A1 Saint-Saëns. Ravel. Massenet. Mozart

Orchestral series A


Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
Jan Palach Square 79/1, Prague


CZK 1 300 | 900 | 700 | 500 (SL/E*) | CZK 200 (ST*)
*SL/E partial view and organ gallery above the stage
*ST standing




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Abduction from the Seraglio, overture, K. 384
Jules Massenet
Dis-moi que je suis belle, aria from the opera Thaïs
Camille Saint-Saëns
Bacchanal from the opera Samson and Delilah
Maurice Ravel
Shéhérezade, song cycle
Maurice Ravel
Menuet Antique
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Opening concert of the 29th season

Ailyn Pérez (© Chris Singer)

We open our 29th concert season with music by three French composers, bookended by famous works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We will discover a number of connections between the compositions from the first evening of the orchestral series. One of these is a fondness for exotic subjects: the works we will hear are linked to Egypt, Turkey and even the Far East. A substantial part of the programme will also be dedicated to opera, where we will hear numbers from three operas by composers who each found their own way to this genre. 

First off will be Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, specifically the sparkling, energetic overture to this comic opera. Massenet’s Thaïs represents a completely different form of lyrical opera and still remains one of the most popular of the composer’s thirty works in this genre. The opera section of the programme also features the Bacchanal from the opera Samson and Delilah, whose composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, was following the trends in spectacular French grand opera. 

We will then stay with vocal-instrumental music with the song cycle Shéhérezade by the French impressionist Maurice Ravel. The composer was very taken by this subject, inspiring him to write two compositions about it. The song cycle is full of references to music from Arabian countries, India, and even China.

We will be guided through this colourful work by the star soprano Ailyn Pérez, a regular guest at the most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
General partner
Komerční banka
Principal partner
General media partner
Česká televize
Principal media partner
Hospodářské noviny
Centrální depozitář cenných papírů
Mozart Prague