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"Liquid gold that bypassing any complicated ornament" and Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum
Karina-Gauvin credit Michael-Sobodian 234x175"Liquid gold that bypassing any complicated ornament."
So speak people about the voice and skills of Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, who will be headlining the November concert cycle Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum. At the concert on November 18 this vivacious singer, who gained world fame mainly in baroque opera, will perform under the direction of conductor Václav Luks world's most famous opera arias for soprano.
Look at the video clip of Karina Gauvin with Händel's aria Care Selve from Atalanta or one of the most famous baroque arias Lascia chi'o pianga from Händel's Rinaldo.


Bejun Mehta revealed the secrets of the countertenor's world
15145641535 47462d7360 kAmerican countertenor, Bejun Mehtareturned 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 foto c national theatre prague 2 20140220 1322695739Olimpiade 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.


"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.

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