Czech Debut of Angela Brower
The American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower launched her career at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Programme in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she later became a member of the Ensemble from 2010–2016. Her portrayal of Dorabella in Così fan tutte, earned herparticular recognition and the prestigious Munich Opera Festival Prize in 2009. In the same role she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London with Semyon Bychkov conducting. She is often cast in the so called trouser roles in Richard Strauss’ operas: as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (collaboration with Kirill Petrenko), The Composer in Ariadna auf Naxos (debutat the Glyndebourne Festival and at Aix-en-Provence Festival), and Prince Orlowsky in Die Fledermaus in a new productionby Rolando Villazón at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. During hercareer she has also encountered Czech music when she sang in the concert performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra in Munich.
“I know Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs very well and I really like them. And the first two songs at the start are American: Black is the Color and I Wonder as I Wander. They were originally written by the folk singer and composer from Kentucky John Jacob Niles. But I am glad that I can perform Berio in other countries: in France, Sicily and Sardinia, Azerbaijan… Together with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia we will perform this beautiful music that I really love. But I have to say that I feel very honoured by this invitation to perform in Prague with this wonderful orchestra. I really take it as a compliment.” (Angela Brower, mezzosoprano)
Luciano Berio: Folk Songs for voice and orchestra
A World Premiere of YIN – Nostalgy and Hope for vibraphone and orchestra by Ondřej Štochl
"The composition reflects several concrete, in my life irreplaceable, people. They are those, who can and want to look into such corners in people’s souls that for many remain concealed. They tend to be inconspicuous, but extremely receptive. They know how to kindly receive and encourage, and have strength and are willing to do so. I call them the ‘Angels YIN’. Angels of understanding, receiving, resonance, sharing…" (Ondřej Štochl)
MARTIN OPRŠÁL— vibraphone
Martin Opršál is one of the most outstanding Czech percussionists of the post-November era. In the years 1990–1997 he was a member of the percussion ensemble DAMA DAMA. He gave concerts all over Europe, in Japan and South Korea. He has collaborated with the Pavel Haas Quartet, Iva Bittová, Milan Paľa, and others. These days he is engaged in projects in the OK Percussion Duo, an ensemble with a focus on interpreting contemporary music for percussion. Among his other activities are: playing jazz influenced music and minimalist music with the quintet SWOMP and engagements with the sextet Dust in the Groove.
Venezuelan musical jewel, Ilyich Rivas
Despite his young age (born in 1993), the Venezuelan-American conductor Ilyich Rivas has achieved international recognition. He was only sixteen years old when he made his debut withthe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other debuts followed, including with the London Philharmonic; Swedish, Frankfurt and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras; Royal Philharmonic in Stockholm; NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. In 2011at the invitation of the phenomenal American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Rivas conducted the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. In the 2012–2013 season he was Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic, making his debut with them at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2014. He is a recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Prize and Prix Julius Baer.