the concert will finish at 9.45 pm
Lada Ševčíková — violin
For me, bringing together Beethoven’s Seventh and our wonderful chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume is simply sheer joy!
Emmanuel Villaume: "Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was one of the first pieces of music I ever heard. To this day it still fascinates me with its vitality and energy, and I make no secret of the fact that it is my favourite Beethoven symphony. If we are going to continue on our Viennese pilgrimage, then we will also find a place for Richard Strauss in this concert. His Four Last Songs would seem to be the testament of an entire great generation of composers. They are the message of hope from an eighty-year-old man who had experienced the entire collapse of human civilization, both politically and culturally, but who nevertheless still believed in beauty and had faith in a better future. I am so pleased that Ailyn Pérez accepted our invitation to this season. Every time we work together she never fails to impress me with her talent, temperament and ability to give her all to the audience, body and soul.."
‘A beautiful woman who commands the stage’, was how The New York Times described American soprano Ailyn Perez. She is a recipient of the ‘Richard Tucker Award’ and the ‘Plácido Domingo Award’, and during her career has appeared in the leading opera houses such as Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where audiences were immediately captivated by her performance as Violetta Valery (La traviata). Across the Atlantic, Ailyn Pérez has worked with the San Francisco Opera, the Washington National Opera and the Houston Grand Opera. She has shined on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Mimi (La bohème) and Thaïs. In the 2018—2019 season she will be playing the roles of Elvira in Verdi’s Ernani (Teatro alla Scala), and Mimi (La bohème) and Alice Ford (Falstaff) at the MET. She will be performing Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Houston Grand Opera. In addition, Ailyn Pérez is also an outstanding concert singer who has worked with, for example, the Orchestre Metropolitain (Montreal) and Sir Antonio Pappano’s famous Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Emmanuel Villaume has been Chief Conductor and Music Director of PKF — Prague Philharmonia since the 2015—2016 season and is in his sixth year as Music Director of the Dallas Opera. In the autumn of 2017 he, together with the soprano Diana Damrau, received the prestigious German award ‘ECHO Klassik’ in the category ‘Opera Album of the year’ for the recording of Meyerbeer’s arias. In December 2017 he conducted the much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca, broadcast as part of the MET: Live in HD to more than 2000 cinemas in 73 countries. In 2018—2019 he is returning to the Metropolitan Opera to conduct Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, to Deutsche Oper Berlin (Massenet: Don Quichotte) and at the Opera Dallas he will be working on three productions: Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Emmanuel Villaume collaborates regularly with prestigious opera houses around the world: the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London; Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Opera New York, Lyric Opera in Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has led productions in Washington National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Bavarian State Opera and Teatro La Fenice. Maestro Villaume has conducted leading world orchestras: Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Philharmonic in London; Chicago, San Francisco and Boston Symphonic Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He is a sought-after partner of leading opera stars of the day: Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Bryan Hymel and Angela Gheorghiu. In August 2018 the publishers Warner Classics released a recording with Emmanuel Villaume conducting the PKF — Prague Philharmonia with compositions by Ravel, Debussy and Bizet.