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The season 2020—21 will be inaugurated by one of the most famous works in the history of music, Handel’s Messiah, and this “messianic” spirit pervades the dramaturgy of the whole concert series. The unconventional programme of the Advent concert will recreate the atmosphere of Italian Baroque Christmas and we shall celebrate the arrival of the New Year with Mozart’s Coronation Mass.


Opening concert with soprano Martina Janková in Rudolfinum

The second year of the Baroque Opera Stars series will offer an expanded view of the world of opera of past centuries with respect both to time and genre. Our attention will be focused on the latter half of the 18th century. 
Opening concert with soprano Martina Janková in Rudolfinum is on 29th October 2013 at 7.30pm.
jankovaThis encounter of musical geniuses consisted not only of the similarity of their means of expression and feeling for drama, but also of their lifelong friendship. From W. A. Mozart’s letters to his father Leopold, we learn of the deep respect that he felt towards Mysliveček, and of how deeply he was moved by the bitter fate of his sick friend. Mozart was the sole source of support for Mysliveček during his difficult times in Munich in 1777. Three years later, Mysliveček died in Rome, and Mozart may have reminisced about his Czech friend during his later successful visits to Prague.

Without exaggeration, one can say that audiences have had the chance to hear the vocal artistry of Martina Janková on every stage of worldwide importance. A native of Ostrava, she sang as a soloist with the Zurich Opera for fourteen years, and she is still living in Switzerland. With her beautiful voice, enormous musicality, and enchanting immediacy, she evokes joy and emotion even in people from whom we would not expect it. How else can one explain the words written by the feared critic Jan Brachmann in the prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung after having seen an operatic performance in Salzburg:
“...What is so moving when we encounter the beautiful is the experience of having been given something we need, when we had no idea that it was what we needed. We suddenly feel ourselves to be exposed and handed over to a power that wants to do us good. Thereby the beautiful becomes an embodiment of grace that has come to us undeserved, and the resulting embarrassment merges with a feeling of helplessness and joy. Toto se stalo při provedení of Mozart’s opera Il re pastore at the Salzburg Festival. There was a lot of crying in the audience, and not all of it was silent. I saw a lady crying, who was unable to control herself while listening to the most beautiful aria that evening: “L’Armero saro constante.” The Soprano Martina Janková sang it with such perfect beauty of tone in all registers, with such meaningful phrasing, and such penetrating sweetness, that one would nearly have to be heartless not to be moved.”

J. Mysliveček
Sinfonia of the opera l´Olimpiade
Dove son, dove corro
Recitative a Aria from the oratoria „La Passione“

W. A. Mozart
Ouverture of the opera "La Clemenza di Tito"
Aria from the opera „Il re pastore“
„Aer tranquillo e di sereni“
Concert area „Ah, lo previdi“

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W. A. Mozart
Ouverture of opera „Le nozze di Figaro“
Aria of the opera „Le nozze di Figaro“
„Deh, vieni non tardar“
„Un moto di gioia“

Concert aria
"Bella mia fiamma, addio"

Martina Janková – soprano
Václav Luks – conductor

29 th October 2013 in Dvořák Hall in Rudolfinum 7:30p.m.

Tickets: http://www.onlineceskafilharmonie.cz/Default.aspx?kod=COL1-13&lang=EN&pg=en/concerts---tickets-p364.html%23en/detail/Bella-mia-fiamma-se286.html%3Btickets

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