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Sara Mingardo has had to cancel her concert, instead there will be Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin
Karina Gauvin 234x175Due to unforeseen circumstances in an opera production, Sara Mingardo has had to cancel her concert on 18th November 2014 in the Rudolfinum. Instead there will be another equally renowned interpreter of baroque music, desired Canadian soprano, Karina Gauvin.
"We had a blessing in disguise. Karina is very busy artist living in Canada, who we managed to reach while she was on her opera engagement duties at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. An audience has got a unique opportunity to see the legend of baroque opera for the first time in the Czech Republic", says Václav Luks, conductor, artistic director of Collegium 1704 and dramaturge of the 3rd season of "Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum". Karina Gauvin and Collegium 1704 with Václav Luks will be performing Vivaldi's moteto in In furore iustissimae irae and arias from Händel's operas Alcina, Rodelinda a Rinaldo.
Take a look at Karina Gauvin's videoclip with Händel's aria Care Selve from Atalanta opera ( and one of the most popular baroque arias Lascia chi'o pianga from Rinaldo (

Already purchased tickets for 18th November concert will still remain valid and need not to be changed. We are negotiating with Sara Mingardo for alternative dates in the next season. Thank you for understanding.

"DVD of the Month" and "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone for Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Bejun Mehta and Collegium 1704 on DVD & Blu-Ray
Orfeo-bookletSeptember issue of Gramophone, prestigious British music magazine, honoured the new DVD with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice by "DVD of the Month" and "Editor's Choice" titles.
The DVD/Blu-Ray has been published on occassion of 300th anniversary of Ch. W. Gluck with starring Bejun Mehta and Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 under the baton of Václav Luks in the Baroque Theatre in Český Krumlov.
The Baroque Theatre of Český Krumlov Castle provides an ideal setting for one of the most important operas in music history, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice”. Director Ondřej Havelka captures much more than a stage performance: combining period details with modern psychological interpretation he chooses a cinematic approach that literally takes us behind the scenes of this unique venue.
Bejun Mehta, ‘arguably the best countertenor in the world today’ (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), lends credibility to the emotions tormenting Orfeo’s heart. As his beloved Euridice, Austrian soprano Eva Liebau juggles joy and jealousy. Bringing comic relief to the work’s dark tone is Regula Mühlemann as Amore, who cheerily sends mortals zigzagging on their way to life, love – and, maybe, death. Under the baton of baroque specialist Václav Luks, the splendid soloists are supported by the Prague orchestra and vocal ensemble Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704. This is the perfect new release to celebrate Gluck’s 300th anniversary in 2014!

More information at the publisher's website of ARTHAUS Musik..
Pictures from shooting in Český Krumlov on our website.
Trailer on YouTube.

The summer in Collegium 1704
10356252 10152470776951900 4765552356034668673 nCollegium 1704 performed in one of the prestigious festivals, Festival
Chopin i Jego Europa
 on 20th August. The program was a non-traditional event that consisted of the music from Rossini, Donzietti and Bellini, which you may have been familiar with from our previous concerts with Raffaella Milanesi at the Rudolfinum. The program consisted of the music of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. For the first time ever we also performed an extraordinary Symphony in D major by the Czech composer J. V. H. Vořišek. According to the dramaturgy of the Chopin Festival, the music was much younger than the one usually presented by Collegium 1704. You can take a look on pictures on our Facebook.
It was a great privilege and honour to be resident guests and perform at a number of dates in one of the biggest festivals of early music in the world, Oude Muzik Utrecht. Collegium 1704 performed on three different concerts, dramaturgy linked to Bohemia: the first and the opening concert took place on 29th August with the music from Zelenka, Tuma and Fux (broadcasted live by Avro TV and Dutch Radio 4). "The festival could hardly have started better than with this concert" says Johan van Veen about our opening concert of the Utrecht Early Music Festival. You can listen to the concert on Youtube. On 1st September, there was a performance of Oratorio di San Giovanni Nepomuceno from the Italian composer Antonio Caldara. There is a review from the second concert. The final concert on 2nd September called "Salon Praga 1723" introduced instrumental music by Zelenka, Reichenauer, Brescianello and Orschler.
In late summer, we came back to Poland, where Collegium 1704 is very popular, for two another concerts, on 6th and 7th September, at the legendary festival Wratislavia Cantans. This year's festival theme was "From Darkness to Light" and Collegium 1704 performed Handel's 'Dixit Dominus' and the Requiem in D major by Jan Dismas Zelenka. See the photos from the concert here.

Upcoming season of Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum 2014|15 series
Xenia Löffler at the concert of Collegium 1704, Photo © Michal AdamovskýThe Collegium 1704 concert series is now entering its third season enhanced by a number of new features and with a new name: Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum. Upcoming year will be even more exceptional as it will be 10 years since founding Collegium 1704.

Ticket sale has begun: you can purchase it online at, in person at the Czech Philharmonic Box Office in the Rudolfinum (Palachovo Sq., Prague 1, Mon–Fri, 10am – 6 pm) or via Ticketportal and Bohemia Ticket. Subscription tickets to the third season of the series can be purchased in person at the Czech Philharmonic Box Office in the Rudolfinum or reserved at

Collegium 1704 in Rudolfinum will present six concerts from October to April (with popular Christmas and Easter Concerts with reprisis). Again we have invited some extraordinary singing celebrities for three programmes of differing styles. In addition to Bejun Mehta, the most acclaimed countertenor of our times, 'liquid gold' of voice by Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin will flow through Rudolfinum (instead of previously announced Sara Mingardo), and for the first time ever we shall present as part of our cycle the charm of French Baroque music in cooperation with the first lady of the French Baroque, Sandrine Piau. The other half of the total of six concerts will be devoted to a series of three festive masses. The Czech premiere of Zelenka’s Missa Divi Xaverii which will be present in counterpoint to Bach’s Magnificat, will be an extraordinary historic moment. This tripartite constellation of festive masses will continue in February by Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, a work of immense emotional depth and power.
The highlight of the season will certainly be performance of monumental Bach's Mass in B minor, which will then also be heard in the summer of 2015 as interpreted by Collegium 1704 as part of the Salzburger Festspiele. The performance of this unique work will at the same time serve as a celebration of the ten years of existence of the orchestral and vocal ensembles Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704. The complete programme of the series.

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