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Programme of the 2014–15 season in Rudolfinum announced
Václav Luks, © Stéphane MoccozetThe 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.
Subscription tickets to the third season of the series, 2014/15, will go on sale as of 14 April 2014, individual (non-subscription) tickets will go on sale as of 1 June 2014.
Collegium 1704 in Rudolfinum will present six concerts from October to April. 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, Sara Mingardo will after a two-year absence bring her velvety voice back to the Rudolfinum, 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.

"Rolando meets Don Giovanni" in Prague accompanied by Collegium 1704 in new BBC documentary
Rolando meets Don Giovanni, © Václav SadílekRecently, Collegium 1704 took part in an exciting TV project: shooting of the BBC documentary about Mozart with superb Rolando Villazón as guide through the story. Premiére of the documentary is on Saturday, 26 April 2014 at 8:30 pm.

Don Giovanni had its premiere performance in Prague on October 29, 1787. Mozart’s vastly successful opera, based on the stories of legendary libertine Don Juan, delighted the city that had taken him to their hearts. But what brought them all, composer and audience, theatre manager and cast, to this time and place? Acclaimed tenor Rolando Villazon presents the story of one of the best-known operas of all time. Based in Prague, Rolando explores the run-up to that candle-lit first performance, looking at the music of the opera and the social setting in which it was first performed, before recreating in great detail the finale of the opera as it would have looked and sounded on that autumn evening: performed by Collegium 1704 under the baton of Václav Luks. More...

St Matthew Passion on Easter in Prague and Dresden – with Topi Lehtipuu as Evangelist
Topi Lehtipuu, © Seito RistimäkiThe 2013/14 season of Baroque Opera Stars concert series was closed in Prague on 15th April by almost sold-out Easter concert.
The concert will be resprised on 19th April in Annenkirche Dresden within Music Bridge Prague – Dresden concert series.
After Johannes Passion in 2013 was Bach's great Passion for soloists, double choir and double orchestra as a continuation of the Easter concerts in Rudolfinum. This legendary composition, the historic performance of which by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in 1829 became a symbol of the renaissance of Bach’s music in the early 19th century, is generally regarded as the very greatest work of the oratorio repertoire. Returning to Prague after a year, this time in the central role as the narrator of the story of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, was the charismatic Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu.

On the Prague concert eve on 14th April, there was programme for the third season of the concert series in Rudolfinum announced and the subscription ticket sale for the 2014/15 season began.

Mysliveček's L'Olimpiade nominated for Opera Awards!

International Opera AwardsMysliveček's L'Olimpiade, presented last year by Collegium 1704 in Prague, Luxembourg, Dijon and Caen, has been nominated for British prestigious International Opera Awards within the Rediscovered Work category. Together with Olimpiade, projects by festivals Aix-en-Provence, Wexford and American Bard College have been nominated.

The Opera Awards winners were announced on 7 April 2014 in London and our congratulations go to the opera "Cristina, regina di Svezia" produced by Wexford Festival, winning The International Opera Award in Rediscovered Works category.

The nomination itself is an honor for us and a wonderful success for Czech
culture, as well as Mysliveček's music, which more than deserves to be appreciated again.

Collegium 1704 performed in the Theater an der Wien
Theater an der Wien  VBWOn Friday 28th March, Collegium 1704 performed in one of the most prestigious theater in Europe, Theater an der Wien. Collegium 1704 came back to Vienna after a triumphal premiére in Konzerthaus in January: this time it was with appreciated opera Olimpiade by Josef Mysliveček in a concert version.

"Das von der „konzertanten“ Vorstellung begeisterte Publikum, das des Öfteren mit Szenenapplaus aufwartete, dankte am Schluss dem Sängerensemble sowie dem Orchester und seinem Dirigenten mit minutenlangem, nicht enden wollendem Beifall." were the words describing the concert in Der Neue Merker magazine.

Olimpiade will be performed in the same cast as in the last season on stages of National Theatre in Prague, Luxembourg, Dijon and Caen – with fabulous Raffaella Milanesi in the main role, Sophie Harmsen, Johannes Chum and Simona Houda-Šaturová. The Olimpiade production premiéred last year got unprecedented international acclaim which has been affirmed by the nomination for The International Opera Awards in the Rediscovered Works category. These „opera Oscars“ will be announced in London on 7th April. In fall 2014, Olimpiade gets back on the stage of the National Theatre in Prague.

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