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Feb 23, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM






FEBRUARY 23, 7PM in the Ballroom

Join us for the closing night of our month-long celebration of Dvořák’s Rusalka. Petr Nekoranec, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and winner of the Placido Domingo Prize for Best Tenor, and international award winning soprano Kristýna Kůstková perform Dvořák’s Art Songs. Giuseppe Mentuccia accompanies on piano. Musicologist Michael Beckerman will moderate the evening. The performers will also be performing a song by composer Jiří Trtík.

Petr Nekoranec and Giuseppe Mentuccia appear by kind permission of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.


  1. Široké rukávy a široké gate by Petr Nekoranec

  2. Žalo dievča, žalo trávu by Kristýna Kůstková

  3. Rozloučení by Petr Nekoranec and Kristýna Kůstková

  4. Kol´domu se teď potácím by Petr Nekoranec

  5. V té sladké moci očí tvých by Kristýna Kůstková

  6. Já vím, že v sladké naději by Petr Nekoranec

  7. Chudoba by Petr Nekoranec and Kristýna Kůstková

  8. Ó naší lásce nekvete to vytoužené štěstí by Petr Nekoranec & Kristýna Kůstková

  9. Dobrú noc, má milá by Petr Nekoranec

  10. Ach není tu by Kristýna Kůstková

  11. Má píseň zas mi láskou zní by Petr Nekoranec

  12. Ó duše drahá jedinká by Kristýna Kůstková

  13. Proměny by Petr Nekoranec and Kristýna Kůstková

  14. A les je tichý by Petr Nekoranec

  15. Vure šuhaj vure by Petr Nekoranec and Kristýna Kůstková

  16. My cizinou jsme bloudili by Petr Nekoranec and Kristýna Kůstková composed by Jiří Trtík


Petr Nekoranec - Tenor

Petr Nekoranec is a tenor in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. His 2014-2016 career highlights include: Opera Studio, title roles in Albert Herring, and Le Comte Orly, and Servitore in Martinu's Mirandolina; on the National Theatre's stage: Parpignol in Labohème, Albazar in Il turco in Italia, the Animal Trainer in Der Rosenkavalier, and an Officer inAriadne auf Naxos.

In 2012 he sang Vašek (Die verkaufte Braut) at the National Theatre of Prague under the direction of Jan Chalupecký. In 2013 he performed as Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri) at the Teatro Nuovo in Torino. With the Coro Filarmonico Veneto and the Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta he appeared on the concert stage in Mozart's requiem and the coronation mass.

Kristýna Kůstková - Soprano

Soprano singer Kristýna Kůstkova is a fourth-year student of classical singing at the Pardubice Conservatory of Music in the class of Jarmila Chaloupkova, and also cooperates with Italian pedagogue Antonio Carangelo.

Since an early age she was a member and soloist of the Children’s Opera Prague, with whom she participated in numerous tours. She has recorded several CDs and music educational pragrammes for the state-owned Czech Television and has performed in projects on stage at the Czech National Theatre in The Bartered Bride (Esmeralda), The Little Sweep (Tina), Mozart's Leporelo (Susanna, Zerlina), etc.

She cooperates in concerts with famous czech orchestras, the ensemble BAROCCO SEMPRE GIOVANE and personalities such as Vaclav Hudeček and Štefan Margita. In 2016 she made her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Moravian Theatre.

She has won numerous competitions: 1st prizes in the International Singing Competition Prague Singer, Duškova Competition, Singing Competition in Olomouc (the title of Laureate and the Prize of artistic head of the Moravian Theatre), Antonin Dvořak International Competition and 1st prize and Prize for the absolut winner in the Contest of Conservatories (2016).

Jiří Trtík - Composer

Jiří Trtík is a composer and conductor currently working towards his Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the studio of Keith Fitch. Before, he had studied composition and conducting at the Prague Conservatory. Jiří Trtík is one of the most significant young characters of the contemporary Czech composers.

He received a number of commissions by well-known ensembles and his compositions are regularly performed by professional interpreters and ensembles in Czech Republic and around the world. Jiří Trtík is also the author of the music for several movies and theatre performances, which were presented at popular festivals, cinemas and television channels. He has actively participated in a number of international competitions and master-classes.

In June 2017, he will be conducting the premiere of his composition Flashing lights for large orchestra in Rudolfinum Concert Hall in Prague. Jiří Trtík actively writes his blog about music and he organizes beneficent concerts.

Michael Beckerman – Musicologist

Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, New York University; 
B. A. 1973, Hofstra University; M. Ph., 1978; M. A., 1976; Ph.D. 1982, Columbia.

Areas of Research/Interest 
Czech and Eastern European music; Musical Form and Meaning; Film Music; Music of the Roma (Gypsies); Music and War; Music in the Concentration Camps; Jewish Music; Music and Disability

External Affiliations 
Leonard Bernstein Scholar in Residence, New York Philharmonic, 2016-17; International Board of Governors, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, 2013-; Board of Directors, Czech Center, NY 2010-15; Vice-President, DAHA (Dvorák American Heritage Association) 2009-; Vice-President, American Musicological Society, 2010-12; Chairman, Jury for the International Melodrama Competition, Prague, 2006; Director of Research, OREL Foundation 2006-2008; Research Adviser, 2009- ; Board Member, Stanford Humanities Center; Board Member, IREX

Honorary Doctorate, Palacký University, Czech Republic, 2014. Golden Dozen Teaching Award, NYU 2013. George Estabrook Distinguished Alumnus Award, Hofstra University 2012. ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 2006. Order of Merit, Czech Parliament, 2004. ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 2004. Honorary Board if the Janácek Foundation, 2003. Special Citation from the Czech Parliament, 2003. Laureate of the Czech Music Council, 2000. Medal of the Dvorák Society, 1991. Medal of the Martinu Society, 1990. Janácek Medal of the Czech Ministry of Culture, 1988.

Select Publications
Books: Martinů's Mysterious Accident, ed., 2007 Pendragon Press. Janáček and His World, ed. Princeton University Press, 2003. New Worlds of Dvořák. W.W. Norton. 2003. Janáček and Czech Music, ed. Michael Beckerman andGlen Bauer, Pendragon Press, 1995. Janáček the Theorist. Pendragon Press, 1994. Dvořák and His World, ed. Princeton University Press, 1993.



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Feb 23, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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