Ad honorem Mozart - Praga

We got the idea to organize a music festival for young Mozart performers in year 2006 when all Europe celebrated the major anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest musicians of all time - W. A. Mozart. It is well known that Mozart enjoyed a reciprocal love affair with Prague. The Marriage of Figaro, a bust in Vienna, was an enormous hit in Prague. Afterwards, the Prague music community commissioned the opera Don Giovanni from Mozart; today this work is known as the opera of all operas and Mozart spent many happy moments putting the final touches on the work at the Villa Bertramka as the guest of diva Josefina Dušková. Right from his first visit to Prague in the chilly January of 1787 this musical genius basked in the adoration and love of Prague citizens and perhaps it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this love affair continues to this very day.

We are happy that despite of all of the initial troubles we were able to successfully organized five annuals of music festival AD HONOREM MOZART - Certamen iuvenum opera Mozartiana canentium sollemne already and we are working on sixth right now. We decided to follow the tradition, which means that the festival will run from 16th to 25th of August. The goal of the festival is to enable young Mozart performers to meet with renowned Mozart artists and experts to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and experience with interpretations of the vast body of Mozart works. The past annuals of the festival enjoyed the participation from Czech republic, Slovak, Germany, Austria, Swiss, Hugary, Poland, Russia, Korea, and United States. This broad range of contestants offered participants a unique possibility to test their skills against a strong international line-up.

The competition of year 2012 has been declared for two categories again: 1st category - singers up to 19 years of age and 2nd category - singers up to 35 years of age. The competition is open to anyone, who is able to perform prescribed repertoire and did not exceed the age limit.

The competitors are judged by an expert panel including the likes of Tom Krause, an excellent singer, well known in the all world; Zdena Kloubová, a permanent guest of the National Theatre in Prague; ; Jiří Kotouč, professor of Prague Conservatoire and expert in Mozart music interpretation and Pavel Horacek - soloist at the Theatre of J.K.Tyl in Pilsen.

The festival includes several concerts, professional seminars, performances, singing courses and of course the International Vocal Competition. All of the seminars as well as the first and second rounds of the competition are open to the public and free of charge. The highpoint of the event is undoubtedly the public final of the competition at featuring contestants accompanied by an Suk´s Chamber Orchestra and the outstanding organist and harpsichordist Jaroslav Tůma, the announcement of winners and a gala concert at the Estates Theatre.

We are confident that the festival fulfilled its mission, provided young artists with knowledge and experience, and offered the Prague public a remarkable cultural experience. We are also convinced that this type of event was missing in Prague and would be a great regular addition to the Prague cultural scene.