Prague Summer Nights 2018 returns to the Estates Theater of Prague! June 18 – July 16
Debuting in 2015 and hailed for its “high-quality productions” (Hospodářské noviny) and “sophistication” (Prague Post), Classical Movements’ Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival (PSN) affords aspiring young professionals in the world of opera and orchestra the opportunity to perform in some of Europe’s most historic venues and offers fully-staged opera productions, orchestral performances, chamber music concerts, an opera scenes program, and even a cabaret concert. The 30-day festival features 18 performances, coachings, masterclasses, lessons, and career development opportunities for its participants. Past programs have featured performances in the famed Estates Theater, Rudolfinum, and Smetana Hall of Prague and, in 2017, the program made its first trip to Salzburg, performing in the Große Saal of the Mozarteum.
In 2018, PSN is proud to return to the historic Estates Theater, located in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities, Prague. Fully-staged performances of Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, with orchestra, will be presented on the stage of the Estates with professional sets and historic costumes from the National Theater.
The Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra will play all opera performances and, in addition, will perform their own program on the stage of the Estates Theater as well as two other concerts of varying repertoire in Tábor and the surrounding cities of Prague. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in the PSN chamber music program where they will receive coachings with members of the Czech Philharmonic and the PSN faculty. Chamber music performances will be held in the Gothic Hall of Tábor and the famed Rudolfinum of Prague.
For vocalists, additional concerts at the festival include an opera scenes program which will feature scenes from important Czech operas such as Dvořák’s Rusalka and Smetana’s Bartered Bride. Singers will work directly with coaches and faculty from the Czech National Theater and the Prague Conservatory on diction, language, acting, and character development. A cabaret performance of music from the American Songbook and Broadway, including the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, and Cole Porter will take place in a famous Prague jazz club.
Singers will perform in fully-staged performances, with orchestra, of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro, directed and coached by the renowned faculty of PSN.
Participants will have the opportunity to perform in a fully staged opera scenes program, which will include scenes from important Czech operas such as Rusalka and The Bartered Bride. Students will work directly with coaches and faculty from the Czech National Theater and the Prague Conservatory on diction, language, acting, and character development.
A cabaret performance of music from the American Songbook and Broadway, including the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, and Cole Porter will take place in a famous Prague jazz club.
All singers in the program will have voice lessons and coachings with the PSN faculty and will have opportunities to participate in career development workshops, the subjects of which may include: acting, movement, improvisation, character development, social media, networking and audition preparation.
Singers will participate in staging rehearsals and performance preparation, and receive diction coaching.
Orchestral musicians are invited to participate in a rigorous program of instruction and performance including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera orchestra performances, masterclasses and private lessons.
Participants will have the opportunity to perform orchestral programs in world-class venues and some of Europe’s most historic halls, including an orchestral concert and performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theater, the only theater left standing where Mozart conducted.
Chamber music performances will be given at the Gothic Hall in Tabor, built in 1521, and the Rudolfinum in Prague, the home of the Czech Philharmonic.
Instrumentalists will have have coachings and masterclasses from members of the festival faculty, including members of professional European orchestras and principal players from the Berlin and Czech and Philharmonic. Instrumental musicians will also have the opportunity to take private lessons with leading teachers from the Prague Conservatory, where Antonín Dvořák was once the director.