In Sunday Music Show we look at the life and work of Czech opera diva Milada Šubrtová who died at the age of 87 last week. The soprano, whom many consider to have been the best Rusalka ever, was one of the lights of the Czech opera world. With her three octave range and considerable acting abilities she could interpret both coloratura roles and dramatic parts, making her one of the stars of the prestigious National Theatre.
For a lot of Czechs, Pavel Bobek is THE voice of country pop, thanks to his hugely popular Czech-language versions of hits by U.S. singers like John Denver and Kris Kristofferson. He is also a trained architect, and was a close friend of Jan Kaplický, who died in 2009 after a long and fruitless struggle to have one of his plans realised in Prague. In this, the second part of a two-part interview, Pavel Bobek speaks about Kaplický and aspects of his own career. But first he discusses his love of Johnny Cash, whose songs he recorded on his most recent
Pavel Bobek is one of the greats of Czech popular music, best known for his Czech versions of songs by American artists like Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, and his long-time hero Johnny Cash. A trained architect, he started out in the Czechoslovak bigbít (rock’n’roll) scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s, singing with an early version of the band Olympic before becoming a member of the Semafor theatre, one of the country’s most vibrant cultural institutions in the Communist era.
The actress and obstinate apologist of the communist regime Jiřina Švorcová died on Monday at the age of 84. Her career in theatre, film and television spanned more than four decades. But most Czechs will remember her as a bizarre figure who never renounced her support of communism, not even after the fall of the totalitarian regime.
Amir Bar-Lev first presented his documentary Fighter – a film that portrays the well-known Czech émigrés Jan Wiener and Arnošt Lustig – at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2008. This year, the American documentary filmmaker, whose second film My Kid Could Paint That got caught up in a media controversy, came back to the festival as president of the documentary competition jury. He speaks about what first sparked his interest film and documentaries, what his role as a jury president entails, and when he first visited the Czech
In this edition of our Sunday Music Show, we’ll hear songs inspired by the Czech capital, its beauty, its people and some of the events that took place there. Throughout the centuries, many writers, painters and other artists have been captured by the city’s charm but in our show today, we will listen to songs by foreign artists including Nick Cave, British Sea Power, Slayer, Joaquin Sabina, Vladimir Troshin, and others.
Over the last few weeks, the actress Veronika Hyks has been bringing us extracts from Jaroslava Skleničková’s memoirs, “If I had been a boy, I would have been shot…”. The book tells the moving story of how Jaroslava was sent with the other women from her home village of Lidice to the Ravensbrück concentration camp near Berlin, after the Nazis razed the entire village to the ground in June 1942. The men of the village were shot in cold blood, and nearly all the children were gassed in Poland, but throughout their stay in Ravensbrück, the women had
In this week’s Arts we look at Europe’s film heritage as compiled in a unique project organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut. Called the European Film Gateway (EFG), the project only recently came online. It makes available to users extensive digitalised documentary and other film material, trailers, original posters and much more, all compiled by participating European film archives and film houses. The Czech Republic’s own National Film Archive was one of the many institutions involved.