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José Cura, Dagmar Pecková, Prague Philharmonic Coir, Prague Symphony Orchestra
(Zveřejněno 7. 2. 2016)
José Cura arrived to our choir house
Argentinean world-famous tenor José Cura visited our choir house as a choirmaster on Sunday, Febuary 7, 2016. Concerts will take place next week on Febuary 10 & 11, 2016 in Municipal House in Prague. Actualization: photos from the rehearsal
José Cura (born December 5, 1962 in Rosario, Argentina) is an Argentine operatic tenor, conductor, director, scenographer and photographer known for intense and original interpretations of opera characters, notably Otello in Verdi’s Otello, Samson in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Canio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Stiffelio in Giuseppe Verdi's Stiffelio and many others.
2007 saw the world-premiere of La Commedia è finita. The show, designed and directed by José Cura - in which he also sang the lead role of Canio - marked the beginning of his career as a director and scenographer. He followed this with his productions of Samson et Dalila at the Badisches Staatstheater in 2010 (in which he also sang the title role) as well as La Rondine at the Opéra national de Lorraine (in which he also conducted) and Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, both in 2012 - singing the roles of Turiddu and Canio in both as well.
On this occasion, the Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Residence, José Cura, will take on the roles of conductor, choirmaster and composer. The foremost Czech mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková has been invited to collaborate. Apart from compositions by two of Cura’s favourite composers, Sergei Rachmaninov and Ottorino Respighi, he will also conduct his own Magnificat, composed long before he became well-known. Let’s remind ourselves that in 2001 Mr. Cura recorded Rachmaninov’s monumental symphony to great acclaim.
Photos from the rehearsal:
Concerts on Febuary 10 & 11, 2016
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Vigil (selection)
OTTORINO RESPIGHI The Sunset
JOSÉ CURA Magnificat
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27
Dagmar PECKOVÁ | mezzo-soprano
PRAŽSKÝ FILHARMONICKÝ SBOR / PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
Lukáš VASILEK | choirmaster
KRÁLOVÉHRADECKÝ DĚTSKÝ SBOR JITRO / CZECH CHILDREN’S CHOIR JITRO
Jiří SKOPAL | choirmaster
SYMFONICKÝ ORCHESTR HL. M. PRAHY FOK / PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
José CURA | conductor
Please note that because of the live recording and broadcasting by the Czech Radio the audience is allowed to enter the hall only until 7:15 p.m.
The concerts are held under the auspices of the Embassy of Argentina in the Czech Republic.