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Dvorak – The Spectre's Bride at Municipal House in Prague

Prague, Municipal House (Obecní dum) — Smetana Hall

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In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of the opera by Dvorak at Prague's treasured and world‐renowned Municipal House Obecní dum.

Municipal House (Obecní dum)

The Municipal House is a popular Prague attraction and one of the most beautiful buildings in the Old Town, situated at Republic Square not far from the Powder Gate. In the Middle Ages the site housed the palace of the King of Bohemia,and was later used as a college, archbishop´s residence, and a military academy. The structure was eventually torn down, and in 1912 the new Municipal House was erected in the Art Nouveau style. Since opening, the Municipal House has been a glamorous location for festive balls, concerts, exhibitions and important meetings, including the declaration of Czechoslovak Independence in 1918.

Today the Municipal House is used primarily as a venue for classical concerts in Prague. Its main hall is named after famous Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, and serves as one of the principal stages for the Prague Spring International Music Festival. The hall can accommodate up to 1200 people and has unique acoustics. The architectural highlight of the Smetana Hall is a glass dome decorated with steel grids and stained glass, which is illuminated when darkness falls. A place of pilgrimage for many of the worlds greatest organists, the real jewel of the Municipal House is the great organ, its almost 5000 pipes crowned with Smetana´s portrait.


  • Dvořák, Antonín – Svatební Košile/ The Spectre's Bride/ Die Geisterbraut
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra

Today's Prague Symphony Orchestra was founded in the autumn of 1934 by the conductor and musical organizer Rudolf Pekárek. He defined the new ensemble's fields of activity with the words Film‐Opera‐Koncert, which as the abbreviation FOK became part of the orchestra's title. By recording music for the majority of Czech films in the 1930s and performing regularly in live broadcasts of Czechoslovak Radio the FOK Orchestra made a name for itself and its economic existence was assured. 

After many years of efforts by the orchestra's leadership starting in 1945, the City of Prague followed the model of other European cities and in 1952 established its own professional concert ensemble to represent the city. The traditional acronym "FOK" was retained, and the new title of the orchestra became Symphony Orchestra of the Capital City of Prague — FOK. In 1957 the orchestra departed on its first foreign tours — to Poland, Italy, Austria, and Germany — and thus inaugurated its regular and intensive engagement on the international scene.

Choir: Prague Philharmonic Choir
Soloist: Knezikova, Katerina

Kateřina Kněžíková was born in Bohumín in 1982, and graduated in 2007 from the Prague Conservatory of Music in the class of Professor Jiřina Přívratská. In 2005, she won the first place in the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Contest in Karlovy Vary as well as the Award of the National Theatre in Prague and the Moravian‐Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. In 2006 she participated in the summer International Festival in the German town of Rheinsberg. For that particular event she rehearsed the part of Ermione from Josef Mysliveček´s opera Antigona in co‐production with Prague’s National Theatre. For this part, an international jury and the Doppelfeld Foundation eventually offered the singer an opportunity to perform in Berlin.She launched her professional singing career in the F.X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec as a guest appearing in the role of Melia in W. A. Mozart´s opera Apollon and Hyacinth and in the part of Margaret in Charles Gounod´s opera Faust. She also gives guest appearances in the Moravian‐Silesian Theatre in Ostrava (appearing in the part of Nannetta in Giuseppe Verdi´s opera Falstaff, and of Esmeralda in Bedřich Smetana´s opera The Bartered Bride), in the National Theatre in Brno and the National Theatre in Prague where she rehearsed the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride) and Barče (The Kiss by Bedřich Smetana). In 2007, she accepted the permanent engagement in the National Theatre in Prague. She sings the part of Papagena (W.A. Mozart´s Magic Flute) and the part of Zuzana (Le nozze di Figaro).

Conductor: Brauner, Tomáš
Conductor: Vasilek, Lukas
Baritone: Sem, Svatopluk
Tenor: Samek, Richard


Municipal House (Obecní dum), 5 Republic Square (Namesti republiky 5), Prague, Czech Republic — Google Maps

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