Valentina Naforniţa & Josef Špaček

1/30/2017, Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum, Prague

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Valentina Naforniţa & Josef Špaček

Czech Philharmonic
Jiří Bělohlávek
– conductor

Violin virtuoso Josef Špaček needs no long introduction. He managed a lot his young age of thirty years: he graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of Jaroslav Foltýn, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in the class of Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo, and Juilliard School New York in the class of Itzhak Perlman. In autumn of 2011, in the age of 25, he was appointed a concert master of Czech Philharmonic, the youngest in the orchestra’s history. A year later he proved his qualities when he made it to the finals of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of in Brussels, which is considered the most difficult violin competition in the world. Apart from his engagement with the Czech Philharmonic, Josef Špaček unfolds his solo career both at home, as well as on concert stages in Europe, Asia and the United States. He plays violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1855.


The Moldavian soprano Valentina Naforniţa is known mainly to the audience of the Vienna State Opera. She became a soloist of this prestigious opera house in 2011/12 season. Valentina  won the famous world singing competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2011. In Vienna, she soon built a renown of a rising star and other important debuts soon followed: La Scala, Milan (2012), Edinburg Festival, Berlin State Opera and Bavarian State Opera in Munich (2013), and Salzburg festival (2014). In April 2016 she sang the role of Sophie (Werther) alongside Juan Diego Flórez and Joyce DiDonato. Her engagements in the Vienna State Opera for the 2016/17 season include Norina (Don Pasquale), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) alongside Nemorino of Rolando Villazón.

Program

JULIUS FUČÍK (1872–1916)
Entry of the Gladiators

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
Mazurek, Op. 49
(Josef Špaček – violin)

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)
Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle en ce miroir (Marguerite)
Faust, Act III
(Valentina Naforniţa )

PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863–1945)
Intermezzo
Cavalleria rusticana

Ave Maria
Cavalleria rusticana
(Valentina Naforniţa )

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Carnival, Op. 92
 
Interval

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
Rusalka, Act I
(Valentina Naforniţa )

ÉDOUARD LALO (1823–1892)
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
4th & 5th Movements
(Josef Špaček – violin)

GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858–1924)
Donde lieta uscì (Mimì)
La bohème, Act III
(Valentina Naforniţa )

OSKAR NEDBAL (1874–1930)
Valse triste
from ballet The Tale of Honza

RICHARD STRAUSS (1864–1949)
Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
(Valentina Naforniţa & Josef Špaček)

BEDŘICH SMETANA (1824–1884)
Skočná  
a  folk-dance from opera The Bartered Bride, Act III

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