Beautiful sunset over Prague.
Prague's bridges over the Moldau river at sunset.
Outside Mozarteum, photo by Christian Schneider
Mozarteum Great Hall, photo by Christian Schneider
Prague Summer Nights Orchestra performs to a capacity audience in Smetana Hall
Curtain call for Don Giovanni
2015 Opera Gala performance. Interior shot of the Estates Theatre
Performance shot from Act 1 of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, taken in the Estates Theatre
Perform in Salzburg and Prague this summer! Fully staged opera, directed by opera legend Sherrill Milnes, as well as concerts, recitals, cabaret and chamber music, performed in beautiful historic halls in three of the most beautiful places in the world.
Join the musicians of the “Prague Summer Nights Music Festival” this summer for concerts and opera performances, living, working and performing in Prague, Salzburg and the Bohemian town of Tabor.
Operas given in Prague and Salzburg will include fully staged productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves, and Die Zauberflöte. Festival highlights for singers and instrumentalists will include concerts at the world famous Mozarteum in Salzburg and St. Simon and Jude, home of the Prague Symphony where both Haydn and Mozart performed. Additional concerts in Prague, Salzburg and Tabor, will include chamber music in Suk Hall at Prague’s famous Rudolfinum, (home of the Czech Philharmonic and where Dvorak conducted), a song recital at Oskara Nedbala Theater, an opera scenes program at the Lichtenstein Palace (where Beethoven played a recital), and a cabaret in the Reduta, Prague’s most celebrated and historic jazz club.
Singers will perform in a fully staged production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by the legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, the most recorded American opera singer in history, and the most celebrated baritone of his generation. In addition to performing in Le nozze di Figaro, singers will also have the opportunity to sing in a production of Die Zauberflöte, participate in a fully staged scenes program, and perform in a song recital and cabaret at one of Prague’s famous jazz clubs.
All singers in the program will have coachings with Sherrill Milnes, and all will have lessons, coachings and masterclasses with members of the faculty. Singers will participate in staging rehearsals and performance preparation, receive Italian and German diction coaching, and have the opportunity to work on the repertoire of Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček with coaches from the Czech National Opera Theater.
Orchestral musicians will perform in Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, as well as three full orchestral concerts at historic concert halls, including the Großer Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Instrumentalists will also have the opportunity to perform chamber music, in Suk Hall at the Rudolfinum, where Dvořák conducted, and will have coachings, masterclasses and intensive workshops from principals and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony, the Prague Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic and other major orchestras. Instrumental musicians will also have the opportunity to take private lessons from leading teachers from the Prague Conservatory, where Antonin Dvořák was the director.
Conductors will act as assistant conductors for full opera productions, the opera scenes program, and the full orchestral programs. Conductors will have the opportunity to lead the orchestra in rehearsal and conduct in staging rehearsals, and may have concert opportunities. They will work closely with the music director and festival conductors, receive individual lessons, and participate in career development seminars.
Stage directors will work with Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves on the elements of stage directing, and assist them in all aspects of fully staging Le nozze di Figaro in a major theatre, in addition to working on Die Zauberflöte. Stage directors will also work with the directors on the opera scenes program, and may have the opportunity to direct their own scenes in the scenes program, or within the fully staged operas.
Arts Administrators will have the opportunity to work behind the scenes on the planning and artistic operations as they relate to the festival. Each participant will be given important responsibilities related to producing operas, orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, touring, and other elements of running a major international festival. These may include orchestra management, music library, theatre production assistant, festival coordinator, personnel manager, tour manager, and stage director’s assistant.
Coaches will have the opportunity to work with leading opera coaches, voice teachers and stage directors on Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, the opera scenes program, as well as an art song performance and cabaret. Pianists will also have opportunities to play chamber music with the orchestral musicians, and the opportunity for piano lessons from faculty at the Prague Conservatory, or conducting lessons from festival faculty.