Petr Kotík: The Lost Guitar (world premiere)

16 May 2021, 5pm EDT, the yard outside the Willow Place Auditorium, Brooklyn Petr Kotík: Letters to Olga (1988) S.E.M. Ensemble   Petr Kotík: The Lost Guitar (world premiere) Xander Naylor – guitar

Virginia: The Emperor of Atlantis

22 June 2019, The Barns, Vienna, Virginia, USA Wolf Trap Opera Viktor Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis (premiere) Directed by: Richard Gammon, music director: Geoffrey McDonald Cast: Ben Edquist (Emperor), Anthony Robin Schneider (Death), Joshua Blue (Pierrot), Daniel Noyola (Loudspeaker), Megan Esther Grey (Drummer), Victor Cardamone (Soldier), Shannon Jennings (Bubikopf) Following performances: 26, 28 and 30 Jun 2019

Carnegie Hall: the American premiere of ‘Juliette’

22 March 2019, Carnegie Hall, New York Bohuslav Martinů: Juliette (The Key to Dreams) – American premiere, concert performance American Symphony Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale (director: James Bagwell), cond. Leon Botstein Cast: Sara Jakubiak (Juliette), Aaron Blake (Michel) and others

Miroslav Srnka: Overheating (world premiere)

13 November 2018, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California European Avantgarde Miroslav Srnka: Overheating (world premiere) Los Angeles Philharmonic, cond. Susanna Mälkki

Petr Kotík: Mater-Pieces (New York premiere)

28 April 2018, Bohemian National Hall, New York, USA Czech American Inspiration Petr Kotík: Master-Pieces (2014-15) – New York premiere directed by: Jiří Nekvasil, David Bazika, music director: Petr Kotík S.E.M. Ensemble (Christina Kay – soprano, Steven Wilson – tenor, Jose Pietri-Coimbre – baritone, Nicholas Hay – bass, Pauline Kim Harris – violin, Liuh-Wen Ting – viola, Amanda Gookin – violoncello, Jeffrey Reinhardt – … Read more

Michal Rataj: Long Sentence I (American premiere)

28 April 2018, Music Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA Michal Rataj: Long Sentence I (American premiere) Del Sol String Quartet (Ben Kreith, Rick Shinozaki, Charlton Lee, Kathryn Bates), Ben Carson – piano

Dimitrij at the Bard SummerScape

The ongoing Bard SummerScape festival, held for the 15th time at the Bard College campus some 180 km north of New York, focuses this time primarily on the work of Fréderic Chopin. That is why the choice of the opera to be produced this year fell on a Poland-themed work, the seldom performed Dimitrij by Antonín Dvořák. The author of the … Read more

Petr Bakla: Major Thirds (world premiere)

As a herald of this year’s Ostrava Days festival, a special concert took place on 25th April in the completely sold out Bohemian National Hall of the Czech Center New York. Together with The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, the festival’s director Petr Kotík presented a unique program consisting of works by composers of AACM (Association for the Advancement of … Read more

Santa Barbara: The Cunning Little Vixen

One of the four operas presented this season at Opera Santa Barbara, California, is Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen. The new production by Crystal Manich, which is dedicated to both adult and children spectators (which is also one of the reasons why it is sung in an English), received two performances – on 3rd and 5th March at … Read more