Czech Philharmonic • Tomáš Netopil

Principal guest conductor Tomáš Netopil will be leading the Czech Philharmonic for the first time in Mozart’s Linz Symphony. However, the bulk of the programme will consist of a concert performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s one-act opera Ariane. It will be sung in the original French.

Subscription series C | Duration of the programme 1 hour 20 minutes


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K 425 “Linz” (26')

— Intermission —

Bohuslav Martinů
Ariadne, concert performance of the opera, H 370 (35')


Simona Šaturová Ariane
Peter Kellner Thésée
Richard Samek Bouroun / Watchman
Jozef Benci Minotaur
Richard Novák Old Man

Prague Philharmonic Choir 6 youths of Athens
Šárka Csölle Knížetová choirmaster

Tomáš Netopil conductor 

Czech Philharmonic

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Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

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These concerts are supported financially by the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.


Simona Šaturová  soprano

Simona Šaturová

Simona Šaturová, winner of the Charlotte and Walter Hamel Award for outstanding vocal achievement at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck (2007) and Thalia Award for the best opera performance in 2001, was born in Bratislava. She studied singing at the Bratislava Conservatory with Miloslava Fidlerová and then privately lessons with Soňa Kresáková, Ileana Cotrubaș and Margreet Honig.

Highlights of the recent seasons include Violetta and Gilda in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she is a regular guest since 2010 and has appeared there as Ilia, Sandrina and Servilia, and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Frankfurt Opera (formerly also in the roles of Pamina, Oscar or Madama Cortese). She closely collaborates with the Aalto-Musiktheater in Essen (Violetta, Adina, Konstanze, Donna Anna) and the Prague National Theatre (Gilda, Konstanze, Pamina, Susanna, etc.). She has also performed in the Theater an der Wien, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Athens Megaron, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Simona Houda-Šaturová is also a successful concert performer in an international context. In 2006 she made her debut at festivals in Salzburg and Lucerne. In the same year she was the soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach at the reopening of the famous Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in 2007 Christoph Eschenbach invited her to tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York. She has appeared in Oslo, Dallas, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Detroit, Tokyo, Osaka, Vienna, Zurich and at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, the Prague Spring, Wiener Frühlingsfestival, Festival Internationale di Musica e Arte Sacra in Rome and the Edinburgh Festival.

The conductors with whom she repeatedly works include Manfred Honeck (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic), Ádám Fischer (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), Jiří Bělohlávek (Czech Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia), Helmuth Rilling (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and Iván Fischer and Christopher Hogwood (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra). She performed on tour with Philippe Herreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, with Christoph Eschenbach and the Academic Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Thomas Quasthoff and Helmuth Rilling, as well as at recitals with Bryn Terfel and Mariusz Kwiecień.

She recorded for Sony (Carmina Burana, Noël), Hänssler Classic (Haydn’s Masses) and Ondine (Mahler’s Second Symphony). In 2009 she released her first solo album on the Orfeo label. She recorded Haydn’s opera arias with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Alessandro De Marchi and in November 2009 was awarded Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine. In the autumn of 2014 she presented her next solo album with arias by Josef Mysliveček and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Peter Kellner   bass, bass baritone

Peter Kellner

Richard Samek  tenor

Richard Samek

Jozef Benci  bass

Jozef Benci

Slovak bass Jozef Benci finished his studies in the class of Sergej Kopčák at the Bratislava Academy in 2003. In 2001 he won the prestigious International Singing Competition of George Enescu in Bucharest. In 2006, he won the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Competition for young singers in Berlin. In 2002, he was engaged as a soloist of the State Opera Banská Bystrica. In 2004 he made his stage debut at the Slovak National Theatre Opera House in Bratislava in the role of Zaccaria (Nabucco). In 2007 he became the soloist of this leading Slovak opera scene. He also performed in other opera and concert performances both in his native Slovakia and in the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, France, Romania, Italy, Austria, Poland and Germany. In 2011 he received critical acclaim for the role of Kecal in a concert version of Smetanaʼs The Bartered Bride, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Londonʼs Barbican Hall. This performance was later released on a CD by Harmonia Mundi. In 2011 he presented for Bratislava Music Festival for together vocal´s recital with coloratura star soprano Edita Gruberova. In 2012 he studied bass part of famous Requiem by Verdi with aconducting legend Nello Santi.

Richard Novák  bass

Richard Novák

Prague Philharmonic Choir  

The Prague Philharmonic Choir is the most important and oldest professional mixed choir in the Czech Republic. During its long history, there has been a succession of the most important Czech choirmasters at its helm; since 2007, the chief choirmaster has been Lukáš Vasilek, and the second choirmaster is currently Lukáš Kozubík.

The Prague Philharmonic Choir performs mainly the oratorio and cantata repertoire in collaboration with the world most famous orchestras (the Berliner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden or Wiener Symphoniker, among others) led by such illustrious conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Jiří Bělohlávek, and Jakub Hrůša. It also performs in opera as an ensemble-in-residence at the opera festival in Bregenz, Austria.

The choir is realising several projects of its own. Since 2011 it has been presenting an independent series of choral concerts in Prague, with its programming focused mainly on challenging, lesser-known works of the choral repertoire. Music education for young people is an integral part of the choir’s activities, with a Choral Academy for vocal students and a series of educational concerts for younger children.

Lukáš Vasilek  choirmaster

Lukáš Vasilek

Lukáš Vasilek studied conducting and musicology. Since 2007 he has been the chief choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir. Most of his artistic activity with the choir involves rehearsing and performing a cappella repertoire along with preparing the choir to perform in large-scale cantata, oratorio, and opera projects in collaboration with world-famous conductors and orchestras (Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic etc.).

Besides his work with the Prague Philharmonic Choir, he also engages in other performing activities mainly in cooperation with the Martinů Voices, which he founded in 2010. He is credited as a conductor or choirmaster on a large number of Prague Philharmonic Choir recordings made for important international labels (Decca Classics, Supraphon). In recent years, he has been devoting himself systematically to recording the choral music of Bohuslav Martinů. His recordings have won exceptional acclaim abroad, earning honours including awards from the prestigious journals Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and Diapason. Vasilek has been teaching conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 2021.

Tomáš Netopil  principal guest conductor

Tomáš Netopil

An inspirational force in Czech music, Tomáš Netopil 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 engagements with them included conducting at the Smetana's Litomyšl Festival in June 2021.

Tomáš Netopil celebrates his tenth and final season as General Music Director of the Aalto Musiktheater and Philharmonie Essen in 2022/23. This season features Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Kampe’s Dogville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. This season will also see him lead a production of Janáček Káťa Kabanová at Grand Théâtre de Genève.

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 2021, in association with the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Academy established the Dvořákova Praha Youth Philharmonic with musicians from conservatories and music academies, coached by principal players of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Operatic highlights beyond Essen 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 for Netherlands Opera (Jenůfa). His concert highlights of recent seasons have included Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as well as engagements with Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai and Aspen Music Festival.  

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. During his tenure in Essen, he has recorded Suk Asrael and Mahler Symphonies No.6 and 9.

From 2008–2012 Tomáš Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre. He 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 Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.