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Performer: Svatopluk Sem

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ViennaVienna Symphony Orchestra & Jakub Hrůša

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Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Kateřina Kněžíková; Alžběta Poláčková; Svatopluk Sem
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Unbearable injustice: Prague State Opera's hard-hitting Butterfly

Olga Busuoic (Cio Cio San) © Hana Smejkalová
Jiři Herman’s staging is authentically Japanese and focuses on the deliberate injustice of Butterfly's treatment, with strong performances in the lead roles.
***11
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In Prague, an orchestra in transition

Jakub Hrůša, Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Czech Philharmonic © Petra Hajská
After blazing new trails abroad, the Czech Philhamonic keeps its hometown fans happy with a rousing return to form.
****1
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A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Smetana's Libuše makes a timely reappearance in Prague.
***11
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Singing carries the show in new Prague Ballo

Veronika Hajnová (Madame Arvidson) © Patrik Borecký
The National Theatre opens its new season with a Verdi favorite short on substance but lovely to hear.
***11
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Raising Czech music to celestial Bohemian heights

Jakub Hrůša © V. Krsul
The effervescent conductor took six little-known Czech works into another ether: one in which the footprints are invisible.
*****
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Keeping modern music alive at Prague Spring

Dennis Russell Davies © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
With expert assistance from Dennis Russell Davies, the overlooked Brno Philharmonic makes the most of a contemporary cantata.
****1
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