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.

Boston Symphony Orchestra: three concerts of the music by Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů

24. 1. 2016 Autor: default_author

One of the world's greatest orchestras, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, selected an all-Czech programme for its concerts on 21, 22 and 23 January. Jiří Bělohlávek, who had been forced to withdraw from the concerts due to medical reasons, was replaced by Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

Turin: The Cunning Little Vixen

22. 1. 2016 Autor: default_author

A new production of Leoš Janáček's opera The Cunning Little Vixen received its premiere on 19 January at the Theatro Regio Turin. Eigth Czech singers in total are starring in this co-production between the Opéra National du Rhin and Opéra de Lille by the well-known Canadian opera director Robert Carsen: Lucie Silkenová (Bystrouška), Michaela Kapustová (Zlatohřbítek), Svatopluk Sem (Forester), Eliška Weissová (Forester's wife), Jakub Kettner (Harašta), Jaroslav Březina (Schoolmaster), Lenka Šmídová (Mrs. Pásková) and Ladislav Mlejnek (Priest).

Michal Nejtek: I Hear the Sky (premiere)

18. 1. 2016 Autor: default_author

PKF - Prague Philharmonia performed a world premiere of the composition I Hear the Sky by Michal Nejtek (*1977). The 13-minute long piece, which had been commissioned by the orchestra, was given its premiere on 17 January at the Dvořák's Hall of Rudolfinum followed by music of Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy and Béla Bartók. The orchestra was conducted by its Chief Conductor Emmanuel Villaume.

Wiesbaden: Katya Kabanova

18. 1. 2016 Autor: default_author

The premiere of a new production of Janáček's opera Katya Kabanova took place on January 16 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. The stage director was Matthew Wild, a South African opera director, who is currently working as Artistic Director of Cape Town Opera, and who set the story into a gloomy post-Soviet periphery. Zsolt Hamar, General Music Director of the Wiesbaden State Theatre, is the conductor. The title role of Katya is sung by the Slovenian soprano Sabina Cvilak.