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Josef MYSLIVEČEK – L'Olimpiade
Myslivecek_Josef_sqL'Olimpiade (1778)
opera seria in three acts on libretto by Pietro Metastasio

Premiere: 30 April 2013, National Theatre in Prague (Estate Theater)

The opera was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on 4 November 1778, the name day of king Charles III of Spain, the former ruler of the Kingdom of Naples whose birthday and name day were still celebrated with operatic productions under the rule of his son Ferdinand. It is unquesti-onably one of the finest settings of this Metastasian libretto ever produced. Contemporary music criticism praised in particular the composer's setting of the aria "Se cerca, se dice" as sung by Luigi Marchesi, a close friend and professional collaborator of the composer.

Opera projects which have been performed by the Collegium 1704 orchestra between years 2007–2011
Josef HAYDN & Jiří Antonín BENDA – Ariane à Naxos
Haydn_Benda_Ariadna-na-Naxu_sqJoseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphonie Le Matin
Cantate Ariane à Naxos for soprano & orchestra

Jiří Antonín Benda (1722–1795)
Ariane à Naxos (1775) melodrama on text by Johann Christian Brandes

Louise Moaty – Adriana
Benjamin Lazar – Theseus
Alexandra Rübner – Oreada
Louise Moaty & Benjamin Lazar – stage directors
Collegium 1704, Václav Luks – conductor

Christoph Willibald GLUCK – Le Cinesi

Gluck_Cinesi_Krumlov_sqChristoph Willibald Gluck


Le Cinesi

opéra buffa on libreto by Pietro Metastasio

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Symphony Le Midi

Performed in Baroque Theatre Český Krumlov in 2008.

Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL – Rinaldo
Handel_Rinaldo_sqGeorg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)

Rinaldo HWV 7
opera seria in 3 acts on libretto by Giacomo Rossi after Aron Hill
story after Liberated Jerusalem by Torquato Tasso

Premiere: 4th April 2009, National Theatre in Prague
Other performances: Opera Royal de Versailles, January 2011

Collegium 1704 orchestra
Václav Luks conductor
Louise Moaty stage director

Claudio MONTEVERDI – Orfeo
Monteverdi_Orfeo_score_sqClaudio Monteverdi

favola in musica SV 318
libretto: Alessandro Striggio

L'Orfeo, favola in musica is one of the earliest operas ever (L'Orfeo is regarded to be the the oldest opera which has been wholly preserved). In this opera, Monteverdi created whole new genre of dramma per musica.

Antonio VIVALDI – Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
Monteverdi_Il-ritorno-d-Ulisse-in-patria_ilustracni_ctverecClaudio Monteverdi

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland), SV 325
dramma in musica in a prologue and three acts
libretto: Giacomo Badoaro after a story of Homer's Odyssey
premiere: Teatro SS Giovanni e Paolo à Venise, 1640

After his long journey home from the Trojan Wars Ulisse, king of Ithaca, finally returns to his kingdom where he finds that a trio of villainous suitors have seized the realm and are importuning his faithful queen, Penelope. With the assistance of the gods, his son Telemaco and a staunch friend Eumete, Ulisse vanquishes the suitors and recovers his kingdom.

Antonio VIVALDI – L'incoronazione di Poppea
Vivaldi_Incoronazione-di-Poppea_ctverecClaudio Monteverdi

L'incoronazione di Poppea
opera in three acts
libretto: Gian Francesco Busenello after Tacitus
premiere: 1642

Collegium 1704
Václav Luks – conductor
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART – Der Schauspieldirektor
Mozart_karikatura_sqWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Schauspieldirektor KV486
(The Impresario, 1786)

libretto: Johann Gottlieb Stephanie

Comic Singspiel Der Schauspieldirektor was commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II and premiered on February 7, 1786 at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Antonio VIVALDI – Orlando furioso
Vivaldi_Antonio_ctverecAntonio Vivaldi

Orlando furioso RV 728

Dramma per musica in three acts
Libretto: Grazio Braccioli based on the poem by Ludovico Ariosto
Premiere: Teatro San Angelo de Venise en 1727

The opera is set on an island at an unspecified time. The story line combines several plot lines from Ariosto: the exploits of the hero Orlando are detailed, as well as the tale of the sorceress Alcina.

Antonio VIVALDI – Teuzzone
VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi

Teuzzone, RV 736
Pasticcio opera in 3 acts
Libretto: Apostolo Zeno
Premiere: Teatro Arciducale, 1718, Mantoue

Collegium 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

Antonio VIVALDI – Griselda
Vivaldi_Griselda_Libretto_sqAntonio Vivaldi

Griselda RV 718
dramma per musica in three acts

The libretto by Carlo Goldoni is adaptation of the text by Apostolo Zeno
based on the story of Boccacio's Décaméron.
Premiere: Teatro San Samuele de Venise, 1735

Collegium 1704
Václav Luks – conductor


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