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Oct 26, 2016 7:00 PM


A classical concert by Czech Opera singing sensations –Adam Plachetka and Petr Nekoranec featuring the work of Leoš Janáček.


Musicologist, Michael Beckerman will narrate the history of this prolific Czech composer. This conert is in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera who will be premiering Leoš Janáček opera, Jenůfa, on October 28, 2016. This concert is a delicious entrée for opera lovers who would like to brush up on their knowledge of the life and music of Janáček before attending one of the performances at The Metropolitan Opera.

Leoš Janáček (3 July 1854 – 12 August 1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style.

Until 1895 he devoted himself mainly to folkloristic research and his early musical output was influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvořák. His later, mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis, first evident in the opera Jenůfa, which was premiered in 1904 in Brno. The success of Jenůfa (often called the “Moravian national opera”) at Prague in 1916 gave Janáček access to the world’s great opera stages. Janáček’s later works are his most celebrated. They include operas such as Káťa Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen, the Sinfonietta, the Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba, two string quartets, and other chamber works. Along with Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, he is considered one of the most important Czech composers.


Adam Plachetka -Soloist

Adam Plachetka was educated at the conservatory in his native town of Prague. In addition to his many national competition victories, Adam won First Prize at the Antonín Dvořák`s International Vocal Competition.

In 2005 he made his debut at the National Theatre in Prague, since then he has appeared in Prague as Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Argante (Rinaldo) and Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte), among others.

In September 2010 Adam became a member of the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. After his debut as Schaunard (La bohéme), he moved on to roles such as Melisso (Alcina), Don Giovanni, Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Figaro, Guglielmo, Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Mustafá (L`Italiana in Algeri) and Alidoro (La Cenerentola).

Adam`s engagements include appearances at the Salzburger Festspiele, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Pražské jaro, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Festpielhaus Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne Festival, Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Carnegie Hall in New York,  Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Wigmore Hall in London and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

He has taken part in recordings for Arte, Arthaus Musik, Česká televize, Český rozhlas, Deutsche Grammophon, Mezzo, Naxos, Orfeo, ORF and Supraphon.

Adam performs under the baton of such conductors as Alain Altinoglu, Marco Armiliato, Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Bruno Campanella, John Fiore, Asher Fisch, Valery Gergiev, Friedrich Haider, Daniel Harding, Jakub Hrůša, Patrick Lange, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, John Nelson, Tomáš Netopil, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robin Ticciati or Franz Welser-Möst.




Petr Nekoranec -Soloist

Petr Nekoranec was born in 1992 in Nové Dvory, Czech Republic. He studied voice at the conservatory in Pardubice/Czech Republic with Jarmila Chaloupková and currently with Antonio Carangelo. 

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. In the 2013/14 season he sang Servitore in Mirandolina. Since the 2014/15 season he has been a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Opera Studio. While there, he has performed in the Opera Studio's production as the title role in Le Comte Ory by Gioachino Rossini. Among other roles, he has sung Albazar in Il turco in Italia and Parpignol in La bohème. This season he will sing the title role in Albert Herring (Opera Studio production) and will appear in Der Rosenkavalier, Un ballo in maschera and Ariadne auf Naxos on the National Theatre's stage.

Michael Beckerman- musicologist

Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music;
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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