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38101 Český Krumlov
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After centuries, the timeless works of Baroque artists - architects and music composers - meet once again to create a one-of-a-kind cultural event. The town's authentic historical premises resound with the tones of contemporary music: Sacral music echoes through the monastery church and the unique Baroque Castle Theatre becomes a stage for operas.

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20. - 22. 9. 2019
18. - 20. 9. 2020

Johann Adolf Hasse: Demofoonte

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20.09.2019   (Fr)   Order 18:00 - 21:45
21.09.2019   (Sa)   Order 17:00 - 20:45
22.09.2019   (Su)   Order 17:00 - 20:45

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Modern world premiere of Baroque opera
First performance: Venice, Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo, 26 December 1748

Johann Adolf Hasse (1699–1783): Demofoonte
Dramma per Musica

Libretto: Pietro Metastasio

Performed by:
Soloists, Hof-Musici Baroque orchestra
stage direction and Baroque gestures by Zuzana Vrbová
directed from the harpsichord by Ondřej Macek

Length of the performance: about 3 hous (+ break 2x 20 Minutes)

JOHANN ADOLF HASSE (1699–1783), known throughout all of Europe’s cultural scene from the 1730’s to the 1770’s under the nickname Il Sassone (the Saxon), is one of the most distinguished composers of Italian opera during the late Baroque. For four decades, an exceptionally long period of popularity, his works were enthusiastically received at noble courts and in the most famous opera theaters of Italy and north of the Alps. The fact that he disappeared into nearly complete oblivion in the 19th and 20th centuries is thus all the more surprising. In 1922, French writer and musicologist Romain Rolland described this disappearance as one of the worst injustices in the history of music.

The author of the libretto for the opera Demofoonte is the most important Italian dramatist of the 18th century, the imperial court poet PIETRO METASTASIO (1698–1782). This Dramma per Musica was first set by Antonio Caldara in 1733. By the end of the 18th century, it had been set to music more than seventy times. Hasse’s version was first performed in Dresden in the spring of 1748; the second, slightly revised version of the opera then premiered in Venice’s Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo on 26 December 1748.

The Baroque ensemble HOF-MUSICI, in cooperation with the Festival of Baroque Arts Český Krumlov, has been approaching Hasse’s works comprehensively. In 2007–2014, the ensemble presented four of Hasse’s full-length operas in the Český Krumlov castle theater; the operas had not been previously performed from the time of their creation (Semele, Tito Vespasiano, Enea in Caonia, Ipermestra).

Where: Castle Theatre, V. castle courtyard, V. zámecké nádvoří, Český Krumlov

Passacalli della Vita

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20.09.2019   (Fr)   Order 19:00

Lucie Rozsnyó, Miloslav Študent

Virtues & Vices in Italian sacred music of the 17th century.

Lucie Rozsnyó – soprano, Miloslav Študent – lute, theorbo, Baroque guitar

Entry: 350 CZK

Where: Great Hall of the former Convent of St Clare, Latrán 55, Český Krumlov

Classical string quartets on period instruments

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21.09.2019   (Sa)   Order 13:00

Fibonacci Kwartet

W. A. Mozart, J. M. Kraus, L. van Beethoven

Fibonacci Kwartet (Poland)

Entry: 550 CZK

Where: Column Hall in the former stables on the 1st castle courtyard, I. zámecké nádvoří, Český Krumlov

From the Chalumeau to the Basset horn

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21.09.2019   (Sa)   Order 19:00

Calamus Consort

A walk through the music of the 18th century with differents types
of single-reed woodwind instruments.

Calamus Consort (Austria)

Entry: 550 CZK

Where: Main hall of the Regional Museum (former Jesuit seminary), Horní 152, Český Krumlov

Baroque Fireworks and Baroque Illumination

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21.09.2019   (Sa)   Order 21:00

Baroque Fireworks

Theatrum Pyrotechnicum (Český Krumlov)

Entry: 200 CZK

Where: Summer Riding School in the Castle Gardens, Zámecká zahrada, Český Krumlov

Music of the Piarist composers

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22.09.2019   (Su)   Order 11:00

Ensemble Damian

Church music composed in Baroque Bohemia by the members of the Piarist Order.

Ensemble Damian, artistic director Tomáš Hanzlík

Entry: 450 CZK

Where: Corpus Christi monastery church, Latrán 55, Český Krumlov

About Festival of Baroque Arts

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov Festival of Baroque Arts, Photo Libor Sváček

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov was launched in 2008 in Český Krumlov. The principal impulse was based on the 12-year long efforts of the Festival dramaturgist, Mr. Ondřej Macek, to explore the original Baroque operas staged in the Czech lands in the firs half of the 18th century.
This expert research was crowned in 2007 by the discovery of a lost Vivaldi opera named "Agrippo" which was later festively staged in semi-scenic setting on 3 May 2008 on the Prague Castle (Spanish Hall) under the auspices of Mrs. Livie Klausová.

There is no other theatre building better prepared and placed for an original adaptation of a Baroque opera than the Castle Baroque theatre in Český Krumlov. In order to make the festive premiere of "Agrippo" in Český Krumlov more attractive to the media, to the sponsors and especially to visitors, the premiere programme was enlarged to include additional concerts and the entire project was named Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov.

Opera is a genre typical for the Baroque period, linking all notable period arts (music, poetry, visual art, scenic movement and dance). Most of the Festival takes places in the Castle theatre. The Festival exclusivity is further enhanced by the fact that it stages only previously unpublished operas or operas not staged in modern times. An elaborate research in Austrian, German and Italian archives helps discover interesting titles. The opera premieres in a semi-scenic setting each May in Prague and in a full scenic setting in October in Český Krumlov.

The Festival concept is based around staging Baroque operas according to today's possibilities with as much authenticity in the presentation as possible. A team of researchers associated in the Hofmusici ensemble prepares a modern age premiere of a new Baroque opera each year. A civic association Festivaly Český Krumlov looks after the media and sponsor relations.


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