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    Giordano: Andrea Chénier

    28 May - Yusif Eyvazov again in Prague

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    Hänsel und Gretel

    An Opera for the entire family at the Karlín Music Theatre

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    Kašlík: Krakatit

    Last performance on 15 June

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Štefan Kocán
Internationally acclaimed Slovenian operatic bass Štefan Kocán studied classical voice at the University of Music in Bratislava. He continued his studies at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna under the supervision of Yevgeny Nesterenko. From 2002-2006, he embarked on his professional career in the Landestheater in Linz. He sang leading roles such as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Filippo in Don Carlos, Banco in Macbeth, Osmin Die Entfuhrung as dem Serail in or Kecal in the Bartered Bride. During the years from 2006- 2008 he was part of the opera ensemble at the Theatre Basel in Switzerland. He is famous for his portrayals of Mephisto, Filippo, Osmin, and adding to his repertoire the role of Roi de Trefle in The love of three Oranges. Engagements elsewhere later brought him to the Metropolitan Opera in New York where he made his debut as Il Re in Aida. Since then he performs there regularly (Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Ramfis in Aida and The Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos.

He also regularly returns to the National Theatre in Prague, where he has performed the role of Water Goblin in Rusalka and of Mephistopheles in Boito's opera of the same name.
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Yusif Eyvazov
Tenor Yusif Eyvazov grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan and received his musical education at the Baku Academy of Music. In 1997, he moved to Italy and continued his studies there. Eyvazov’s repertory comprises the role of Canio in Pagliacci conducted by Placido Domingo in Los Angeles Opera House. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Kalaf in Puccini’s Turandot. He also performed the same role at Vienna State Opera under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. The audience in Berlin and Paris had a chance to see him as Manrico in Il Trovatore. In St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater he played the role of Otello. In August 2016 as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Eyvazov introduces himself for the first time at the Salzburg Festival, alongside with Anna Netrebko. He will begin the upcoming season season 2017/2018 in La Scala, Milan portraying the role of Andrea Chénier. He introduced himself to the audience of the National Theatre in this very role this January.

Prague audience will also have a unique opprotunity to see him in the role of Kalaf in Puccini’s famous Turandot. 
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Adam Plachetka
Prague native, Adam Plachetka studied Prague conservatory at professor Luděk Lobl and HAMU also in Prague. In addition to his many national competition victories, Adam won First Prize at the Antonín Dvořák`s International Vocal Competition. In 2005 he made his debut at the National Theatre in Prague as baritone in Tome Johnson’s opera. Since then he has appeared in Prague as Don Giovanni, Figaro, Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Argante (Rinaldo) etc. In september 2010 Adam became a member of the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. After his debut as Schaunard (La bohéme), he moved on to roles such as Melisso (Alcina), Don Giovanni, Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Figaro or Alidoro (La Cenerentola). Adam`s engagements include appearances at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The Prague audience will have the opportunity to see him in Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro in the upcoming season.

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Pavel Černoch
Although Pavel Černoch has experienced in recent years quite a few significant achievements on the opera stages all over the world, he established himself as the most popular Czech opera tenors. He studied at the Janacek Academy in Brno. He made his debut as a member of the famed Cantilena Chamber Choir. Later he went on to continue his vocal studies in Italy with Paolo de Napoli, who remains his mentor today. Černoch made his professional debut in his native city in The Magic Flute.This was followed by his appearances in Viena, Graz, Riga, Seville, Düsseldorf, Warsaw and Prague. He frequetly appears as a guest in the acclaimed opera houses in the world: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Deutsche Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki. His repertory comprises the role of Alfredo (La Traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Števa in Jenůfa, Prince (Rusalka) and Jenik (The Bartered bride).

He introduced himself to the Prague audience this year as Faust in a concert performance of Berlioz's opera The Damnation of Faust. Prague spectators can see him again the following season as Jeník in The Bartered Bride.
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Edita Gruberová
Phenomenal soprano and the honorary member of the Vienna State Opera, Edita Gruberová, comes from Bratislava, where she made her debut as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. In 1970 she was hired by the Vienna State Opera, where she debuted as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Her performance secured her almost immediately in Vienna permanent engagement. Edita Gruberová’s big break came with the role of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss in 1976. Then her performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Milan's La Scala, the Royal Opera House in London, the Paris Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and many others followed.

In Vienna she sang more than 45 roles and appeared in more than 600 performances. These include particular roles in operas by Bellini and Donizetti, as well as Mozart's Donna Anna, Queen of the Night and Konstanze, Rossini's Rosina, the title role in Massenet's Manon, Aminta by Strauss and Fiakermilli and Adele (Die Fledermaus). She gradually gained other Verdi‘s roles (Violetta, Gilda).

In the autumn of 2016, she toured Japan with the State Opera company, performing the title role in Norma. With this very role she comes back in May 2018 at the National Theatre, Prague. 
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Keri- Lynn Wilson 
Canadian female conductor has in her repertoire mainly opera and symphonic music. Wilson studied conducting, flute, piano and violin at the Juilliard School. During her studies she first appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. From 1994 to 1998, she was associate conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Wilson became chief conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013, the first female chief conductor in the orchestra's history. The listeners of the classical music may know her from the leading stages of European cities, such as Vienna State Opera, where she conducted operas Madame Butterfly and La Traviata. Wilson is a frequent guest at major opera houses: Montreal, Bavarian State Opera, Warsaw's Royal Opera in Sweden and Vienna State Opera.

In the 2017/2018 season, she will be introduced to the Prague audience while conducting Dvořak’s Rusalka.
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