7/25/2020, 7:00 p.m., Polná at Vysočina District
Petr Nekoranec – tenor
PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Christopher Franklin – conductor
Guests: Adriana Gonzales, Lada Bočková – sopranos
Tenor Petr Nekoranec, native of Polná of the Vysočina District is one of the most outstanding personalities of the young singing generation not only in the Czech Republic but also in the world. With this project, we would like to bring his art closer to the audience in his native town, while also attracting summer tourists and Peter's fans to this beautiful region. Petr was born at Nové Dvory by Polná; his artistic beginnings are also linked with Polná. He began his vocal studies at the local Art School in the class of Arnoštka Zemanová, regularly performed at concerts organized by the Primary Art School in Polná, performed with Polná Bigband under the leadership of Jiří Šíma and participated in many musical events in Polná. Since then, he has come a long way to the “opera Olympus”, winning awards and other prizes from prestigious international competitions, completing studies at opera studios in Munich and New York. Since September 2018 he has been a soloist of the Stuttgart Opera and has regularly returned to the Bavarian State Opera.
Recently, he confirmed his successful career with his profile album French Arias which he recorded with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of the American conductor Christopher Franklin (Supraphon 2019). For his concert in Polná, he prepared not only arias from the album, but also the most beautiful arias of Italian Bel canto and the Naples Songs. He invited two great sopranos to join him on stage.
The first is Adriana Gonzales from Guatemala, winner of the prestigious 2019 Plácido Domingo Operalia World Competition, soloist of the Opéra National de Paris since the 2019/20 season. The other is Czech singer Lada Bočková, who made it to the semi-finals of the same competition. In July 2020, Lada will make her USA debut as the First Nymph in the Cincinnati opera´s new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka. In the 2020/21 season, Lada will start as a soloist of the opera house in Bonn. The artists will be accompanied by a front Czech orchestra PKF – Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Christopher Franklin.
The City of Polná is famous due to its musical school. We will include several other activities in the weekend in Polná. In cooperation with the musical school, we will organize a meeting with the artists on 24th July. Adriana Gonzales, Lada Bočková and Petr Nekoranec will share their experience from the beginning of their careers, and they will be answering questions of the young artists. Selected talented children will get a change to perform during the meeting.
The concert is being held under the auspices of the Governor of Vysočina Dr. Jiří Běhounek and the Mayor of Polná Jindřich Skočdopole.