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1/27/2015, 19:30

Simon Keenlyside & Štefan Kocán - Mozart vs. Verdi

PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Rastislav Štúr
- conductor

The world-renowned British baritone Simon Keenlyside and the superb Slovak bass Štefan Kocán in a joint exciting project Mozart vs. Verdi. They will sing opposite each other as the irresistible libertine Don Giovanni and the threatening avenger Commendatore and they will unite as the wretched fool Rigoletto and the hired assassin Sparafucile…

Both singers are well known to Czech audiences from the Met in HD live broadcasts around the world: Simon Keenlyside sang the title role of Ambrois Thomas’ Hamlet (27th March 2010), Rodrigo in Verdi‘s Don Carlo (11th December 2010) and Prospero at The Storm by Thomas Adès (10th November 2012), Štefan Kocán was the King in Verdi’s Aida (24th October 2009), the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (29th October 2012), Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto (16th February 2013), and Khan Konchak in Borodin’s Prince Igor (1st March 2014).

Simon Keenlyside is one of the most sought-after and most charismatic British singers. He made his professional debut in 1987 as count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Hamburg State Opera. Between years 1989 and 1994 he was the soloist of Scottish National Opera in Glasgow. In 1989, he made his debut at Covent Garden (Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci) and soon-after he made his debuts at the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, at the opera houses in San Francisco, Geneva, Paris, and Sydney. In 1993, he introduced himself at Glyndebourne and in 1996 at the Metropolitan Opera New York (Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore). Apart from the opera stage, he also performs in concerts regularly almost all around the world, doing song cycles by Mahler, Brahms, Schubert, Wolf, Fauré, and Ravel; these cycles are also a considerable part of his large discography. In this season, his artistic engagements include performances at the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Don Giovanni, Wozzeck, Macbeth, and Giorgio Germont), Covent Garden (Valentine in Faust, Giorgio Germont, Wozzeck, and Rigoletto), Vienna State Opera (Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Rigoletto), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Macbeth, and Giorgio Germont). In March and April 2015, he will return to the Met as Marquise Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Simon Keenlyside became Musical America’s 2011 Singer of the Year; he also received two awards from the legendary actor Laurence Olivier.

Štefan Kocán is one of the most distinguished representatives of Slovak opera school and he ranks among the world top in his field, both in opera productions and in concerts. He is a regular guest of world’s front opera stages, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan and Paris National Opera. In October 2009, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York assuming the role of the King in Verdi’s Aida, and has been returning to the opera house regularly. His engagements for the 2013/2014 season include the role of The Great Inquisitor and Phillip II at La Scala (October 2013), Konchak (Borodin: Prince Igor), Gremin (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), and Sparafucile (Verdi: Rigoletto) at the Metropolitan Opera (from November 2013 to March 2014), and will also make his debut as Bluebeard (Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle) at the Flemish Opera in Antwerp and Gent (April and May 2014).

Štefan Kocán


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Papageno)
Simon Keenlyside

In diesen heil’gen Hallen (Sarastro)
Štefan Kocán

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, KV 584 (concert aria)
Simon Keenlyside

Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Leporello)
Štefan Kocán

Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)
Simon Keenlyside


Finale (Don Giovanni, Leporello & Il Commendatore)
Simon Keenlyside & Štefan Kocán
Guest: Nikola Uramová (Donna Elvira)


Giuseppe Verdi

Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo dalla feroce storia! (Simon Boccanegra)
Simon Keenlyside

Restate! Al mio regal cospetto (Rodrigo & Philip II)
Simon Keenlyside & Štefan Kocán


A te l’estremo addio… Il lacerato spirito (Jacopo Fiesco)
Štefan Kocán

Quel vecchio maledivami! – Signor? (Rigoletto & Sparafucile)
Simon Keenlyside & Štefan Kocán

Povero Rigoletto! – Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto & Marullo)
Simon Keenlyside & Štefan Kocán

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