|Bejun Mehta revealed the secrets of the countertenor's world|
|American countertenor, Bejun Mehta, returned to Prague.
With a new name but with the same star constellation, Bejun launched the third annual concert series Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum, which had been both critics and audiences for the short period of its existence dubbed one of the major cultural events of the season. A concert on October 21 at the Rudolfinum brought Bejun, "best countertenor present" (according to Süddeutsche Zeitung), back to Prague. His calendar items in recent months include the best known opera and concert stage. Bejun Mehta had bewitched Prague audience three years ago at the National Theatre with his first concert with Collegium 1704 under Václav Luks, which started inspiring cooperation: Collegium 1704 made in the Baroque theater in Czech Krumlov film with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice , that was awarded the "DVD -September" and "Editor 's Choice" by Gramophone magazine and "IRR Outstanding" British International Record Review".
"I like working with Collegium 1704 and Václav. Besides the fact that they are first-class musicians, it is also a group of exceptionally cordial people. And it has the most positive impact that music ... joy!", says Bejun Mehta .
|Olimpiade returns to the National Theatre in Prague|
|Olimpiade by Josef Mysliveček returns back to the National Theater in Prague. Public performances of the successful production were given at the National Theater in Prague, in Caen, Dijon, Luxembourg and in the Theater an der Wien. The production attracted a great deal of attention on the European music scene and its international fame confirmed also the nomination for International Opera Award 2014 in London.
You can see the performances on the 3rd, 11th and 16 th October 2014.
|Sara Mingardo has had to cancel her concert, instead there will be Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin|
|Due 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 (http://youtu.be/E1cuAXYkSaU) and one of the most popular baroque arias Lascia chi'o pianga from Rinaldo (http://youtu.be/ZsF1w25mWhw).
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|
|September 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.