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closing concert
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8.00 pm
World-class Orchestras Dvořák Collection IV

Programme

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

Prague Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir is one of Europe’s most important choral ensembles. Founded in 1934 by the legendary choral conductor Jan Kühn, the choir’s original focus of activity as a radio ensemble soon expanded with regular concerts, while its recording activity showcased the choir’s excellence and diversity, earning it wide respect. The choir’s international renown is documented by its collaborations with many of the world’s top conductors (Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Sir Simon Rattle) and orchestras (Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic). The choir is a regular guest at prestigious music festivals abroad, and it has taken part in opera productions (La Scala, Bregenzer Festspiele). The choir also supports young talent: since 2012 it has been operating an Academy of Choral Singing with a two-year course of study for secondary-school and university students.

Prague Philharmonic Choir

Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and musicology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. From 1998 he was the choirmaster of the Foerster Female Chamber Choir, with which he won a number of awards at prestigious international competitions. From 2005 to 2007 he was the second choirmaster of the opera chorus at Prague’s National Theatre, where he directed rehearsals for several opera productions. Since 2007 he has been the chief choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir. His highly acclaimed work with that choir includes rehearsing and conducting a broad repertoire from various stylistic periods as well as making several recordings, including an exceptionally successful CD of cantatas by Bohuslav Martinů. Vasilek also works as an orchestral conductor and is the founder of the Martinů Voices chamber choir, where he focuses mainly on interpreting music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He actively works to popularise choral music, having served as moderator in 2012 and 2016 for two programmes on Czech Radio on the art of choral singing.

Lukáš Vasilek - choirmaster

Tomáš Netopil

Tomáš Netopil is one of the most internationally successful Czech conductors. After studying violin at the P.J. Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kroměříž and orchestral and choral conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he pursued further studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His victory at the Sir Georg Solti International Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt am Main in 2002 launched his career’s meteoric rise. From 2009 to 2012 he was the musical director of the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague, and since 2013 he has held the position of music director of the Aalto Theatre and Philharmonie Essen, in Germany. He collaborates with many renowned orchestras, including the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre Santa Cecilia Roma, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; he guest conducts at the famed Semperoper in Dresden, and he has appeared repeatedly at the Salzburg Festival. He successfully introduced himself at the Vienna State Opera with Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Dvořák’s Rusalka, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and a new production of the first version of Beethoven’s Leonora. During the 2019/20 concert season, he guest conducted in Paris at the invitation of the Orchestre National de France, where he returned last season as well as to the Wiener Symphoniker. Also last season he debuted at the Grand Théâtre de Gèneve and in concerts with the Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra.

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.

Simona Šaturová - soprano

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.

Adam Plachetka - baritone

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.

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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