing this work particularly is without any doubt the topic of Martinů's libretto, based on the novel of the same name by the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, whose plot, depicting the arrival of the refugees from a village raided by Turks to a neighnouring one at the time of preparation of the following year's Passion Play performance, resonates extremely well with the world's present day issues.

Tokyo: Jenůfa

29. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 28 February Janáček's Jenůfa was for the first time in history staged at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Japan's foremost national centre for performing arts. The production, which was created in 2012 at Deutsche Oper Berlin by the director Christof Loy and then conducted by Donald Runnicles, enjoyed a great success two weeks ago, when it reached second place in the 'Best Opera Recording' category of the prestigious Grammy Awards.

Poznań: Jenůfa

27. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 26 February Janáček's Jenůfa was given its premiere at Teatr Wielki in Poznań, Poland, exactly ninety years after the last performance of the work there. The production was created by the famous Latvian director Alvis Hermanis two years ago at La Monnaie, Brussels, where it was conducted by Ludovic Morlot. In Poznań Gabrial Chmura took on the task. The main goal of Hermanis, who himself visited Moravia several times, was to faithfully depict the cultural richness and unique aesthetics of this region.

Umeå, Sweden: The Cunning Little Vixen

26. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

A new production of Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen received its premiere at NorrlandsOperan in Umeå in northern Sweden - a town, which was elected as the European Capital of Culture of 2014. A family version from 2008 arranged by the composer Alexander Krampe and librettist Ronny Dietrich was chosen by the opera house; it takes slightly over an hour and is suitable for children from the age of 11.

Allmendingen, Germany. Concert with music by Eduard Douša

23. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

Two works for saxophone and piano by Eduard Douša were performed at the second concert of the "Contemporary Czech Composers" concert cycle prepared by the Czech Centre Munich. The event took place on 20 February at the town hall of Allmendingen, a small historical town in Baden-Württemberg.

Jiří Teml: Puss in Boots (premiere of a new version)

22. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen staged a new production of Jiří Teml's opera Kocour v botách (Puss in Boots). This children's opera, composed in 2008/9 to a libretto by Jan Tůma and Eliška Hrubá-Toperczerová, consists of 6 scenes and received its premiere in 2009 at the Smetana's Litomyšl music festival by the Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir. This year, on 20 February on the Pilsen's theatre's Small Scene, it was produced on a theatre stage for the first time (only semi-staged versions until now). Moreover, the author composed extra ballet music for the production and rearranged the singing parts.

Dresden. Viktor Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis

21. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

Semperoper Dresden created a new production of a one-act chamber opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis), which had been composed by Viktor Ullmann between 1944-45 in the concentration camp Theresienstadt, less than 100 km away from Dresden. The premiere took place on 19 February in a less formal environment of the so-called Semper 2, a chamber hall accommodating 200 spectators, which is usually used for performing non-mainstream and experimental works.