Congratulations to the participants and faculty of our 2017 festival and thank you for a wonderful summer! Information on our 2018 festival will be shared on this site as it becomes available, please check back for updates.
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 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—directed by the legendary American baritone Sherrill Milnes and acclaimed director Maria Zouves— as well as 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.
The 2017 edition of the festival included fully staged productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves, and Die Zauberflöte, directed by Joachim Schamberger, in the historic church of St. Simon and Jude. Both operas were then restaged for performances at the Große Saal of the world famous Mozarteum in Salzburg.
In addition orchestra students prepared and performed 3 different orchestra programs in Tábor, Prague, and Salzburg. Soloists for these performances included Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic and internationally recognized cellist, Amit Peled.
Additional concerts in Prague, Salzburg, and Tabor included 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 fully-staged operas with orchestral accompaniment, directed and coached by the renowned faculty of PSN. In addition, vocalists will also have the opportunity to participate in a fully staged scenes program and perform in a cabaret concert. All singers in the program will have coachings with the PSN faculty and will have opportunities to participate in career development workshops. 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 ensembles, chamber music, opera orchestra performances and private lessons. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in world-class venues and some of Europe’s most historic halls. The orchestra will also perform both festival operas. Instrumentalists will have the opportunity to play chamber music and have coachings and masterclasses from members of professional orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic. Instrumental musicians will also the opportunity to take private lessons from leading teachers from the Prague Conservatory, where Antonin Dvorak was once the director.