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.

Berlin: The Makropulos Affair

21. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 19 February a new production of Leoš Janáček's opera The Makropulos Affair received its premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Its authors are the director David Hermann and the scenographer Christof Hetzer, who had already created the productions of Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (The Little Match Girl) by Helmut Lachenman and Oresteia by Iannis Xenakis for this biggest of the city's three opera houses together. The orchestra was conducted by the Deutsche Oper Berlin's musical director, a Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles.

Innsbruck: The Makropulos Affair

14. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

On 13th February the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck premiered a new production of Janáček's The Makropulos Affair. It was also the very first performance of the work on the stage of this Austrian opera house in history. The members of the creative team, who already worked together on the successful production of Eugen d'Albert's Tiefland (1903) two years ago, are director Kurt Josef Schildknecht, the Italian conductor Francesco Angelico and singer Susanna von der Burg, starring in the leading role of Emilie Marty.

Ondřej Kyas: Chamber Symphony no. 2 for oboe, piano, percussion and strings (world premiere)

13. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

Ondřej Kyas's (*1979) Chamber Symphony no. 2 for oboe, piano, percussion and strings received its world premiere on this year's first concert of the Brno-based Ensemble Opera Diversa, which took place on 10th February at the Reduta theatre in Brno. A part of the ceremony was the presentation of the ensemble's very first CD which consists of Jan Novák's oboe and piano concertos. The author, who is one of the ensemble's founding members, wrote the piece especially for this occasion; it was performed by the two soloists who appeared on the CD - the oboist Vilém Veverka and pianist Alice Rajnohová.

Altenburg: Jenůfa

9. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

Leoš Janáček's Jenůfa received its premiere on 7th February at the German opera house Landestheater Altenburg. The production was premiered and given three reprises with a great success last year at the partner theater Bühnen der Stadt Gera. These two artistic houses merged together in 1995 and nowadays exist under the joint name Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen; its General Director Kay Kuntze is the production director of Jenůfa, while the Musical Director Laurent Wagner is the conductor.

Zdenek Merta: Century Dance (world premiere)

8. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

During a concert called "Jazz Inspirations", which took place on 4th February at Reduta concert hall in Olomouc, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra gave world premiere of Zdenek Merta's Century Dance. The trumpet concerto, which the author describes as a classic crossover piece, is in fact a symphonic transcription of five distinctive dances of the 20th century. The movements are named Tango, Blues, Take Five, Valse and Boogie.

Vladimír Franz: Prague Divertimento (world premiere)

6. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

The Prague Chamber Orchestra gave the world premiere of Pražské divertimento (Prague Divertimento) by the composer and visual artist Vladimír Franz. Apart from this four-movement piece, the program of the concert, which took place on 2nd February at the Rudolfinum's DvořákHall, included music by J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart and P. I. Tchaikovsky.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra: premieres of the pieces by Martin Kumžák, Petr Wajsar and Jan Kučera

2. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

Three new pieces by three Czech composers received their world premiere on this year's first concert of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra's "New Horizons" subscription series. During the performance of the works by Martin Kumžák, Petr Wajsar and Jan Kučera, which are all written for a string quartet and orchestra, was the Radio orchestra accompanied by the Prague-based crossover string ensemble Epoque Quartet. Apart from that, a part of the program, whose aim was to try to break the boundaries between classical and popular music, was the performance of a well-known Czech singer Dan Bárta.

South Pole. The world premiere of Miroslav Srnka's opera at the Bavarian State Opera

2. 2. 2016 Autor: default_author

On Sunday 31st January the long-awaited world premiere of the opera South Pole by the Czech composer Miroslav Srnka took place at the Bavarian State Opera. The event, referred to as being one of the peaks of this year's Munich opera season, also represents a crucial moment in the context of Czech contemporary music's history, the last Czech composer having been comissioned for a new opera by any of the world's greatest opera houses being Bohuslav Martinů with his Greek Passion 55 years ago.

Cardiff: Pavel Haas Study Day

31. 1. 2016 Autor: default_author

Pavel Haas Study Day, the first international conference focusing specifically on the life and work of the Czech composer Pavel Haas, was held on 30 January at the Cardiff University. Its purpose was to stimulate critical discussion about Haas's work, which, owing to rather inauspicious politial development, was until 1990s pushed to the verge of oblivion.