Programme

Antonín Dvořák: King and Collier, B 21 and B 42 (selections from the first and second musical settings)Antonín Dvořák: Tui nati vulnerati, for mixed choir from Stabat Mater, Op. 58, B 71Antonín Dvořák: The Spectre’s Bride, Op. 69, B 135 (selections)Antonín Dvořák: Hymn of the Czech Peasants, Op. 28, B 143Antonín Dvořák: Sanctus from the Mass in D Major (“Lužany”), Op. 86, B 153Antonín Dvořák: The Maiden and the Grass, from the cycle Four Songs on Serbian Folk Poems, Op. 6, B 29Antonín Dvořák: “Clouds and darkness are round about him”, from the cycle Biblical Songs, Op. 99, B 185Antonín Dvořák: Songs My Mother Taught Me, from the cycle Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, B 104Josef Bohuslav Foerster: The PloughmanNorbert Kubát: “O heart, in what hast thou sinned”Hynek Palla: My LoveAntonín Dvořák: final scene from the opera The Devil and Kate, Op. 112, B 201

This year, the traditional festival prelude On the Trail of Antonín Dvořák is taking us to Pilsen, a major city of western Bohemia. Although Pilsen is not frequently associated with the composer’s name, during his lifetime it represented one of the most active bastions of the Dvořák cult in the Czech lands. The composer visited Pilsen repeatedly, and he maintained long-term friendly contacts with the musical circles there. He often conducted his major choral works in Pilsen, including the world premiere of his cantata The Spectre’s Bride in March 1885. Besides the hall where that important event took place, we will also be visiting other authentic sites where the composer went during his stays in the city, and all of this will be accompanied by expert commentary from the festival musicologist, Dr. David Beveridge. Naturally, there will also be plenty of Dvořák’s music. The concert’s unusually varied programme has been “made to order” for this event: every work performed will represent the composer’s ties to Pilsen on one way or another. Dvořák himself conducted some of these works there, while others were sung by his daughter Magda, a highly regarded alto. Local musicians also gave performances in Dvořák’s honour, and one of the composer’s librettists came from Pilsen. We hope that these performances in a city the composer liked to visit will make the story of “Dvořák and Pilsen” feel more concrete and will, at least for a moment, help us take an imaginary look back to a time when it was possible to meet Antonín Dvořák when walking through the streets of Pilsen.

  • Doors close: 16.25
  • End of concert: 18.30

Artists

Tereza Hořejšová

The soprano Tereza Hořejšová began singing at the age of seven. She is a graduate of the Pardubice Conservatoire and of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and she has taken part at a number of master classes led by important performers. The Erasmus programme enabled her to study at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire in Milan under Silvana Manga, and she is currently a private student of Professor Vladimír Chmelo. She is a laureate of several international competitions, including the prestigious A. Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, where in 2013 she won the Jarmila Novotná prize for the youngest Czech singer. Two years later, she won first prize in the Junior category along with five other prizes, and the very next year she won first prize in the Lieder category and other special prizes. On the operatic stage, she has sung roles including Cherubino in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, the First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco. For the Children’s Opera project in Prague, she has also song the title role in Dvořák’s Rusalka on the stage of the Estates Theatre. She has a busy schedule of concert engagements as well.

Richard Samek

Tenor Richard Samek was born in Třebíč and is a graduate of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. In 2006 he made his debut on the stage of the National Theatre in Brno. At present, he is a regular guest with the opera of the National Theatre in Prague, where he appears in roles including Rodolfo (La Bohème), Ismael (Nabucco), Cassio (Otello), and the Prince (Rusalka). He appears as a guest at the Grand Théâtre de Reims, the Opéra Théâtre de Limoges, the Opéra de Rennes, and the Staatsoperette Dresden, where has had a full-time engagement since 2014/2015. Since 2014, he has also been singing at the Theater Magdeburg, as well as at the Staatsoper Hannover since the 2015/16 season. In 2015 he took part in realising a live recording of Smetana’s opera Dalibor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. He collaborates with important conductors, chamber orchestras, and symphony orchestras including the Orchestra Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Samek - tenor

Prague Chamber Choir

The Prague Chamber Choir was founded in 1991 by members of the Prague Philharmonic Choir with the intention of focusing intensively on vocal chamber music. Within just a few years, the ensemble had earned considerable worldwide renown, and it is now giving concerts regularly in many European countries and overseas. Its greatest successes have included a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor at the prestigious Salzburg Festival, a concert appearance before Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, and participation in a production of Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson and Delilah on the stage of the Hamburg Opera with Plácido Domingo. The choir has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras (including the Israel Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich) and conductors (Manfred Honeck, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta et al.). The choir has made more than a hundred CD and DVD recordings for Czech and foreign labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, and Supraphon.

Lenka Navrátilová

Lenka Navrátilová studied piano and harpsichord at the Teplice Conservatoire and choral conducting of sacred music at the Faculty of Pedagogy of Charles University in Prague. Since 2015 she has been the choirmaster of the Kühn Choir of Prague, and she is a professor of operatic vocal coaching and accompanying at the Prague Conservatoire and the piano accompanist of the Prague Philharmonic Choir. She has engaged in long-term cooperation with the opera ensemble of the National Theatre in Prague, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Centre in Karlovy Vary. In the course of her career, she has had the opportunity of collaborating with such world-famous conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir George Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Christopher Hogwood, Fabio Luisi, and Jiří Bělohlávek. She has also taken part in the musical preparations of non-operatic theatrical productions including A Walk Worthwhile at the National Theatre in Prague.

Roman Hoza

Baritone Roman Hoza is one of the most successful Czech performers of the younger generation. A graduate of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, he completed a yearlong study visit at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He has been a member of the opera studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. He is a laureate of competitions including the A. Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary and the International Chamber Music and Sacred Music Competition. As a guest artist, he has introduced himself to the opera public in Vienna, Lyon, Salzburg, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Cologne, Kaiserslautern, Prague, Ostrava, and other cities. The foundation of his repertoire consists of roles in the operas of W. A. Mozart (Don Giovanni, Leporello, Figaro, Guglielmo, Papageno) and Gioacchino Rossini (Dandini, Rimbaud, Bartolo, Signor Mill). He appears regularly with the leading Czech ensembles specialising in the informed interpretation of early music (incl. Handel’s Messiah with the Czech Ensemble Baroque). Since the 2016/17 season he has been a soloist with the Janáček Opera at the National Theatre in Brno.

Roman Hoza - baritone

Ahmad Hedar

The pianist Ahmad Hedar, who turns twenty-nine this year, was born in the Czech Republic to Syrian parents. He is a long-time resident of Prague, where he completed his secondary school and university studies, graduating from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied under the outstanding pianist Martin Kasík. Hedar is a versatile musician, performing as a soloist and in chamber music, and also accompanying vocal recitals and serving as a répétiteur. He also devotes himself to singing both opera and pop music. With students from the Academy of Performing Arts, he has participated in the project Run OpeRun, which attempts to present traditional opera in the context of today’s multimedia experiences. As a pianist, he has taken part with this ensemble in non-traditional musical theatre projects including last year’s performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka on the grounds of the Valeč Castle near Karlovy Vary. He has also worked with several operatic singers, such as Gabriela Beňačková, Vladimír Chmelo, Magdaléna Hajóssyová, Petr Nekoranec or Boris Prýgl. 

Dům hudby Pilsen, Dvořák Hall