Choose

Italian opera in Mozart's Prague

J. G. Naumann, P. Anfossi, F. Zannetti, G. Gazzaniga, D. Cimarosa etc.

This programme presents the rich world of Italian opera, specifically the genre of the opera buffa (or dramma giocoso). Selected arias of various characters come from operas that were mostly performed on the stage of Thunovsky or Nostic theater in the 1780s and 1790s, but most of them had their premieres in Italy or in Vienna and Dresden.

Cast: soprano, 5 violins, 3 violas, 2 horns, 2 bassoons, 2 oboes, cello, doublebass, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

Opera and chamber music

Sweeter than roses

G. Carissimi, H. Purcell, G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, M. Lambert etc.

Here we present chamber music across Baroque Europe. The title of this varied program, based on the song of the same name by Henry Purcell, is intended to evoke his melodious and beauty. We chose cantatas, songs, duets and chamber instrumental compositions by prominent Italian, German, English and French authors.

Cast: soprano, tenore, flute, violin, theorbo, viola da gamba, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

Opera and chamber music

Pearls of Baroque opera

G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, N. Porpora, G. Bononcini etc.

We present a selection of Italian operas here by prominent Baroque composers accompanied by a harpsichord. These are lyrical and colorature arias for soprano, alto arias, which in their time belonged mainly to castrates, and also love duets .

Cast: soprano, mezzosoprano, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

Opera and chamber music

Italian baroque cantata

G. Carissimi, A. Scarlatti, A. Vivaldi, G. F. Händel etc.

The main points of our program are three extensive cantatas of different  stages of the Baroque era. The secular cantata as a musical kind crystallized as early as the first half of the 17th century and its origin and development were closely related to the birth and formation of the opera. Cantata was cultivated mainly in the aristocratic salons and in the courts of high ecclesiastical dignitaries. The main center for this solo art (mostly accompanied only by basso continuo) was Italy.

Cast: soprano, harpsichord

Programme duration: 60 minutes

Opera and chamber music