28.11.2015 (Sa) 19:00

Linecká, Český Krumlov, 38101
GPS: 48°48'27.35"N, 14°19'3.11"E

Gabriela Beňačková – soprano Lubomír Brabec – guitar Gabriela Beňačková is a world renown Slovak lyric soprano. She specializes in the music of her compatriots, particularly Eugen Suchoň, as well as Czech composers, notably Bedřich Smetana and Leoš Janáček. She is considered to be one of the greatest 'Jenufa's' in Janáček's opera of the same name. Her Carnegie Hall performance (and subsequent Metropolitan Opera run with Leonie Rysanek) is considered to be legendary. In 1981 Czech television starred Mrs Benackova in a definitive version of Prodana Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), which has since become a popular DVD recording available in an all-regions format (2006). That recording teamed her with the heroic tenor (fellow Slovak) Peter Dvorsky, and with bass Richard Novak and other popular singers. She completed her farewell recital tour in 2008. She has made a number of recordings, and has appeared in several filmed operas on DVD, as well as the feature film The Divine Emma, where she supplied the singing voice of the famous Czech soprano Emma Destinnová. Her voice can also be heard in the movie Driving Miss Daisy singing title role "Rusalka" by Dvořák, and in Copycat singing Puccini's aria Vissi d'arte from the opera Tosca. She has appeared as Fidelio/Leonore in the Royal Opera House production of Fidelio (1991). In 2012, she sang the difficult role of the Comtesse de la Roche, in Die Soldaten, at the Salzburg Festival, a production now on DVD. Lubomír Brabec Guitarist Lubomír Brabec is undoubtedly one of today’s top Czech performers. After decades of concerts he has conquered the most important stages at home and abroad with his classical guitar. He is famous for his obsession for searching out unusual settings to stage his uncommon shows. His audiences are always captivated by his high artistic level. His approach to listeners of classical music has always been ahead of normal customs. His concerts expand borders, merge divergent types of music, and systematically embrace experimentation. He regularly performs on prestigious stages with the world’s top soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. The quality of his shows attracts a broad musical audience. He has adapted hundreds of works by other authors for the guitar and in the process has expanded the possibilities of the guitar as a solo and accompanied instrument. He is no less active in his recording activities. His discography contains over 30 titles, including interpretations of Sor, Bach, Tárrega, Paganini, Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, Trojan, and Granados. Lubomír Brabec has also captivated a wide listening audience with his departures into the world of popular and jazz music, where, for the purpose of promoting classical music, he has again expanded the possibilities of the interpretation and opportunities of his own instrument. He has received numerous prestigious awards and honours as a top-selling and accomplished artist. The critics regard Brabec as a musician of refined taste, tone, and technique and rank him as one of the top guitarists in the world. In 1997 he became the first musician in the world to perform a concert in Antarctica.

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