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
Prague's bridges over the Moldau river at sunset.
Performances of Don Giovanni in Prague this summer, directed by Sherrill Milnes!
The young musicians of the “Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival” travel to the beautiful and historic city of Prague this summer for concerts and opera performances, including fully staged performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the stage direction of opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves. These performances, using the famous 2002 production, sets and costumes of the Czech National Theatre, will be given in Prague, where Don Giovanni was premiered by Mozart himself in 1787. The Estates Theatre is the only theater remaining in the world where Mozart conducted, and scenes from the Academy Award winning film Amadeus were filmed there. Participants in the program will live and work in historic Prague and the beautiful Bohemian town of Tabor.
Performances will include a production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, performed at the St. Simon and Jude Church, where Haydn and Mozart performed, a performance at the South Bohemian Opera House, a symphonic program in Sladkovsky Hall at Prague’s historic Municipal House, chamber music in Suk Hall at the Rudolfinum, opera scenes at the Lichtenstein Palace, where Beethoven played a recital, and a cabaret at one of Prague’s famous jazz clubs.
Singers will perform in a fully staged production of Don Giovanni, directed by the legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, the most recorded American opera singer in history, and the most celebrated Don Giovanni of his generation. In addition to performing in Don Giovanni, singers will also have the opportunity to sing in productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, 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 diction coaching, and have the opportunity to work on the repertoire of Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček with coaches and singers from the Czech National Opera Theater.
Orchestral musicians will perform in Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, as well as two full orchestral programs at historic concert halls. Instrumentalists will have the opportunity to perform chamber music, including the music of Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček, in beautiful and historic halls.
Instrumentalists will have coachings, masterclasses and intensive workshops from principals and members of the Czech National Symphony, the Prague Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic and major orchestras of Germany and Austria. Instrumental musicians will also 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 Don Giovanni in a major theatre, in addition to working on Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Stage directors will also work with the directors on the opera scenes program.
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 one area of operations/production work to focus on. These may include orchestra management, music library, theatre production assistant, festival coordinator and stage director’s assistant.
Coaches will have the opportunity to work with leading opera coaches, voice teachers and stage directors on Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, the opera scened 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.