Oratorio Saint Ludmila – The Dvořák Prague Festival

15. 9. 2018 - 8:00 PM

Dvořák’s Hall in the Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží, Prague 1

A performance of the oratorio Saint Ludmila in its original, complete version will be a special event by which The Dvořák Prague Festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jakub Hrůša will be performing the work. The soloists will be the soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, the Slovak mezzo-soprano Alena Kropáčková, the tenors Richard Samek and Ondřej Koplík, and the Slovak bass Jozef Benci.

And we’ll be there!

The concert will be broadcast live on an outdoor stage at Jan Palach Square, where a large Czech choir will join in the singing. The idea was inspired by a grandiose performance of Saint Ludmila in 1904 with the participation of a choir of supposedly as many as 1,600 voices. The work is being performed as part of the Dvořák Collection; in 2017–2018, this key programme series is giving performances all of Dvořák’s music for choir and orchestra – oratorios, cantatas and masses.

Antonín Dvořák: St. Ludmila, op. 71, B. 144

Performed by:

Kateřina Kněžíková – soprano
Alena Kropáčková – mezzo-soprano
Richard Samek – tenor
Jozef Benci – bass
Ondřej Koplík – tenor

Prague Philharmonic Choir – Choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek
Czech Philharmonic

Conductor – Jakub Hrůša

Outdoor stage:

Prague Mixed Choir (Prague) – choirmaster Jiří Petrdlík
Charles University Choir (Prague) – choirmaster Jakub Zicha
Brno Academic Choir (Brno) – choirmaster Pavel Šnajdr
The Academic Choir Žerotín (Olomouc) – choirmaster Pavel Koňárek
Ars Brunensis Chorus (Brno) – choirmaster Dan Kalousek
New Czech Song (Pilsen) – choirmaster Jaroslav Pleticha
Chamber choir of the Czech musicians (Pilsen) – choirmaster Martin Červenka
The Choir of the CTU (Prague) – choirmaster Jan Steyer
Karlovy Vary Choir (Karlovy Vary) – choirmaster Jan Rezek

Concert detail and programme of the outdoor stage (at 5:00 PM) could be found at links:
A. Dvořák: St. Ludmila
Accompanying events – outdoor stage