the concert will finish at 10 pm
AIVA. Britten. Mussorgsky: From the Future World
The main theme of the Orchestral series (A) 2019–2020 is inspired by compositions in which composers react in various ways to works by other composers. In this context, we must also pay attention to famous orchestrations. In the third concert of this series, we shall hear Debussy’s arrangement of the quivering Gymnopédies by Erik Satie and above all, one of the historically best-known (or most famous) orchestrations: Ravel’s orchestration of the original piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition by M. P. Mussorgsky. Ravel ensured their immortality and made them into one of the most popular compositions of the 20th century. There are various ways of dealing with inspiration or even re-working of other people’s works: it can be an homage, or an attempt to present known musical procedures in a new light. The eventual innovative result may be shocking, but may also attract a completely new type of audience. All this applies to the key item on the programme, the composition From the Future World, based on a fragment of an unfinished composition by Antonín Dvořák and created by artificial intelligence AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist). The system, the first ever AI given the status of a composer, finished this composition thanks to an analysis of data from all of Dvořák’s works. Whilst Dvořák had the opportunity during his life to get to know ‘the new world’, in this composition the world of the future will pay respect to him. Emmanuel Villaume will guide you through the concert in which the brilliant young Czech singer Petr Nekoranec will be the soloist in Britten’s song cycle Les illuminations.
Petr Nekoranec — tenor
The prestigious European music website bachtrack.com wrote that: “Petr Nekoranec is the living embodiment of the term rising star. His voice and performance on stage are far in advance of his tender 26 years.” He was the first ever Czech to be accepted onto the Lindemann programme at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (2016-2018). From 2014-2016 he was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and its Opera Studio. He has been a soloist at the Stuttgart Opera since September 2018. He was the overall winner at the 2017 Francesco Viñas International Competition, where he also won the Plácido Domingo Prix. In 2015 he progressed to the semi-final of the prestigious Queen Sonja International Singing Competition in Oslo. His repertoire includes roles from the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Benjamin Britten. He was awarded the Bavarian Artistic Award for his role as Albert Herring, which he performed with the Bavarian State Opera. We can, therefore, look forward to his performance of Britten’s enchanting Illuminations based on texts by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Emmanuel Villaume — conductor
Emmanuel Villaume has been the principal conductor and music director of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since the 2015-2016 season, and is in his seventh year as musical director of Dallas Opera. The 2019-2020 season sees his return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (with Puccini’s La Bohème in both cases), a gala concert with Plácido Domingo, and the very first classical music concert at the o2 universum in Prague, a newly established congress and cultural centre in Central Europe, with an international line-up for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Together with the soprano Diana Damrau he was awarded the prestigious ECHO Klassik award in the category Opera Album of the Year, for their recording of Meyerbeer’s arias in 2017. 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. He regularly works 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: Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Bryan Hymel and Angela Gheorghiu. Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume studied music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, followed by studies at École normale supérieure at the Sorbonne in Paris where he received degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. As an author of noted articles on musicology, Emmanuel Villaume was appointed Dramaturge of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21. In the years 2001—2010 he was Music Director of Spoleto Festival. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Indianapolis University.