- The best seats in the hall, VIP cloakroom, priority entry to O2 universum
- Exclusive meeting with artists after the concert and autograph signing
- Welcome drink and refreshments
- Offer of a tour around O2 universum before the concert
- A gift CD
- Free concert programme
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.
Joyce El-Khoury — soprano
Critics often compare her to the great Maria Callas due to the beauty of her pianissimo. She has performed on the most prestigious European and American opera stages – the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Bavarian State Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Opera in Seattle, the Welsh National Opera, at the famous Glyndebourne Festival, etc. She enjoys discovering new repertoire. For example, her discography includes three seldomly performed operas by Gaetano Donizetti – Les Martyrs, Belisario and L’ange de Nisida, and a recording of Liszt’s opera Sardanapalo, which the London Times awarded five stars. Her debut album “Écho” was nominated for the International Opera Award 2019 and the Juno Award 2019, and was the Sunday Times newspaper’s “Album of the Week”. Her Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was nominated amongst the top 11 performances of 2018 by the Operawire website. Joyce El-Khoury was born in Lebanon but grew up in Canada. She is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in New York and the winner of several renowned international competitions, including the Loren L. Zachary Competition and the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition.
Stéphanie d’Oustrac — mezzo-soprano
The start of her singing career is mainly connected with Baroque music and the prominent French conductor, the founder of the famous Les Arts Florissants ensemble, William Christie. That era took her to the famous opera festival at Glyndebourne, the Théâtre du Châtelet a Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Barbican Centre in London, and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. The great-great-niece of the French composer Francis Poulenc, she is also one of the most sought-after singers of the Mozart and French repertoire, performing, for example, Carmen in David McVicar’s famous production at the Glyndebourne Festival. She has worked with many leading directors, who in addition to the above-mentioned David McVicar include Robert Carsen, Romeo Castellucci, Willy Decker, Jérôme Deschamps and Calixto Bieito, and conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, and Tomáš Netopil. As a soloist she has performed with celebrated orchestras – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre de Paris, Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam and the Royal Philharmonic in London, with whom she performed Falla´s El amor brujo at the BBC Proms. Her forthcoming engagements include performances at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Opernhaus Zürich, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Salzburg Festival, the festival in Aix-en-Provence and a return to the Glyndebourne Festival in Great Britain.
Simon O´Neill — tenor
He has been labelled the “Wagnerian tenor of his generation”. His singing has taken him to practically all of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls across the world – the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienne and Bavarian state operas, to the Sydney Opera House and San Francisco Opera, New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, to festivals in Salzburg, Bayreuth, Ravinia, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms. He has worked with Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano and many other world-famous conductors. He has performed as a concert singer with the Berlin and New York philharmonics, the London, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Alongside his many awards such as the Grammy Award for his “Father and Son, Wagner Scenes and Arias” album for EMI, he was also depicted on the one-dollar postage stamp in his homeland of New Zealand in 1998.
Dmitry Belosselskiy — bass
They say that he conquered the opera world with the speed of a whirlwind. Over the ten years since his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2007 he has debuted at practically all of the world’s opera houses – the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian and Vienna state operas, the Paris National Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. His recent performances include a new production of Aida at the Salzburg Festival conducted by Riccardo Muti, the role of Philippe II in Don Carlos at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta, and the bass voice in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Orchestre national de France and Christoph Eschenbach. In addition to these giants of the conducting world he has also worked with Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Spivakov and James Levine. This season he has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Berlin Konzerthaus for Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony “Babi Jar” and to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he sang the bass part of Verdi’s Requiem in Chicago and Tokyo under the baton of Ricardo Muti. In addition to his career as an opera singer, Dmitry Belosselskiy also works with the Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir, where he performs as a soloist.
Prague Philharmonic Choir
The Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC) is a leading European vocal ensemble which focuses mainly on the oratorio and cantata repertoire. Since its foundation in 1935 it has been headed by some of the most famous Czech choirmasters (including Jan Kühn, Josef Veselka and Pavel Kühn). Lukáš Vasilek has been the principal choirmaster since 2007. The PPC regularly works with the world’s top orchestras (the Berlin and Israel philharmonics, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Vienna Symphony) and conductors (Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle). Since 2010 the PPC has been the residential choir at the Bergenz Opera Festival in Austria. It records for Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Supraphon. It has been awarded numerous prizes for its recordings – Diapason d´or de l´année, Editor´s Choice of Gramophone magazine and the BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice.