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Opera Stars

Bringing a concert performance of Bartok’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle to Prague will be two German singers who are in great demand – the mezzo-soprano Petra Lang and the baritone Matthias Goerne. This work of great depth and power, which seldom appears in the repertory of opera houses, will be preceded by Bohuslav Martinů’s Symphony No. 4, composed in the USA in 1945. Leading the Czech Philharmonic in both works will be the American Grammy-winning conductor David Robertson.

1 June - Municipal House

A Message of Peace

The reputation of the Ostrava-based Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra with its German chief conductor Heiko Mathias Förster grows each season, and it will be convincing Prague Spring audiences of its extraordinary sensitivity to Czech 20-century music at its concert on Saturday, 2 June 2018 at the Municipal House. Performing Bohuslava Martinů’s symphonic triptych Estampes, Klement Slavický’s Sinfonietta with its message of peace and its dedication to the UN, and Josef Suk’s lyrical Symphony in E Major will be superb artists: the soprano Lucie Silkenová, the leading pianist Martin Kasík, and the charismatic narrator Norbert Lichý.

2 June - Municipal House

Conducting Debut

The talent of the young Japanese conductor Chuhei Iwasaki, who has been settled in the Czech Republic for more than ten years, and of the pianist Marek Kozák will dominate the Czech-American evening on 30 May 2018 at the Municipal House. At Prague Spring Debut, they will be joining with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra to perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Pavel Bořkovec, and the Czech-American composer Karel Husa, a laureate of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Husa composed his four-movement work Music for Prague 1968 as a protest against the occupation of Czechoslovakia, and with nearly eight thousand performances, it has made him one of the most frequently performed contemporary composers.

30 May - Municipal House

Mastercard Lounge

We are pleased to announce that thanks to our partner MasterCard, we will now begin offering you the opportunity of ordering and purchasing refreshments during the interval at concerts.

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