The 2022 theme
The Summer Festivities of Early Music are inspired this year by the beauty of nature
The festival’s exploratory programme will offer a wide range of musical forms whose composers were inspired over several centuries by the sounds of animals, gardens, flowers, the elements, landscapes, natural deities and other mythological creatures inextricably linked to nature.
"Melodic sounds and noises of natural origin have been an acknowledged inspiration or object of imitation for musicians and composers since the High Middle Ages at the latest, and quite evidently since the Renaissance."
Josefína Knoblochová, festival director
Final festival concert
Canto della Ninfa
Nature-Inspired Arias and Suites by Antonio Vivaldi
and George Frideric Handel
The renown of Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel, two of the giants of Baroque opera who were among the most influential and prolific composers of their generation, extended far beyond the borders of their native countries and the period in which they lived and worked. It is to them that the official closing concert in the Church of Sts. Simon and Jude will be dedicated.
The festival’s Ensemble-in-Residence Collegium Marianum, under the direction of Jana Semerádová, will accompany the outstanding Italian soprano Roberta Mameli.
"In the works of Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel we find exceptional examples of the art of sound painting in its most varied forms. For the final concert, we have selected instrumental and vocal examples of this art that at the same time portray various human emotions. The human heart, torn by its passions and emotions, is like a fragile ship, carried alternately by calm and then stormy waves..."
Jana Semerádová, programme director
Akademie Versailles, International Masterclasses of French Baroque Music will take place in July 2022. Furthermore, the festival will organise the masterclasses led by artists performing at the festival stages. We prepare the interactive workshops for families with children PICCOLI, in cooperation with Collegium Marianum Foundation.