the concert will finish at 9.30 pm
Jaroslava Tajanovská — oboe
Dear listeners, come along, listen… and together let’s enjoy an evening filled with beautiful music. We look forward to seeing you!
We started the season with French music and we will end the season with French music. In the finale we will also end up in the key of D minor which quietly runs through the whole season, linked forever to the question of faith and deliberations over life after life. Fauré’s Requiem, which will be performed at the closing concert, is different from most requiem masses. Thanks to its unique harmony, the composer takes us into the mysteries of creation, and instead of ruminating over death, it inspires us in our lives. A beautiful, optimistic end to the season, leaving me only to say — we look forward to seeing you at the PKF concerts! Yours, Emmanuel Villaume.
A recipient of ‘Classic Prague Award 2018’, Kateřina Kněžíková is one of the most significant figures in the contemporary Czech opera scene. She studied at the Prague Conservatory (2007) and the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (2010). She has won numerous competitions (e.g. the Antonin Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary). She has guested at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, the Theatre de Caen, Royal Opera of Versailles and Opera de Dijon. She has been a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague since 2006. Her repertoire includes Mozart and bel-canto roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Adina (L’elisir d'amore), Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), Marguerite (Faust) and many others. She has worked with leading Czech and international musical groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Czech Philharmonic. She has made recordings for Czech Radio, the MEZZO television channel and the RTFB International radio station in Belgium.
The leading Czech baritone, Adam Plachetka, began his stellar career at the National Theatre in Prague, where he made his debut in 2005. He has been a permanent member of the Vienna State Opera since 2010, where he has played Schaunard (La bohème), Don Giovanni, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Alidor (Cinderella) and many others. He is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera (Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Cosi faì tutte) and at the famous Salzburg Festival (Benvenuto Cellini, Rusalka, Don Giovanni), he has sung with the Bavarian State Opera (La Calisto), at London’s Covent Garden (Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore) and Italy’s Teatro alla Scala (Così fan tutte). He has appeared as a concert singer on prestigious international stages such as the Musikverein in Vienna, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the French, Bavarian, Austrian and Czech radio orchestras under the baton of the foremost conductors (Daniel Barenboim, Ricardo Mutti, Mariss Jansons).
The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno has been for almost three decades at the forefront of leading world mixed choirs, as documented by its exceptionally abundant collaboration with leading world orchestras and conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mark Janowski, Kurt Masur, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Michael Tilson Thomas. The choir has an unbelievably vast discography. In 2007 it was the recipient of two prestigious European awards — the ‘ECHO Klassik’ in the category ‘Ensemble of the Year 2007’ (for Bruckner’s Motets) and the ‘Recording of the Year 2007’ for Liszt’s oratorio Christus. In 2008 the recording of Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke by the composer Paul von Klenau was nominated for a prestigious Danish award — the ‘Danish P2 Music Prize’ in the category ‘Symphonic Recording of the Year’. In 2009 the choir received the German Critics Prize ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. There are awards coming from other continents as well — the Japanese music-critic journal Geijutsu Disc Review 2011 awarded the choir the highly regarded ‘Tokusen prize’ for a live recording of Dvořák’s Requiem. The founder and artistic director of The Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno is Petr Fiala.
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.