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Performer: Collegium 1704


The Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 ensembles were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005. Since 2007, Collegium 1704 has been regular guest at festivals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany – mainly promoting work of Czech baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. In 2008, they began the Prague-Dresden Musical Bridge concert series, which continues the rich cultural traditions of the two cities. Collaboration with the renowned soloists Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux, and Bejun Mehta naturally led, in 2012, to a second concert series, called Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum, held at the Rudolfinum in Prague. With Handel’s Rinaldo (directed by Louise Moaty), Collegium 1704 achieved successes at the National Theatre in Prague, and at opera houses in Versailles, Caen, Rennes and Luxembourg.

The year of 2013 was devoted to rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, whose opera l’Olimpiade (directed by Ursel Herrmann) was presented by Collegium 1704 in Prague, Caen, Dijon, Luxembourg, Theater an der Wien and nominated for The International Opera Awards. There has been important festival and concert appearances in the recent past, which include Konzerthaus Wien, Lucerner Festival, MA Brugge, Musikfest Stuttgart and Tage Alter Musik in Herne and BOZAR (Palais des Beaux-Arts) in Brussels. Moreover, Collegium 1704 is also going to perform at the Salzburger Festspiele, Chopin Festival, Wratislavia Cantans and as residential ensemble at the prestigious Oude Muziek Utrecht and Bachfest Leipzig.

Radio and television stations throughout Europe broadcast many Collegium 1704 concerts live and recorded. In 2014, Collegium 1704 and Vaclav Luks collaborated with Bejun Mehta on a DVD project of Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice and a BBC Two documentary “Mozart in Prague”, starred by Ronaldo Villazon. Its recordings on the Accent, Zig-Zag Territoires and Supraphon labels are continuously acclaimed by the general public and music critics alike (Diapason d'Or, The Gramophone Awards nomination etc.). In September 2013, the long-awaited Collegium 1704 recording of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor was issued. The most current is their recording of vocal works by J. D. Zelenka and F. I. A. Tůma by Supraphon.

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LeipzigBrandenburgische Konzerte 1

Bach, Torelli
Collegium 1704; Václav Luks; Julia Sophie Wagner; Xenia Löffler; Vittorio Ghielmi

LeipzigBrandenburgische Konzerte 2

Collegium 1704; Václav Luks; Julia Sophie Wagner

SalzburgSan Giovanni Battista – Collegium 1704 · Luks

Stradella: San Giovanni Battista
Václav Luks; Christophe Dumaux; Giulia Semenzato; Krešimir Stražanac; Krystian Adam
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Sara Mingardo leads a strong cast in Hamburg Ulisse

Sara Mingardo (Penelope) © Monika Rittershaus
Willy Decker's production, presented in Zürich in 2014, is revived at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with most of the same cast
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Anna Bonitatibus in regal form as Semiramide

Anna Bonitatibus at Wigmore Hall © Minjaš Žugić
An exhilarating evening of rarities and novelty from Anna Bonitatibus.
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Andreas Scholl and Collegium 1704 in Prague

Andreas Scholl and Collagium 1704 © Pražské jaro| Zdeněk Chrapek
Andreas Scholl and Collegium 1704 team up for a refreshing treatment of an early repertoire.
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Resplendent holiday celebration in Prague

Katharina Andres © Petra Hajsk
Collegium 1704 serves up a sumptuous Christmas confection with lush cantatas drawn from the dark pages of European history.
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New Year's Day comes early in Utrecht

Václav Luks and Collegium 1704 © Michal Adamovský
New Year’s Day falls at the end of August in Utrecht! We gather, we drink, we kiss, we wish each other well while opening the Festival of Early Music.
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