Chamber Music Stars with Štěpánka Pučálková in the Municipal House
25 February 2020 from 7:30 pm
Municipal House, Smetana Hall
The star soloist of the Dresden Semper Opera, Štěpánka Pučálková, will be making her solo debut in Prague on February 25th, 2020 in Smetana Hall of The Municipal House as a part of the exceptional concert series Chamber Music Stars, making it the event of the season.
Chamber Music Stars series with the subtitle “Love in Music” will offer concerts with top Czech and foreign artists. The connecting link for all concerts will be a sole person – a renowned piano virtuoso and conductor, Lukáš Klánský. “Love is part of life and music authors have recognized that for ages. Through their work we want to show our audience various forms of love and its metamorphosis with all of its emotions. I would like to invite everyone to choose a concert most appealing to them and to come and enjoy it with us.” says Lukáš Klánský.
At this concert, Lukáš Klánský will take the role of a conductor and a piano soloist. Alongside, the mezzo-soprano Štěpánka Pučálková will be introducing herself in a solo debut in Smetana Hall of the Prague Municipal House. “I consider Štěpánka one of the world’s most distinctive mezzo-sopranos of the upcoming generation,” states Dalibor Zurinek, the creative director from the organizing agency Live City, as to why the choice of the second concert of the Love in Music chamber series was clear from the beginning.“What else could better express love than a woman’s voice”. Another highlight of this concert is the Prague Chamber Soloists orchestra, led by vilolin virtuoso Jan Mráček. He and Lukáš Klánský are also associates in the Lobkowicz Trio, all over making the concert as the top event of the season.
Besides Štěpánka Pučálková and resident artist Lukáš Klánský, a distinguished German barytone, Christoph Pohl, will appear at the concert and the program will feature works by W. A. Mozart and G. Rossini.
W. A. Mozart
Concert d moll for piano and orchestra KV 466
W. A. Mozart
Prologue to the opera The Marriage of Figaro
Aria by Count „Hai già vinta la causa”
Aria by Cherubino „Voi che sapete“
Duet Susanna and Figaro „Cinque, dieci, venti“
W. A. Mozart
Prologue to the opera Cosi fan tutte
Aria Dorabella „Smanie implacabile”
Duet Dorabella and Guglielmo „Il core vi dono”
Prologue to the opera Il barbiero di Seviglia
Aria Rosina „Una voce poco fa”
Arie Figaro „Largo al factotum“
Duet Rosina and Figaro „Dunque io son”
Mezzosoprano Štěpánka Pučálková graduated from Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg under the leadership of Univ. Prof. KS Elisabeth Wilke. At the same time she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann medal from the organization Stiftung Mozarteum. In 2015 she was a finalist of the international singing competition Hans Gabor Belvedere in Amsterdam. She took part in the international singing competition Concours International de Belcanto Vincenzo Bellini in Marseille, where she received the “Prize for the Best Female Voice”. In the summer of 2013 she performed at the Salzburger Festspiele as Lehrbube (Meistersinger von Nürnberg) under the baton of Daniele Gatti and under the direction of Stefan Herheim. Last year she performed at the prestigious 50th year of the Salzburg Easter Festival in the role of Siegrune (Die Walküre) under the baton of conductor and artistic director of the festival Christian Thielemann, with the accompaniment of the Staatskapelle Dresden and under the direction of Vera Nemirová. In January of this year she made an appearance at the Mozart’s Birthday concert at the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo) under the baton of maestro Plácido Domingo. From the 2018/2019 season she is a soloist of the Semper Oper in Dresden.
A thirty-year-old musician who is one of the most important and sought-after pianists of the young generation. He has won awards in many international competitions and is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. As a member of the Lobkowicz Trio, he won the first prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Portschach, Austria in 2014. Pianist Lukáš Klánský performs with leading Czech orchestras and also teaches at the High School and Music School of the City of Prague.
Pohl studied singing at the Hanover Hochschule für Musik und Theater and was a member of the Hamburg State Opera Studio 2003–5. In 2005 he joined the ensemble of Semperoper Dresden, where his roles have included Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Posa, Valentin (Faust), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Wolfram von Eschinbach (Tannhäuser), Šanda (Weinberger’s Šanda the Bagpiper), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Marcello (La bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Spielmann (Königskinder), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Count Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Eugene Onegin and Olivier and the Count (Capriccio). Other engagements include Agamemnon/Thoas (Iphigénie en Aulide et Tauride) for Theater an der Wien, Wolfram for the BBC Proms, Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Johannes and Wolfram for Deutsche Oper Berlin and in Eötvös’s Die Tragödie des Teufels for Bavarian State Opera. Pohl appears regularly in concert and recital around the world. His recordings include songs by Mahler, Liszt, Pizzetti and Rihm.
Pražští komorní sólisté
Chamber orchestra represented by top players, soloists, chamber players and members of leading Czech orchestras, has been performing since 2013 in its renewed premiere under the artistic lead, conductor and a horn player Radek Baborák. Jan Mráček, the leading Czech violinist, has been the concert master and artistic director of the orchestra since the 2019/20 season. The ensemble regularly hosts Czech and foreign stages with top compositions from the Baroque period to contemporary music.