The opera singer Placido Domingo viewed the original 1787 score of
Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Prague on Wednesday. The Spaniard is set to
conduct the opera at the city’s Estates Theatre – where it was first
performed – on Friday and Saturday.
Domingo told reporters that holding the score that Mozart had had in his own hands was an amazing moment. The document, which is on loan from the Prague Conservatory, will be on display at the Estates Theatre untl Sunday.
Marta Kubišová, one of the most popular Czechoslovak singers of the 1960s and a symbol of resistance against the communist regime is bowing out with a final goodbye tour that started in the Slovak city of Kosice at the end of September and will take her to Prague’s Lucerna Palace where the singer started her career.
Czech singer Karel Gott received the Golden Hen (Goldene Henne) award for lifetime achievement in Leipzig on Friday night. The singer, who is 78, has a huge fan base in Germany, where he is known as ‘the Golden Voice of Prague,’ and has been regularly appearing on German TV shows. Goldene Henne is Germany’s biggest audience award and has been presented since 1995. Gott is the second Czech to receive the prize. In 2009 it was awarded to the late Czech president Václav Havel in recognition of his life-time political work.
The funeral has taken place in Prague of the internationally-renowned
harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, who died two weeks ago at the age of
90. The Plzeň-born musician and Holocaust survivor brought the harpsichord
to new audiences around the world.
Zuzana Růžičková was a lifelong devotee of the music of Bach and recorded his complete works for keyboard, a 20-CD set that was rereleased at the start of the year to mark her 90th birthday.
Singer Marta Kubišová is opening the Czech part of her Goodbye tour with
a concert in Brno on Sunday. The singer who was persecuted by the communist
authorities and banned from singing became a symbol of the Velvet
Revolution with her song Prayer for Martha.
Her Goodbye tour started in Košice Slovakia on September 26 and will next take the singer to Sedlčany, Chomutov, Hořovice, Varnsdorf and Prague. Her last stop in České Budějovice on November 1, will coincide with the singer’s 75 birthday.
The world renowned Czech harpsicord player Zuzana Růžičková has died at
the age of 90. In a career spanning more than half a century she recorded
over 100 albums and was the first harpsichordist to record Bach's
complete works in a collection of 35 CDs.
She taught such prominent musicians as Christopher Hogwood, Ketil Haugsand and Mahan Esfahani.
Růžičková endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed.
The artist received numerous awards including a medal of merit from the president in 2004 and prize for outstanding contribution to Czech and world music.
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