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Mo 8 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, harpsichord category Tu 9 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, violin category Th 11 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, harpsichord category 20:00 Informal Festival Prelude ATTENTION PLEASE Fr 12 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, violin category 10:00 Tribute to Bedřich Smetana 16:00 Open air broadcast of the opening concert 20:00 Opening Concert: Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker Sa 13 11:00 Morning Concert I Marek Švejkar & Lenka Korbelová 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 1) 20:00 Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 2) Su 14 10:00 The Best of Prague Spring Festivals 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 1) 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 2) 20:00 Rocío Márquez Mo 15 20:00 Ensemble Inégal 20:00 Quasars Ensemble Tu 16 20:00 Diana Damrau We 17 20:00 La Compagnia del Madrigale Th 18 10:00 A day with the Czech Radio station Vltava 19:00 Laco Déczi & Celula New York 19:00 Krakatit 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Kristjan Järvi & Lukáš Vondráček Fr 19 18:00 Pavel Kohout 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Maxim Vengerov Sa 20 11:00 Morning Concert I Michal Šupák 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Jan Lisiecki Su 21 20:00 Jinhyung Park Mo 22 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Jiří Bělohlávek - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 EntreQuatre & Epoque Quartet Tu 23 20:00 Shanghai Dance Theatre 21:30 Nocturno I Alexander Lonquich We 24 20:00 Filharmonie Brno & Dennis Russell Davies Th 25 20:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & WIlliam Christie Fr 26 20:00 Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy, Łukasz Borowicz & Huw Morgan 20:00 Alexander Lonquich, Vilde Frang & Nicolas Altstaedt Sa 27 11:00 Morning Concert III Boris Prýgl & Jana Nagy-Juhász 14:00 Lobkowicz Trio 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 17:00 David Oistrach Quartet 20:00 Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt & Jan Simon Su 28 10:30 Suk's Křečovice 11:00 Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet 14:00 Dvořák Piano Quartet 17:00 Martinů Quartet 20:00 Concerto Zapico Mo 29 20:00 Musico-technical Inventions 20:00 Sacconi Quartet & Wihan Quartet Tu 30 13:30 ZUŠ Open 20:00 Prague Spring Debut,
20:00 Forma Antiqva
We 31 20:00 Orchestre de Paris, Thomas Hengelbrock & Kate Lindsey 21:30 Nocturne II Tomáš Jamník & Frode Haltli Th 1 20:00 Berg Orchestra, Peter Strenáčik & Peter Vrábel - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 Camerata Salzburg & Alexander Lonquich Fr 2 20:00 Closing Concert: Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
La Compagnia del Madrigale 17/5, Wednesday 20:00
Quasars Ensemble 15/5, Monday 20:00
16. 5. / Tu / 20.00
Diana Damrau
venue Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall price 300 - 3000 CZK end of the concert 22.10


  • Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer: Dinorah
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer: Ein Feldlager in Schlesien
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer: Emma di Resburgo
  • Jules Massenet: Manon
  • Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer
  • Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda
  • Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos


Grand Opera

Diana Damrau, one of today’s most brilliant opera stars, is coming to Prague together with her husband, the French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé. The concert, which is part of their European tour Belcanto Drammatico, will present a selection of arias from famous nineteenth-century operas.

Diana Damrau is known for her unbelievably broad range of repertoire, including roles intended for both coloratura and lyric soprano. Additionally, this versatile artist is no stranger to contemporary works (A Harlot’s Progress by Iain Bell or 1984 by Lorin Maazel) or the lieder repertoire, which she performs regularly together with the pianists Helmut Deutsch and Craig Rutenberg. She is undoubtedly known to the wider public from live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she made her debut in the role of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in 2005. Since then, she has appeared on the stage of that world-famous opera company in Massenet’s Manon, Bellini’s La Sonnambula, Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, in which she became the only soprano in the history of the Metropolitan Opera to play both Pamina and the Queen of the Night during a single season.

Together with Nicolas Testé, who is highly regarded for his interpreting of French music, she will be introducing herself to the Prague Spring public accompanied by the PKF –Prague Philharmonia and singing arias from Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Verdi’s Don Carlos, and Massenet´s Manon. The concert will be played under the baton of the orchestra’s principal conductor Emmanuele Villaume, who has gathered a wealth of operatic experience at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including London’s Covent Garden and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.


 “The leading coloratura soprano in the world.” (New York Sun)

The soprano Diana Damrau has been appearing on opera stages around the world for more than twenty years. At the world’s leading opera houses (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Royal Opera House), she has played a variety of leading roles (Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon, La Traviata). Of course, she is also a sought-after performer of the lieder repertoire, which she performs regularly at such concert venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her numerous recordings encompass not only classical music, but also well-known melodies from operettas, musicals, and films. She has twice won the prestigious ECHO Klassik Prize (2011 and 2014).


 “. . . Nicolas Testé shone as the handsome, implacable high priest Nourabad. His lean, forceful bass-baritone rang out with such security and idiomatic French style…” (Christopher Corwin)

The French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé originally studied piano, bassoon, and music history. He perfected his singing at the training programmes of the Opéra National de Paris and the Centre de Formation Lyrique, then in 1998 he won second prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition. He appears regularly at leading European opera houses (Deutsche Oper Berlin, De Nederlandes Opera) and music festivals (Glyndebourne Festival, Montpellier Festival). He has collaborated in concert performances with ensembles including the Orchestre National de France and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.


“Emmanuel Villaume’s magnificent conducting provides a virtual seminar in how French opera should be performed.” (Chicago Classical Review)

During his career, the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume has appeared with the world’s most prominent opera ensembles and symphony orchestras. He is now in his fourth season as the music director of the Dallas Opera. He has triumphed with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut both at London’s Royal Opera House and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. According to the New York Times: “It is the most vivid, exciting take on “Manon” at the Met in many years, and sets the bar high, early on, for the company’s spring season.” Since September of 2015, Maestro Villaume has been the music director and principal conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. His appointment was preceded by successful collaborations on recording projects with Anna Netrebko for Deutsche Grammophon and with Bryan Hymel for Warner Classics.


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