The year of (not only) Czech music
Tomáš started this calendar year as a true ambassador of Czech music: he conducted Janáček’ Jenůfa in the Hamburg Opera, performed Dvořák’s Czech Suite with the Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra in Innsbruck and Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra with the excellent Josef Špaček in the solo part, with the necessary Austrian dessert: Mozart’s Linz Symphony. At the head of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, in Vienna and St. Pölten, he again enchanted the audience with Janáček’s Jenůfa in suite form and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6; the Hungarian icing on the cake was Bartók’s Violin Concerto with the excellent Alena Baeva.
Tomáš will also join the long line of well-wishers who will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Bedřich Smetana’s birth this year: in February he will perform My Country in a couple of concerts with the Orchestra of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt am Main (Alte Oper Orchester Frankfurt), and in March he will be one of the four conductors of the spectacular Smetana Gala, planned for the exact day of the maestro’s birthday in the historic building of the National Theatre in Prague. He will thus return to the orchestra of the National Theatre Opera, where he served as chief conductor from 2009 to 2012. It is with this orchestra, as well as with the outstanding soloists, choir and ballet of the National Theatre Opera, that he will stage the new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka , under the stage direction of the SKUTR duo.
Details of Tomáš’s activities in February and March can be found in the calendar; for those who are curious, you can also find everything nicely put together HERE.