Strasbourg: Rusalka

18 October 2019, Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, France Antonín Dvořák: Rusalka (premiere in co-production with Opéra de Limoges) Directed by: Nicola Raab, music director: Antony Hermus Cast: Pumeza Matshikiza (Rusalka). Bryan Register (Prince), Rebecca Von Lipinski (Foreign Princess), Attila Jun (Water goblin), Patricia Bardon (Witch) and others Following performances: 20, 22, 24 and 26 … Read more

Lyon: From the House of the Dead

21 January 2019, Opéra de Lyon, Lyon, France Leoš Janáček: From the House of the Dead (premiere) Directed by: Krzysztof Warlikowski, music director: Alejo Pérez Cast: Willard White (Gorjantchikov), Pascal Charbonneau (Aljeja), Štefan Margita (Kuzmich), Ladislav Elgr (Skuratov), Károly Szemerédy (Chichkov) and others Language: Czech Following performances: 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31 Jan, 2 Feb 2019

Ondřej Adámek: Seven Stones (world premiere)

7 July 2018, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, Aix-en-Provence, France Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence Ondřej Adámek: Seven Stones (world premiere commissioned by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence) Libretto: Sjón Directed by: Éric Oberdorff, music direction: Ondřej Adámek, Léo Warynski Cast: Anne-Emmanuelle Davy, Shigeko Hata, Nicolas Simeha, Landy Andriamboavonjy Chorus: accentus / axe 21 Language: English Following performances: 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17 Jul 2018

Kryštof Mařatka: Fables pastorales (world premiere)

At the opportunity of releasing his new album by the French Arion Music label, Kryštof Mařatka, Czech composer permanently living in Paris, presented the world premiere of his piece Fables pastorales. The concert took place on 16 April in Salle Cortot, Paris, under the auspices of Czech Republic’s ambassador to France Petr Drulák, and, as a reminder … Read more

Nancy: Katya Kabanova

On 28 January, Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Eastern France, presented a new production of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. It was created by German opera director Philipp Himmelmann who decided to highlight the tragic nature of the story; the spectators are thus even offered handkerchiefs upon entering. The music director is an Irish conductor Mark Shanahan. Popular … Read more

Miroslav Srnka: Future Family (world premiere)

On 15 January, the renowned Quatuor Diotima presented a new piece by Miroslav Srnka. The concert was a part of Biennale de Quatuors à cordes, a festival of string quartets held by the Philharmonie de Paris. Future Family analyses the traditional distribution of musical roles between the players as well as other conventions typical for a string quartet and explores … Read more

The Cunning Little Vixen’s French tour

On 29 and 30 April two performances of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen at Les Quinconces theatre in Le mons, France, closed the production’s tour organized by the Paris-based opera house Arcal. The company’s aim being to bring high-quality opera performances to regions where these are otherwise not particularly easy to find, the ensemble’s mission consists of travelling through the … Read more

Lyon. Hans Krása: Brundibár

A new production of the opera Brundibár by Hans Krása was presented during this year’s mid-season festival held by Opéra de Lyon. Composed in 1938 yet premiered and more than fifty times reprised not until five years afterwards at the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the deported Jewish children, this over 30-minute-long children’s opera is, according to the … Read more

Ondřej Adámek: Conséquences particulièrement blanches ou noires (world premiere)

Ondřej Adámek’s new composition for airmachine, a musical instrument designed and created by the composer himself, and 15 players received its world premiere on 10 March during the Biennale Musiques en Scène contemporary arts festival in Lyon. Adámek has been experimenting with the various modes of the instrument’s construction since 2009. Made up of a wind tunnel and multiple … Read more