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Baroque Opera Stars 2012 — 2013

HVEZDY

1st season

Collegium 1704 prague baroque orchestra

Václav Luks | conductor
Presented by Collegium 1704 in collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
 

A painter paints pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

Leopold Stokowski 

This new concert series presented by the Prague baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 in collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic raises the curtain on the world of vocal artistry of the 17th and 18th centuries. Because Italy is the cradle of opera, the first year of the new series will focus mainly on Italian opera and the composers who left an indelible mark in the 18th century on the history of the genre. In addition to concerts with singers whose names shine brilliantly on the firmament of baroque opera, great works of the oratorio repertoire will also be heard. By performing Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. John Passion, we are starting Collegium 1704 tradition of Christmas and Easter concerts at the Rudolfinum.
(Václav Luks)


Sara Mingardo web30. 10. 2012
Voce dell'anima

Sara Mingardo | alto
Raffaella Milanesi| soprano
Xenia Löffler | oboe




A. Vivaldi — Cessate, omai cessate RV 684 | cantata
A. Vivaldi — Concerto for Oboe in C Major RV 450
G. B. Pergolesi — Stabat Mater

The human voice, the most perfect musical instrument, has the unique ability to express the innermost human feelings. The art of baroque singing is not represented solely by the brilliant virtuosity of the castrati. The music of the baroque masters was capable of endowing the voice with a language that is still comprehensible to this day, with the most subtle shadings of human emotion — pain, humility, joy, fi ery passion, or even rage and hatred. Without exaggeration, the unmistakable timbre of Sara Mingardo’s voice can be said to speak to the depths of the human soul. And Raffaella Milanesi is able to reach the public with no less eloquence.



Roberta Invernizzi, © Ribaltaluce-Studio20. 11. 2012
Roman Fireworks
Roberta Invernizzi | soprano






G. F. Händel
Concerti grossi op. 6 HWV 319 & HWV 324
Pugneran con noi le stelle | opera Rodrigo HWV 5
Ogni vento | opera Agrippina HWV 6
Tra le fi amme HWV 170 | cantata
Dissertavi, oh porte d‘averno! | La Resurrezione HWV 47
Dixit Dominus HWV 232 | psalm

Georg Friedrich Händel is one of the most important baroque composers of opera seria. The youthful composer learned the operatic craft in Italy, where he captivated the public with operas like Agrippina and Rodrigo. Händel composed his most splendid works in Rome, the best known of which is his great Dixit Dominus. The lightness and virtuosity of Roberta Invernizzi’s coloratura soprano voice makes her the ideal performer of Händel roles. She graces even the most virtuosic coloratura passages with musical expression.



Bach: Mass in B Minor18. 12. 2012
Christmas Concert
J. S. Bach — Mass in B Minor BWV 245






Hana Blažíková | soprano
Sophie Harmsen | alt
Markus Brutscher | tenor
Tobias Berndt | bass
Tomáš Král | bass

Johann Sebastian Bach composed his great B Minor Mass near the end of his life in 1748—49 as his last large-scale work, and this magnum opus is the summation of all of the artistic skill and experience as a composer that Bach had accumulated during his creative life. He composed the work in stages beginning in 1733; but the question remains at to why the aging composer decided to assemble the individual parts into a unifi ed whole, which his son C. Ph. E. Bach called “the great Catholic mass.” To this day, this compendium of Bach’s compositional mastery is admired not only as one of the most amazing works of its creator, but also as one of the cornerstones of European musical culture in general.



Topi Lehtipuu © Seilo Ristimaki29. 1. 2013
Carnival of Venice
Topi Lehtipuu | tenor






Claudio Monteverdi – Sonata a 8 sopra „Sancta Maria ora pro nobis“ | Vespro della Beata Vergine, 
Claudio Monteverdi
Tempro la cetra  |  Settimo libro de madrigali
Perchè se m'odiavi | Madrigali e canozonette, libro IX
Maledetto sia l'aspetto | Scherzi musicali
S'il dolce è 'l tormento | Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze
Biagio Marini – Canzon VIII a 6 | Sonate Sinfonie: Canzoni, Passemezzi, Balleti, Correnti, Gagliarde & Ritornelli | opera VIII
Claudio Monteverdi – Tu se' morta | opera l'Orfeo
Biagio Marini – Canzon X a 6 | Sonate Sinfonie: Canzoni, Passemezzi, Balleti, Correnti, Gagliarde & Ritornelli | opera VIII
Claudio Monteverdi
Più lieto il guardo | Scherzi musicali
Vi ricorda o boschi ombrosi | opera l'Orfeo
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto sol minore RV 156
Vedrò con mio diletto | opera Il Guistino RV 717
La fatal sentenza | opera Tito Manlio RV 738
Gia lascio la nobil salma | opera Tito Manlio RV 738
Concerto  re minore RV 127
Deh, ti piega | opera La fida Ninfa RV 714
Non tempesta | opera La fida Ninfa RV 714


These days, the name of Antonio Vivaldi is known mainly thanks to his instrumental concertos and his reputation as a remarkable violin virtuoso. Back in his day, however, Vivaldi was a very popular opera composer, and as we become more familiar with the music of his operas, even today we are carried away by his unceasing melodic invention and instrumental ingenuity. Presenting the vivid colors of carnival in Venice is one of the most important representatives of the younger generation — the Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu — whose name would be a credit to any of the world’s opera stages.





Sonia Prina © Ribaltaluce Studio26. 2. 2013
Between Heaven and Earth
Sonia Prina | alto






N. Porpora — Sinfonia | opera Semiramide riconosciuta
G. F. Händel — Va tacito e nascosto | opera Giulio Cesare HWV 17
G. F. Händel — Empio dirò tu sei | opera Giulio Cesare HWV 17
L. Leo — Sinfonia | oratorium Santa Elena al Calvario
A. Vivaldi — Longe mala, umbrae, terrores RV 629 | moteto
N. Porpora — Sinfonia | opera Carlo il Calvo
G. F. Händel — Pena tiranna | opera Amadig di Gaula HWV 11
G. F. Händel — Sento la gioia | opera Amadigi di Gaula HWV 11
D. Sarro — Introduzione | opera Didone abbandonata
G. F. Händel — Cara sposa | opera Rinaldo HWV 7
G. F. Händel — Vivi tiranno | opera Rodelinda HWV 19
G. F. Händel — Water Music Suite in F major HWV 348
 
This programme is a confrontation of two overlapping worlds — sacred and secular music. It is also a tribute to the castrati whose fates and artistry have become synonymous with vocal virtuosity. G. F. Händel and Nicola Porpora made opera history not only as composers, but also as enlightened operatic tradesmen, whose opera companies in London were engaged in a ruthless battle for the favor of audiences. Winning over castrati for one’s production was both an honor and a necessity for every opera impresario. Sonia Prina is one of the few women whose voice is capable of bringing virtuosity, lightness and depth of expression to the enormous demands of the castrato repertoire.




Johannespassion26. 3. 2013
Easter Concert
J. S. Bach — St. John Passion BWV 245

Markus Brutscher — Evangelist | tenor



 
Bach’s Passions are an inseparable part of Holy Week, representing one of the pinnacles of the world’s oratorio literature. In terms of its conception as a music drama and its emotional tension, the St. John Passion is the work in which Bach most nearly approaches the world of opera of his contemporaries. For this very reason, its Leipzig premiere was received with surprise and embarrassment. Never before had the liturgical music heard in Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church been so stirringly expressive, to the point that the composer was accused of having dragged operatic mannerisms into the church. The dramatic and convincing manner in which the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is retold is nonetheless one of the reasons why this music still reaches audiences even centuries later.




Veronique Gens © Alexandre Weinberger - Virgin Classics7. 5. 2013
Opera Revolution
Véronique Gens | soprano






W. A. Mozart —  Ouvertüre | opera Der Schauspieldirektor KV 486
Ch. W. Gluck — D'une image, hélas! | opera Iphigénie en Tauride
J. Mysliveček — Misero me, che veggo! — Se cerca, se dice | opera l'Olimpiade
Ch. W: Gluck — Don Juan | ballet
Ch. W. Gluck — Divinités du Styx | opera Alceste
W. A. Mozart — Balettmusik I. | Idomeneo KV 366
W. A. Mozart — Vado ma dove? KV 583 | aria
W. A. Mozart — Balettmusik II. | Idomeneo KV 366
W. A. Mozart — Ch'io mi scordi di te? KV 505 | concert aria

Josef Mysliveček had a major influence on the operatic language of W. A. Mozart at a time when the young Mozart was getting his first experience with opera, and especially during the period when he was composing the opera Idomeneo. At that time, Mozart still would have had no idea that during the happiest stage of his life, his name would become associated with Prague, the birthplace of his older friend Mysliveček. Yet another of the three great stars of opera composition in the latter half of the 18th century passed through Prague, where two of his operas had their premiers — Ezio and Issipile. The works that earned Gluck his reputation as an operatic reformer, however, were his later operas. The French soprano Véronique Gens is one of today’s legendary performers of opera roles, and not only in the French repertoire. She has also won the hearts of the public with her soulful and unpretentious creations of Mozart roles.



Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks | conductor

7:30 p.m.
Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall


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