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Performer: Richard Samek

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PragueMartinů’s Ariane

© Petr Kadlec
Dvořák, Martinů
Czech Philharmonic; Tomáš Netopil; Jessica Muirhead; Zoltan Nagy; Richard Samek; Jozef Benci
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In Brno, a vital and resonant Jenůfa

Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) and Richard Samek (Števa) © Marek Olbrzymek
The Janáček Festival maintains its proud tradition with a brave eleventh-hour performance.
****1
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A dark distaff Turandot in Prague

Alžběta Poláčková (Liù) © Patrik Borecký
Slovak director Zuzana Gilhuus' serendipitous production could hardly be more timely.
***11
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A Dvořák revival fit for a king in Prague

Kateřina Kněžíková © Petra Hajská
Dvořák's failed King and Charcoal Burner gets a second chance and new life at his namesake festival.
****1
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In Prague, a radiant Dvořák Stabat Mater

René Pape © Petra Hajska
The Dvořákʼs Prague Festival opens with an upbeat treatment of one of the composer's masterworks.
****1
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Orpheus in the political underworld in Prague

Josef Moravec (Orphée) and Jana Sibera (Eurydice) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague's National Theater wraps its season with a wickedly funny revival of Offenbach's audacious operetta.
****1
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Dvořák’s Requiem at the Barbican

Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus grow in stature through an evening which provides a good introduction to the virtues of Dvořák’s seldom-played large scale choral work.
***11
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