Festival 2022

As part of the 11th annual Jarmila’s Novotná Festival, we are preparing for you:

The festival will open this year with a parade of French horn players who will gather in Liteň for the second time. On the 23rd and 24th of April, the players will meet at participant concerts, workshops, and lectures. The Liteň French Horn Days also invite the public to visit. As part of the accompanying program, for those who are interested, you can listen to the participant concerts throughout the weekend or see an exhibition of brass instruments or a concert of hunting trumpeters. Admission to the concerts is free.

Fundraising concert THANK YOU WITH THE MUSIC
We would like to invite you to the exceptional concert THANK YOU WITH THE MUSIC, which is in the program of the 11th season of Jarmila Novotná Festival. The concert shall support Ukrainian artists who flee their homeland to the Czech Republic because of the war. Young musicians will perform classical repertoire of Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Piazzola, Fauré and others. The concert will be held on Friday the 20th of May at 7:00 pm in the historic building of Čechovna. ATTENTION, CHANGE OF PROGRAM! Instead of the originally announced Adam Plachetka, the equally excellent Štefan Margita will perform as the exclusive host. You can order tickets by email at tickets [at] zamekliten [dot] cz or by phone at 737 650 497. The price is the usual 300 CZK. The entire proceeds from the concert will be donated to the performers from Ukraine.

Over the past three years at Chateau Liteň,, the popular happening of basic art schools has built its traditional place among the festival’s activities. If this is one of the events you like to attend regularly, then mark the date Sunday, the 22nd of May in your calendar. You can look forward to an artistic afternoon with several outdoor stages in the Chateau Park or to graduation concerts in Čechovna hall. We will present a specific program later.

Last year’s singing courses gained great response thanks to a visit from the famous Dutch singer and mentor Margreet Honig and also thanks to the lecturer’s connection with excellent soprano Simona Houda Šaturová. We did not hesitate to repeat their participation this year with the addition of opera director Marek Mokoš. The 9th year of the courses will take place between the 14th and 18th of June and will also be exceptional with its exclusive cooperation with the Opera Studio of the Slovak National Theatre. The theme will be early romanticism. The venue of the traditional final concert will be the Chateau Park on the early evening of the 18th of June.

The Jarmila Novotná Festival 2022 is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture Mgr. Martin Baxa and the Governor of Central Bohemia Region Mgr. Petra Pecková.

Festival 2016

Brochure of activities in 2016

In 2016, Jarmila Novotná Festival was organized by the Association of Chateau Liteň already for the 5th time.

The festival was launched through The Touring Exhibition about the Life of Jarmila Novotná under the name Jarmila Novotná: Opera Diva. It will be presented in several towns and cities in the Czech Republic. The first stop took place at the Museum of Czech Karst in Beroun and was open there between January 27 till April 30, 2016(Due to great interest the exhibition was extended from original deadline April 10.) The second station of the exhibition took place between July 6 and August 31 at the birthplace of Gustav Mahler in the village of Kaliště near Humpolec.

After last year´s success, we coorganized the concert called Tribute to Jarmila Novotná during the International Music Festival Prague Spring also in 2016 – this time with soprano Martina Janková, which was held on May 20, 2016, in Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum in Prague.

This year of interpretation courses was in addition to the area of classical singing led by Kateřina Kněžíková also focused on a baroque style of singing led by Markéta Cukrová. The singing lessons were accompanied by the chief accompanist of the National Theatre Zdeněk Klauda. The Interpretation Courses were concluded by the concert of the lecturers and graduates of these courses on August 19, 2016 in a historical building Čechovna at Chateau Liteň which we subsequently organized on September 14, 2016 in the Martinů Hall at the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in modified form. Gala concert titled “The Best of …” introduced the selected graduates of this year and also last year courses, which were held under the leadership of Kateřina Kněžíková and Adam Plachetka.

Apart from other events organized in 2016, the Association of Chateau Liteň has became producers of a documentary about the life of a prominent Czech actor, writer, poet, musician, and theater director Jiří Suchý, who celebrated his 85th birthday this year. The premiere of this documentary called Jiří Suchý: My Fights and Struggles was held during events presented under the name Tribute to Jiří Suchý or “I Know Even Older People…” organized on September 30, October 1 and 2 in the Semafor Theater in Prague. The evening held on October 1, 2016, was part of the International Television Festival Golden Prague.

Jarmila Novotná Festival 2016 was held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman. We thank to the sponsors and partners of the 5th annual for their support!