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Czech Philharmonic • Open Air Concert

The Czech Philharmonic’s Open Air Concert on Hradčaný Square is the traditional conclusion of the concert season, and admission is free for everyone. The programme devoted to the Year of Czech Music is being prepared by Petr Altrichter, who will get the public dancing and singing along with the orchestra and an outstanding vocal trio.

Duration of the programme 1 hour 10 minutes


Antonín Dvořák
Festival March, Op. 54a (6')
Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C minor, Op. 46 (3')
Rondo for Violoncello and Orchestra G minor, Op. 94 (8')
Infernal Dance from Act II of the opera The Devil and Kate (4')
“Od dětství ku oltáři” (“From childhood to the altar”), Ludmila’s aria from the oratorio Saint Ludmila (4')

Antonín Dvořák / arranged by Jiří Teml
“Když mne stará matka” (“Songs my mother taught me”), song from the cycle Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55 (2')

Zdeněk Fibich
Poem from the idyll At Twilight, Op. 39 (5')

Bedřich Smetana
“A ty mé robě” (“And you, my baby”), lullaby from Act I of the opera The Kiss (4')
“Já ale zůstanu” (“But I shall remain”), Přemysl’s aria from Act II of the opera Libuše (3')
Furiant from Act II of the opera The Bartered Bride (2')

Vítězslav Novák
The Country Musicians, movement IV of the Moravian-Slovak Suite for small orchestra, Op. 32 (4')

Antonín Dvořák
“Jářku, jářku, klouče milé…” (“Tell me, dear boy…”), duet of the Gamekeeper and the Kitchen Boy from Act II of the opera Rusalka (4')


Kateřina Kněžíková soprano
Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir mezzo-soprano
Jiří Brückler baritone

Vilém Vlček cello

Petr Altrichter conductor

Marek Eben host

Czech Philharmonic

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Prague — Hradčany Square

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"Czech Philharmonic in the heart of Prague for the Year of Czech Music - it's a great celebration! The beauty, lyricism and depth, the sublimity and wit of our music - may something of all this remain in us! Come and hear!
You are cordially invited."

— Petr Altrichter


Kateřina Kněžíková  soprano

Kateřina Kněžíková

Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková is one of today’s most promising singers. Besides performing opera, she is increasingly devoting herself to the concert repertoire, collaborating with such ensembles as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the Camerata Salzburg, or the Orchestra dellʼAccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Her core repertoire consists of works by Dvořák, Martinů, and Janáček and the song repertoire. She is a laureate of several vocal competitions and was honoured at the 2018 Classic Prague Awards for the best chamber music performance. She earned a Thalia Award for her outstanding performance in Julietta (Martinů) on the stage of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre.

In 2006 she became a full-time opera ensemble member at the National Theatre, where she is now appearing in many productions including Rusalka, Così fan tutte, Carmen, The Magic Flute, The Bartered Bride, and The Jacobin. Nonetheless, she sees one of her greatest successes as having been the title role in Káťa Kabanová at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in 2021. 

Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir  mezzo-soprano

Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir

Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir is a soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague from the 2020/21 season. Last season she has appeared here as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Kitchen Boy (Rusalka), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) and Mercédès (Carmen). In March 2023 she has performed the role of Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) at the Icelandic Opera in Reykjavík.

From 2018 to 2020, Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir was member of the international opera studio at the Oper Köln, where she performed Carlotta in Salieri’s La scuola de’gelosi, Saint Margarete in Braunfels’ Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna, Jennie Hildebrand in Weill’s Street Scene, Death in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale, Muse/Nicklausse) in Hoffmanns Erzählungen für Kinder, Glückskind in Hanke’s Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren, as well as the role of Mercédès in Carmen. She guest appeared as Kitchen Boy (Rusalka) at the Cologne Opera House.

After completing her Diploma with honors from the Reykjavík College of Music Arnheiður honed her skills in the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Sebastian Vittucci, Christoph Ulrich Meier and Reto Nickler. Already during her studies she had the opportunity to sing Cherubino, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff and Andronico in Händel’s Tamerlano in Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, as well as Dorabella at the Daegu Opera House in South Korea and Hänsel (Hänsel und Grete) with the Icelandic Opera. Arnheiður made her Prague debut at a concert held by Nachtigall Artists on 21 May 2018 at the New Town Hall.

Jiří Brückler  baritone

Jiří Brückler

A laureate of the National Theatre Director’s Award for artists up to age 35, Jiří Brückler studied singing at the Prague Conservatoire (Jiří Kotouč) and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Roman Janál). He was the winner of the 2008 Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary in the Junior category. 

With the Opera of the National Theatre and the State Opera, where he has been engaged since 2012, he has sung a series of major roles in operas ranging from Mozart to Britten. For the role of Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlos, he was nominated for a 2013 Thalia Award, and he had already been nominated for that prestigious award four years earlier for the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci as a guest artist at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec; he has also sung that role at the Český Krumlov International Music Festival alongside José Cura. He is a regular guest at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, the National Theatre in Brno, and the National Opera of Bulgaria in Sofia. He also collaborates with leading Czech orchestras in performances of the concert repertoire.

In the 2023/2024 season he will appear as Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and in leading roles of Smetana’s operas. In March 2024 he will appear as the Hunter and the Gamekeeper in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Opera de Tenerife.

Petr Altrichter  conductor

Petr Altrichter

Petr Altrichter is one of the most distinguished Czech conductors, and he has earned an illustrious reputation for the dynamism and depth of his interpretations of symphonic music. He was raised in a musical family and played musical instruments from a young age. Having graduated from the Conservatory in Ostrava as a French horn player and conductor, he continued his studies at the Janáček Academy of the Performing Arts in Brno in orchestral conducting under Otakar Trhlík and František Jílek and choral conducting with Josef Veselka and Lubomír Mátl. After completing his studies in Brno, he worked as a choirmaster and conductor with the Brno Academic Choir, and contributed to the winning of many prizes at foreign choral competitions and festivals (Middlesbrough, Debrecen…).

Altrichter attracted international attention in 1976, when he won second prize and a special prize of the jury at the renowned International Conducting Competition in Besançon, France. Based on this achievement he began to work with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as an assistant of Václav Neumann, which started his artistic career. Not long after that, he began to receive invitations to conduct orchestras abroad. After working with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1988 he became the principal guest conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and in 1991 he was appointed its chief conductor. With that orchestra, he made frequent foreign tours to Japan, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, and other countries. At the same time he also closely collaborated with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, with which he often gave performances abroad introducing many gifted young soloists (such as Isabelle van Keulen and Radek Baborák).

From 1993 to 2004 he also worked as the Music Director of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Constance, Germany, with which he gave concerts regularly at the Tonhalle in Zurich and at the KKL in Lucerne, and also toured Switzerland and Italy. Having made his U.K. debut with the Prague Symphony Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990, Petr Altrichter made his London debut with the English Chamber Orchestra 1993. He then conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994 to a great critical acclaim. He was subsequently appointed its Principal Conductor, a post he held from 1997 until 2001. With this orchestra he appeared at the 2000 BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and made several highly-praised recordings on the orchestra’s own label, RLPO live.

In 2001 Altrichter was invited to become the Chief Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, and he remained there for seven years, returning to the orchestra with which he had been associated since his student days and which he continues to guest conduct up to this day. He is also a regular guest of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has maintained a steady artistic relationship since his beginnings there as an assistant conductor, and of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he recorded an award-winning CD with Antonín Dvořák’s music. Since the 2018/2019 season, he has been a permanent guest conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has been working for many years.

In 2015 he toured Germany with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and in late 2015 and early 2016, he toured China with the same orchestra. At the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, he conducted the Czech Philharmonic at the Dvořák Prague International Festival and later toured very successfully in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan with the same orchestra. In the spring of 2017 he toured Japan with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he toured the United Kingdom with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. In May 2019 he will be touring with the Czech Philharmonic in China.

Altrichter has appeared as a guest conductor with many leading international orchestras, including Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. In the United Kingdom he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestras he has guest conducted also include the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Baden-Baden, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen and the Odense Symphony Orchestra.

He is a frequent guest at festivals such as Prague Spring, Janáček May in Ostrava, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Moravian Autumn in Brno, and the Bratislava Music Festival. He has made guest appearances at major festivals in Salzburg, Edinburgh, Avignon, Athens, Cheltenham, Paris, Madrid, Chicago, Zurich, Lucerne, Seville, Palermo, and elsewhere.

The bulk of Petr Altrichter’s repertoire consists of Czech music (Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů), Russian music (especially Dmitri Shostakovich), and the works of Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner. Outstanding soloists and performers from around the world (Garrick Ohlsson, John Lill, Tabea Zimmermann and others) value his flexibility in leading orchestral accompaniments, and they seek out collaboration with him.

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