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Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov, Photo: Libor Sváček

Náměstí Svornosti 2
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.

Antonio Gianettini: L’Ingresso alla Gioventù di Claudio Nerone

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21.09.2018   (Fr)   
22.09.2018   (Sa)   
23.09.2018   (Su)   

Barocque castle theater Hof-Musici

Contemporary world premiere of Baroque opera

Dramma per Musica
Libretto: Giambattista Neri

Festive opera presented in Modena in 1692 on the occasion of the marriage of
Francesco II d'Este and Margherita Farnese.

Antonio Gianettini (ca. 1648–1721) is a lesser known composer today, although in his time he was a renowned master and held important music positions in the important centers of what was then Italy. He received his musical education in Venice, and from 1674 he worked as a bass in the St. Mark Basilica choir, where he later gained the position as organist. At the same time, he was also the organist of another important Venice church, Santi Giovanni e Paolo. In addition to his ecclesiastical services, he was also an excellent opera composer – he wrote about ten operas for various Venetian theaters. From 1686 until his death, he was maestro di cappella of the Duke d'Este family in Modena. Mostly during the reign of Francesco II d'Este, Modena was a renowned center for opera and oratory production; the Duke’s orchestra (Cappella Ducale di Modena) brought together a number of outstanding composers, singers, and instrumentalists.

The festive opera L’Ingresso alla Gioventù di Claudio Nerone is one of Gianetti’s most important works. The theme is based on an episode of the ascent of Emperor Neron to power according to the accounts of the Roman historian Publia Cornelia Tacita. This theme, offering rich insights into court life and the political situation of the time, was very popular during the Baroque era. The well-known operas Monteverdiho L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Händel's Agrippina fall into this category today.

The basis for study of the opera is a handwritten score uniquely preserved in Modena (Biblioteca Estense Universitaria di Modena) and a copy of the libretto that also served as a program for the Modena performance in 1692, also stored there.

Soloists, Hof-Musici Baroque orchestra, stage direction and Baroque gesticulation Zuzana Vrbová, conducted from the harpsichord by Ondřej Macek.

Further Information: L’Ingresso alla Gioventù di Claudio Nerone [PDF 186 kB]

Musica da Camera e da Chiesa

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21.09.2018   (Fr) 19:00

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov

Baroque sacred and secular music from across Europe.
(M. Uccellini, A. Vivaldi, A. Mazák, J. J. Fux, H. Grimm, D. Buxtehude, F. Couperin)
Serpens Cantat (Brno)

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


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22.09.2018   (Sa) 13:00

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov

(J. K. Vaňhal, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven)
Ensemble Estatico Wien
(Elisabeth Riedel – violin, viola, Georg Riedel – clarinet, basset horn,
Hrvoje Jugovic – fortepiano)

Where: Column Hall in the former stables on the 1st castle courtyard, Zámek 232, Český Krumlov

Antonio Gianettini: L’Ingresso alla Gioventù di Claudio Nerone

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22.09.2018   (Sa) 17:00

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov

Repeat of performance from 21 Sept

Where: Castle Theatre, Český Krumlov

Angelic dialogues

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22.09.2018   (Sa) 19:00

Richard Šeda

Virtuoso music from the 17th century
Capella Ornamentata, Richard Šeda – cornett, artistic director

Where: Cloister of the former Minorite Monastery, Český Krumlov

Baroque Fireworks

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22.09.2018   (Sa) 21:00

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov

Theatrum Pyrotechnicum (Český Krumlov)

Where: Castle South Terrace, Český Krumlov

Cantiones Sacrae

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23.09.2018   (Su) 11:00

Baroque Arts Festival Český Krumlov

Motets from the eponymous collection by Heinrich Schütz dedicated to the Duke of Krummau Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg (1625) and music of 17th century Bohemia.
Vocal esemble Dyškanti (České Budějovice), artistic director Martin Horyna

Where: Corpus Christi monastery church, Český Krumlov

Antonio Gianettini: L’Ingresso alla Gioventù di Claudio Nerone

Dates From - To
23.09.2018   (Su) 17:00

Repeat of performance from 21 Sept

Where: Castle Theatre, Český Krumlov

Programme is subject to change.


About Festival of Baroque Arts

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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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