the concert will finish at 10 p.m.
In the December concert, under the baton of the Italian maestro Marco Armiliato, we will focus for the third time on the celebrated Ludwig van Beethoven. The rarely performed Cantata on the Death of the Emperor Joseph II was composed by the young Beethoven to commission for the commemoration of the great ruler. The exceptional performance will be, thanks to the collaboration with Nachtigall Artists, adorned by the soloists Simona Šaturová and Boris Prýgl. In comparison with the Cantata, a rarity on concert podia, the Symphony No. 7 in A Major is the exact opposite. One of Beethoven’s symphonic ‘hits’ was, however, overshadowed at the premiere by the composition Wellington’s Victory, whose grandiose and topical character excited the audience. The ‘Apotheosis of Dance’, as the optimistic Seventh is sometimes called, has over the years proved to be timeless. The third item of the programme has been chosen with respect to this season’s theme, it is the Overture to Mozart’s last but one opera La clemenza di Tito. The opera concerns not one, but two emperors: Titus Vespasian, the subject of the libretto, and Leopold II for whose coronation as King of Bohemia the piece was commissioned.
Marco Armiliato — conductor
The Italian conductor Marco Armiliato began his stellar career in 1995 with a debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (The Barber of Seville) and the Vienna State Opera (Andrea Chénier). Later on he made his name performing in concerts with Luciano Pavarotti and had his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he has conducted over 400 performances since 1998. As an operatic conductor he has appeared in practically all world opera houses including La Scala, Milano; Royal Opera House, London; Teatro Real, Madrid; Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he in 2015 conducted a new production of Gounod’s Faust. A year later he made his first appearance at the Salzburg Music Festival (Manon Lescaut), where he returned in 2017 with a concert performance of the opera Lucrezia Borgia. The 2020 season will see him conducting operas Aida, Don Pasquale, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Vienna, Tosca in Munich and La Rondine in Florence. He has made many recordings, collaborating with such artists as Joseph Calleja, Rolando Villazón, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko. In 2010 he received the prestigious Grammy Award for the album featuring Verdi’s arias sung by Renée Fleming.
Simona Šaturová — soprano
The Slovak soprano Simona Šaturová is a sought-after interpreter of Mozart’s roles and the Italian bel canto repertoire. In the past she brilliantly portrayed the roles of Constanza (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Ismene (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Madame Cortese (Il viaggio a Reims), Violetta (La traviata) and Gilda (Rigoletto). She has sung in gala concerts and in opera performances at the Semperoper Dresden; Theater an der Wien, Vienna; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Frankfurt Opera; Carnegie Hall, New York; Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna; Suntory Hall Tokyo; Herkules-Saal, Munich and at festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. She sings regularly as a guest in Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Aalto Theater in Essen and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with a number of distinguished conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Jiří Bělohlávek and Christopher Hogwood. Her discography comprises opera recordings and solo recitals featuring primarily Baroque and Mozart repertoire.
Boris Prýgl — bass-baritone
The bass-baritone Boris Prýgl is one of the most distinctive figures among the young generation of singers. Since the 2019/2020 season he has been a soloist at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where in the years 2017-2019 he was a member of the opera studio. The 2020/2021 season will see him performing at the Vienna State Opera (Faust, Turandot) and he will have his debut in the USA, namely in Michigan Opera in the new production of the opera Don Pasquale. Boris is a laureate of several singing competitions and the absolute winner of the Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary (2015), where he also received several special awards including the Prague National Theatre Opera Award and the Prague Spring International Music Festival Award. Among his successes abroad is 2nd place at the Ferruccio Tagliavini International Singing Competition in Austria, together with an award for the best interpretation of W. A. Mozart. In July 2017, he was a finalist of two of the most renowned International Singing Competitions: Belvedere and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. In September 2019, he was granted the Vienna State Opera Director’s Dominique Meyer Award at the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition. Boris Prýgl graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (Peter Mikuláš).
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Petr Fiala — choir master
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno has established itself at the very top of its field. Since its foundation in 1990 the choir has performed in all prestigious European festivals and collaborated with leading Czech and world conductors (such as Dennis Russel Davies, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Sir Simon Rattle, Petr Altrichter, Jakub Hrůša and Libor Pešek), including legendary maestros such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Sir Charles Mackerras and Kurt Masur. Apart from concerts abroad, the choir regularly performs at home (in Brno, Prague, Olomouc and Litomyšl). From the discography we can highlight above all the recordings of Bruckner’s Motets and Liszt’s oratorio Christus, for which the choir received in 2007 the prestigious Echo Klassik Award (the Ensemble of the Year and Recording of the Year). In 2008 the choir recorded Paul von Klenau’s composition Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornetts Christoph Rilke for which it was nominated for the prestigious Danish P2 Music Prize in the Symphonic Recording of the Year category. The recording of the piece by B. A. Zimmermann Requiem für einen jungen Dichter received the German Critics Prize in 2009 (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). In 2019 the choir received the Classic Prague Award for the interpretation of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass. Petr Fiala is the choir’s founder, director and choir master.