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Czech Philharmonic • Smetana's Litomyšl National Festival
In accordance with tradition, the season of the Czech Philharmonic will culminate with two performances at the Smetana’s Litomyšl National Festival. In the second evening, the orchestra will be led by its Principal Guest Conductor Tomáš Netopil. Má vlast (My Homeland) by Bedřich Smetana is on the programme.
Má vlast (My Homeland), a cycle of symphonic poems
Tomáš Netopil conductor
Litomyšl — Litomyšl Castle
Tomáš Netopil served his eight season as General Music Director of the Aalto Musiktheater and Philharmonie Essen in 2020|2021. This season, the operas he plans to conduct in Essen include Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Die Zauberflöte, The Bartered Bride, and Arabella. In recent seasons, he conducted Salome, Così fan tutte, Rusalka, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pique Dame, and Der Rosenkavalier. During his tenure, he has recorded highly acclaimed Suk’s Asrael, Martinů’s Ariane and Double Concerto, plus Mahler Symphonies Nos. 6 and 9.
In summer 2018, Tomáš Netopil created the International Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž offering students both exceptional artistic tuition and the opportunity to meet and work with major international musicians. In summer 2020, in association with the Dvořák Prague Festival, the academy established the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic with musicians from conservatories and music academies, coached by principal players of the Czech Philharmonic. Tomáš Netopil has held a close relationship with the Dvořák Prague Festival for some time and was its Artist in Residence in 2017, opening the festival with Essen Philharmoniker and closing the festival with Dvořák’s Te Deum and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. This new undertaking consolidated this relationship still further. An inspirational force in Czech music, Tomáš Netopil also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. In early spring 2018 he led the orchestra on an extensive UK tour and conducted Má vlast in the opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring Festival, which was televised live. In the 2020|2021 season, his planned engagements with them included conducting their 130th anniversary celebrations of Bohuslav Martinů, their 2021 New Year concert, and at the Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival in June 2021.
Operatic highlights include Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (La clemenza di Tito, Rusalka, The Cunning Little Vixen, La Juive, The Bartered Bride, and Busoni’s Doktor Faust), Vienna Staatsoper (his most recent successes include Idomeneo, Der Freischütz, and a new production of Leonore) and the Netherlands Opera (Jenůfa featuring Annette Dasch, Hanna Schwarz, and Evelyn Herlitzius). His upcoming plans as a guest conductor include The Makropoulos Case at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Jenůfa for Hamburg Opera.
On the concert platform, Netopil’s planned engagements in 2020|2021 included Orchestre National de France, Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Varsovia. His highlights of recent seasons included Zürich Tonhalle as well as engagements with Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Montpellier, RAI Torino, and Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.
Tomáš Netopil’s discography for Supraphon includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (the first ever recording of the original 1927 version), Dvořák’s complete cello works, Martinů’s Ariane and Double Concerto, and Smetana’s Má vlast with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008–2012, Tomáš Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre. Tomáš Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech Republic, as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Professor Jorma Panula. In 2002, he won the 1st prize in the Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.