Hope I. - 23 February 2023, 7.30 pm
Church of St. Simon and Judas
Opening concert "Terezín 1943"
Giuseppe Verdi - Requiem
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Petr Fiala – choir master
Tomáš Brauner – conductor
Helena Fialová – piano
Jan Siber – soprano
Jana Sýkorová – alto
Tomáš Černý – tenor
Jozef Benci – bass
Rafael Schächter was a Czechoslovak composer, pianist and conductor of Jewish origin who actively participated in the cultural life of the Terezin ghetto. Thanks to his unrelenting desire to perform his beloved music, which did not leave him even in the tragic moments of his life, unrepeatable performances of The Marriage of Figaro, The Bartered Bride or Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem were created. In the case of Verdi's magnum opus, it was the biggest musical project to take place in Terezín, and in 2023 we are commemorating 80 years since the Terezín performance. Modern reruns of this thematic program, including a screening of the film Defiant Requiem, took place in Terezín as part of the MHF Prague Spring and also in the Cathedral of St. Welcome, but always in a symphonic version, i.e. accompanied by an orchestra. At the Eternal Hope festival, we will present a historical reconstruction of the Terezín performance, which was performed sixteen times only accompanied by a piano. It will be an emotionally charged evening in a supremely professional performance. The concert will feature one of the best European choral ensembles, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (choirmaster Petr Fiala) under the leadership of FOK Chief Conductor Tomáš Brauner. The soloists of the evening will be Jana Sibera, Tomáš Černý, Jana Sýkorová and Jozef Benci. This concert takes place on the 210th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi.
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno is not only in the Czech, but also in the world context, the absolute top in the field of choral art. The conductors, orchestras and soloists with whom the choir has worked so far speak of it in superlatives. Professional critics appreciate, above all, the compact sound and the wide range of means of expression that it has. The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (founded in 1990) performs at all prestigious European festivals and important concerts and always manages to captivate the audience with its extraordinary musical sensibility.
Its founder, choirmaster and director Petr Fiala (1943) is responsible for the ensemble's success. He graduated from the Brno Conservatory and JAMU (piano, composition, conducting), and is the author of one hundred and eighty compositions. He has been a choirmaster and conductor for more than fifty years.
The choir focuses on oratorio, cantata and opera repertoire. Thanks to its quality, it performs over ninety concerts at home and abroad every year. He works with the world's best orchestras and conductors.
The choir has an extensive discography and has won numerous awards: In 2007, it received two major European awards – Echo Klassik for Ensemble of the Year 2007 (performance of Bruckner motets) and Record of the Year 2007 for Liszt's oratorio Christus. The choir also collects awards on other continents - in September 2011, the Japanese music-critic magazine Geijutsu Disc Review awarded it the prestigious Tokusen award for its live recording of Dvořák's Requiem. The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno is the recipient of the prestigious Classic Prague Awards in the Vocal Performance category for 2019.
The second choirmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Choir in Brno is Michael Dvořák.
The activities of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno are financially supported by the South Moravian Region, the statutory city of Brno and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The general partner of the Czech Philharmonic Choir in Brno is TESCAN ORSAY HOLDING, a. s.
Opera soloist of the National Theater in Prague, recent recipient of the Thalia Award, Jana Sibera is one of the most sought-after performers in the soprano field in our country. She graduated from the Prague State Conservatory and the Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She regularly performs in the roles of Violetta (Traviata), Manon, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Lucia di Lammermoor, Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Ophelia (Hamlet), Fox the Fox, Terinka ( Jakobín), Blaženka (The Secret), Mařenka (The Bartered Bride), Michaela (Carmen), Marie (Daughter of the Regiment) and many others. He is a regular guest of the Moravian-Silesian National Theater in Ostrava. She was twice nominated for the Thalia Award, for the role of Ophelia and Violetta. She successfully performed the role of Ophelia at the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden and the title role of Violetta in La Traviata at the Irish National Opera in Dublin. She cooperates with all important orchestras in the Czech Republic and has completed several tours in Japan, Korea and China. Jana Sibera became the only guest on Jonas Kaufmann's profile CD for Decca.
Slovak bass player Jozef Benci graduated from the Conservatory and the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava under Sergej Kopčák. Since 2007, he has regularly performed as a soloist at the SND Opera in Bratislava and the National Theater in Prague, as well as with the Czech Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic and Brno Philharmonic. His most prominent roles include Collin in Puccini's Bohème, Vodník in Dvořák's Rusalka, Ferrando in Verdi's Troubadour, Sarastro in Mozart's The Magic Flute or Mephisto in Gounod's Faust or Lucifer in Dvořák's opera The Devil and the Duck. In 2011, he participated in a concert performance of Smetana's Bartered Bride in London in the role of Kecal under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. At the 2011 Bratislava Music Festival, he performed to excellent acclaim in a joint singing recital with Edita Gruberová. His concert work in the bass parts of Janáček (Glagolská mše), Dvořák (Stabat Mater, Requiem, Svatá Ludmila) or Verdi (Requiem) is also significant. So far, he has performed in the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, France, Romania, Italy, Austria, Poland and Germany. In 2019, he recorded a CD of Russian romances for Supraphon. For the same label in 2014, in collaboration with Tomáš Netopil and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the bass part of the Glagolitic Mass. Last year he also performed with great success as a soloist of the bass part of the Glagolitic Mass at the concerts of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Hrůš. In autumn 2022, he participated in the role of King Hydraota in the production of Dvořák's opera Armida as part of the festival in Wexford, Ireland.
Choirmaster and conductor PETR FIALA studied at the Brno Conservatory (piano, composition, conducting) and graduated from JAMU in 1971 in the class of prof. Jan Kapra. In addition to teaching (he was a professor at the Brno Conservatory) and composition (he is the author of almost 200 compositions), he has been intensively engaged in choirmaster and conducting activities for more than 50 years. As a composer and conductor, Petr Fiala is a laureate of a number of national and international competitions, works as a lecturer in conducting courses and as a member of international juries. He is invited as a guest conductor to our and foreign orchestras and choirs when performing vocal-instrumental compositions. In 1990, he founded the Czech Philharmonic Choir in Brno, which under his leadership has developed into one of the best choral ensembles in Europe. In 2009, he received the Order of Cyril and Methodius from the Czech Bishops' Conference for excellent results in the field of conducting and composing. In 2013, Petr Fiala received the City of Brno Award in the field of music for long-term artistic activity and representation of the city of Brno, and in 2016 the South Moravian Region Award for significant representation of the South Moravian Region in the field of culture.
The renowned Czech tenor Tomáš Černý has performed as a guest on domestic and foreign opera stages, e.g. in 2013 as the prince in Dvořák's Rusalka at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, in 2012 in cooperation with the European Opera House of the Year in 2009 and 2010 Theater Basel (Janáčkova Káťa Kabanová), then as the prince in Dvořák's Rusalka in Opernhaus Zürich (2010) or Lacu Klemena from Janáček's Její pastorinky at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, directed by Calixto Bieit (2008).
Abroad, Tomáš Černý is considered a specialist in Czech, especially Dvořák's concert repertoire - the recording of Dvořák's Requiem (ArcoDiva) won the prestigious Japanese Tokusen award in 2011. He is the recipient of the Thalia Award 2000 for the leading role in Lehár's Land of Smiles and the Libuška Award at the Opera Festival 2005 for his portrayal of Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
At the master courses in 2006, he established cooperation with prof. Margreet Honig from Amsterdam. She further improves her singing technique with the soprano Christina Vasileva.
Tomáš Černý's profile roles include Don José (Bizet - Carmen), Cavaradossi (Puccini - Tosca), Rodolfo (Puccini - La boheme), Pinkerton (Puccini - Madama Butterfly), Lohengrin (Wagner), Loris Ipanoff (Giordano - Fedora), Radames (Verdi - Aida), Hoffmann (Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Laca (Janáček - Her Shepherdess), Boris (Janáček - Káťa Kabanová), Prince (Dvořák - Rusalka), Jeník (Smetana - Bartered Bride) etc.
The artist has performed to concert audiences from Tokyo's Oji Hall through most European countries to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He is a frequent guest of prestigious domestic and foreign festivals (Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Milano Musica, Prague Spring, Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music) and opera stages (National Theater and State Opera in Prague, Komische Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Slovak National Theater in Bratislava, etc. .). He collaborated with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Manfred Honeck, Enrico Delamboye, Gabriel Feltz, Vladimir Fedosejev, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marc Piollet, Helmuth Rilling or Carl St. Clair.