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First Musical Tones of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov Will Sound Next Week

The imaginary gates of the 17th International Music Festival Český Krumlov will open already next week. The first musical tones of the opening gala opera concert will sound on Friday 18 July at 7.30 pm in the Summer Castle Riding Hall. Opera singers from the Metropolitan Opera in New York who are also well known for their performances in other famous opera houses around the world will sing selected arias with the theme of love and death. The following singers will take the stage, accompanied by the Prague Chamber Philharmonics under the Dutch conductor Danile Raiskin: soprano Alison Bolshoi, baritone Richard Zeller and basso Eric Jordan. On the same day, at 9.30 pm, the preview of Verdi´s opera Power of Fate will take place in the Revolving Auditorium Theatre. Performing will also be stars from abroad, namely the South Korean soprano Khyunghye La, tenorist Raúl Melo and the conductor John Keenan. Both gentlemen also work with the Metropolitan Opera. There will be only six performances of this opera and this is the first example of the co-operation between the International Music Festival Český Krumlov and the South Bohemian Theatre. The viewers are in for not only an excellent performance by both local and international opera stars and a beautiful music, but also for unusual scenery of the opera.

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana, Castle South Terrace, 20.7.2007, International Music Festival Český Krumlov, source: © Auviex s.r.o., photo: Libor Sváček Pavel Šporcl, Joo Young Oh (South Korea) – violin,Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Amos Talmon (Israel), Castle Riding Hall, 21.7.2007, International Music Festival Český Krumlov, source: © Auviex s.r.o., photo: Libor Sváček Irish night, Brewery Garden, 11.8.2007, International Music Festival Český Krumlov, source: Auviex s.r.o., photo: Libor Sváček

Two concerts will take place during the first festival weekend in the Masqued Hall of the Castle. These concerts will be by the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by the Canadian conductor Kerry Stratton. The violin solos in the famous and popular pieces by Mozart, Vivaldi and Benda will be performed by young violin virtuosos who have already achieved recognition in the world. The South Korean violinist Ms. Ui-Youn Hong will also perform.

In the coming couple of weeks, the Festival will present its visitors a number of musical meetings of various genres performed by top artists. Here is a small sample on what is on offer: First Lady of the Clarinet Ms. Sharon Kam, piano virtuoso Martin Kasík, legendary American jazz trumpetist Bobby Shaw, guitar duo Katona Twins, world-famous flute player Sir James Galway and his wife Lady Jeanne, Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard, musical stars directly from Broadway and many others.

Previous visitors of the Festival already know of the magical and unrepeatable atmosphere of the concerts. Some concerts are even complemented with a gourmet experience. This year it will be the case during the Greek night where Martha and Tena Elefteriadu will perform among others.

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