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The Breathtaking Collective/
Visions and Dreams


  • Nicolò Corradini: Spargite flores
  • Sigismondo d’India: Dilectus meus
  • Calliope Tsoupaki: Mélena imí (Nigra sum) (2015)
  • Dario Castello: Sonata seconda
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Nigra sum
  • Ivan Moody: O Archangels and Angels (2019)
  • Calliope Tsoupaki: Thin Air (2020)
  • Giuseppe Scarani: Sonata a 3 sopra Lucis creator optime
  • Julian Wachner: The Vision of the Archangels


  • The Breathtaking Collective
  • Hana Blažíková - soprano
  • Bruce Dickey - cornetto
  • Veronika Skuplik - violin
  • Kris Verhelst - organ
  • Anna Lachegyi - viola da gamba


500 CZK
14 5 2022
Saturday 16.00
Expected end of the event 17.40

Hana Blažíková

The magic of a curved shape

The sound of the cornetto with the human voice is unfamiliar to many people. According to Hana Blažíková and Bruce Dickey, the combination is literally breathtaking. The Breathtaking Collective is an ensemble of musicians who strive for one thing—to show audiences how rich a musical and sonic experience the human voice can create in combination with this unique wind instrument. Bruce Dickey decided to devote his life to this peculiarly curved instrument that has its origins in the Middle Ages and flourished most widely in the 16th and 17th centuries. The cornetto attracts attention not only because of its unmistakable shape, but also because it straddles the boundary between woodwind and brass instruments. It is made of wood, but is played with a mouthpiece like a trumpet. During the 19th century, the cornetto vanished from the musical scene, and after a temporary exile, it experienced a renaissance in the middle of the last century. That renaissance at the end of the 1970s was thanks to Dickey. This prophet of an unusual instrument shared his passion with students at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he taught for over 40 years. During his long career, Dickey has collaborated with many important representatives of historically informed interpretation, including Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Jordi Savall, and many others.

Deep in the world of early music

In 2014 soprano Hana Blažíková made her mark as a noteworthy artist and an extraordinary figure in the field of early music. Blažíková was born in Prague, and from her childhood she sang in the choir. She was not in a hurry to sing as a soloist. “I think one should spend one’s youth singing in a choir,” said the singer, “and wait for vocal maturity before devoting oneself to a solo career.” Blažíková studied singing and musicology, and she took part regularly at music courses. Through a combination of activities, she has been able to immerse herself deeply into the world of early music and of historically informed interpretation. In 2010 and 2013 she took part in the acclaimed tour with performances of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion organised by the famed conductor Philippe Herreweghe. The great Belgian artist admires Blažíková’s singing and has invited her repeatedly for collaborations.

She has collaborations to her credit with a large number of important ensembles that devote themselves to the interpretation of music of the Baroque, Renaissance, and Middle Ages. In 2017 she was one of the soloists for John Eliot Gardiner’s project Monteverdi 450, in which she appeared all around the world in operas by Claudio Monteverdi. Blažíková also plays the Gothic harp. “Starting to take harp lessons was one of the best ideas I ever had in my life,” she says. Blažíková has always found the human voice and harp to make a beautiful sonic combination.


Visions and Dreams

Visions and Dreams – that is the name of a Prague Spring project that will present three concerts in a single day with the best Czech and foreign musicians specialising in the historically informed interpretation of early music.

In the project Visions and Dreams, the audience, the ensemble Breathtaking Collective, Blažíková, and Dickey will jointly discover the beauty of other sonic combinations. Her voice will intertwine with the sound of the cornetto, violin (Veronika Skuplik), viola da gamba (Mieneke van der Velden), and harpsichord (Kris Verhelst).


Programme Notes

The programme consists of works the ensemble has already issued on its two albums and concentrates on old repertoire and on new music written on commission for them.