THE GALA CONCERT OF THE JNF 2019
The Gala Concert of the Jarmila Novotná Festival 2019 presented musical icons as well as lecturers of Interpretation Courses in Liteň 2019, soprano Martina Janková and pianists Gérard Wyss and Ivo Kahánek. The song concert took place on the 20th of September in the Suk Hall of the Rudolfinum and followed up on the Interpretation Courses in Liteň 2019 by presenting the fresh graduates as well. The program was enhanced by a recitation of verses of song lyrics by a great actress Eliška Balzerová.
INTERPRETATION COURSES IN LITEŇ 2019
The 6th round of the Interpretation Courses in Liteň 2019 was a unique combination of the aforementioned leading music personalities – Martina Janková, Gérard Wyss and Ivo Kahánek. In the Song Academy of the Jarmila Novotná Festival, Martina Janková offered singing lessons again, while both pianists arranged studies of song literature for piano. The courses took place on September 14–20 with a traditional final concert on September 19 in Liteň.
OLGA SOMMEROVÁ’S DOCUMENTARY ABOUT JIŘÍ SUCHÝ
Together with Cineart TV Prague, the Czech Television and ARINA film production, our association have become a co-producer of a new documentary about the professional and especially personal life of the renowned artist Jiří Suchý. The feature film called JIŘÍ SUCHÝ– Tackling Life with Ease is directed by Olga Sommerová and filmed by Olga Špátová. The film’s premiere took place on September 25th in Lucerna Cinema in Prague. Even before that, visitors of the Karlovy Vary IFF were able to see the world premiere and awarded the film by The Audience Award of Právo Newspaper . There will be also a special screening of the documentary in Liteň.
In autumn, the book True Singing (Skutečný zpěv) is published. It deals with a technique of singing by the world-renowned singer and mentor Margreet Honig, translated by the prominent Czech mezzo-soprano Markéta Cukrová. The book is published by the nonprofit organization Zámek Liteň and Markéta Cukrová´s platform VoiceWise.
On Children’s Day June 1st, 2019, Chateau Liteň hosted a happening of Art schools for the region of Central Bohemia, named ZUŠ Open. Art schools prepared a public happening across the art genres. The event was linked up with the Children’s Day celebration organised for kids and the youth in Liteň. The entrance was free.
THE BRIDGE BARTERED ABROAD
We have participated on an exhibition project called The Bride Bartered Abroad, mapping the history of the most famous opera of Bedřich Smetana in a foreign context. The exposition includes also a memory of Jarmila Novotná and her top era at the Metropolitan Opera. The exhibition is organized by the National Museum – Museum of B. Smetana where it can be visited from March 6, 2019 to November 2, 2020.