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DVOŘÁK: TE DEUM, Šaturová, Plachetka, Vienna Symphony Orchestra

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Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81Antonín Dvořák: Te Deum, Op. 103, B. 176Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60, B. 112

With the festive Te Deum the tenth anniversary year of the Dvořák Prague Festival will come to an end, in a culmination delivered by the brilliant Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the baton of one of the most successful Czech conductors, Tomáš Netopil. Solo parts sung by major stars Simona Šaturová and Adam Plachetka guarantee that the close of the festival will rank among the highlights of the musical autumn.

  • Dress code: black tie
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00
 

Artists

Simona Šaturová

Slovak soprano Simona Šaturová is a native of Bratislava, where she graduated from the conservatoire. She further enhanced her vocal training in master classes with Ileana Cotrubas in Vienna and Margreet Honig in Amsterdam. Thanks to her outstanding technique, stylistic refinement, and cultivated expression she ranks among the most sought-after soloists of her voice type. Though her repertoire is quite broad, her specialty remains music of the eighteenth century. She appears in some of the foremost opera houses including the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen, the Frankfurt Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and works with topflight soloists and conductors like Thomas Quasthoff, Manfred Honeck, Helmuth Rilling, and Philippe Herreweghe. She holds many awards, including a Thalia Prize for best operatic performance, the Charlotte and Walter Hamel Foundation Prize, and ‘Editor’s Choice 2009’ awarded by the prestigious magazine Gramophone.

 

Adam Plachetka

Bass-baritone Adam Plachetka is presently one of the most successful Czech performers on the international musical scene. Afters studies at the Prague Conservatoire and Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts he launched his career with the National Theatre in Prague and the Prague State Opera. When only twenty-two he sang in the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Valery Gergiev, then two years later he debuted in the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Since the 2010-11 season he has been a regular soloist with the Vienna State Opera, where he first attracted major attention as a substitute in the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He performs in other prestigious opera houses as well, including L’Opéra de Nice, London’s Covent Garden, and Milan’s La Scala. In 2015 he debuted in New York’s Metropolitan Opera. He also sings concert repertoire and has recorded several solo albums. He appears in important musical centres of the world such as London’s Wigmore Hall and the Glyndebourne Festival, and works with renowned conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, and Daniel Harding.

 

Prague Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir, which celebrated its eightieth anniversary last year, is one of the most important choral ensembles in Europe. It was founded by the legendary Czech choirmaster Jan Kühn, originally for the broadcasting needs of Czechoslovak Radio though the range of its activities soon expanded to include regular concerts and recordings––the extraordinary quality and broad scope of which won universal respect. The ensemble's international prestige is demonstrated by its collaboration with many topflight conductors of the world including Erich Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, and Simon Rattle, and orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. The choir is a regular guest at prestigious music festivals of the world and also shares in opera productions, for instance at Milan's La Scala. For many years the ensemble has worked closely with the Czech Philharmonic.

 

Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek graduated in conducting from the Academy of Performing Arts and in musicology from the Charles University Faculty of Arts, both in Prague. In 1998 he became choirmaster of the Foerster Chamber Singing Association, with which he won many honours in prestigious international competitions. From 2005 to 2007 he served as second choirmaster of the National Theatre Opera in Prague where he prepared several operas including The Kiss, Don Pasquale, and La clemenza di Tito. Since 2007 he has been principal choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir; his highly-acclaimed work with this ensemble includes rehearsing and conducting a broad repertoire from various style periods as well as making many recordings. He also works as an orchestral conductor, and is the founder of a chamber choir called Martinů Voices with which he performs mainly music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

 

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

The Vienna Symphony Orchestra has long ranked among the most famous orchestras in the world. Founded in 1900 as the Vienna Concert Society, it has been playing under its present title since 1933. Already during its first years the orchestra gave a series of important world premieres including the Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner, Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, and Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand. Over the course of its existence it has been led by many world-renowned conductors, among others Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, George Szell, Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Carlo Maria Giulini. Each season it gives about 150 performances; since 2006, when opera productions of the staggione type were renewed in the Theater an der Wien, this number has included performances in operas there. The orchestra also regularly embarks on concert tours abroad. It has an extensive discography, including recordings of music by Dvořák and Smetana under the baton of Karel Ančerl.

 

Tomáš Netopil

Tomáš Netopil ranks among the most successful Czech conductors on the international musical scene. After graduating in violin from the P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatoire in Kroměříž then in conducting and choral directing from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, he continued his education at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. A great leap in his career was victory in the Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt am Main in 2002. From 2009 to 2012 he was chief conductor of the National Theatre Opera in Prague, and since 2013 he has held the post of Music Director of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of Essen, Germany. He works with numerous renowned orchestras such as the Staatskapelle of Dresden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has appeared as a guest in the famous Semper Opera in Dresden, and has conducted repeatedly in the Salzburg Festival. During the past two seasons he has scored triumphs in the Vienna State Opera with Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

 

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.

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