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Monday, May 29, 2017 7:00 PM, Goethe-Theater Bad Lauchstädt

Acis and Galatea HWV 49a

Masque by G. F. Händel

Handel set the story of "Acis and Galatea" to music three times, in his early Italian period (cf. V 35) and later in England.  The libretto is based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses: the water nymph Galatea loves the shepherd Acis, who is killed by the jealous giant Polyphemus. This sad love story is told by the outstanding singers and instrumentalists of Collegium Marianum, charmingly supported by the Buchty a Loutky puppet theatre. Life is breathed into these carved puppets by “ genuine” singers. The flautist Jana Semerádová is the musical director: she last performed as a soloist in Handel House in 2016. A variety show of a very special kind that appeals to all the senses, this production is a feast for the eyes and ears. 

Performance based on the Halle Handel Edition in the original English with German supertitles

Tickets entitle you to free admission to the “Neues Schillerhaus und Badegeschichte” (New Schiller House and Spa History) permanent exhibition in the Douche Pavilion from 10am to 6pm on the day of the concert.

 Coach fare €8 each way, number of seats limited – tickets must be bought in advance with concert tickets.

The first, greatly acclaimed cooperation of Collegium Marianum and Buchty a Loutky was „La Callisto“. A similar effect could be achieved the new production of Handel’s „Acis and Galatea“ .

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Collegium Marianum

Collegium Marianum
Since it was founded in 1997, the Prague ensemble Collegium Marianum has focused on presenting the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially by composers who were born or active in central Europe. One of the few professional ensembles specialising in this field in the Czech Republic, Collegium Marianum not only gives musical performances, but regularly also stages scenic projects.

Since 1999 the ensemble has been under the artistic leadership of the traverso player Jana Semerádová who also regularly appears as a soloist with some of the eminent European orchestras. Her active research together with her study of baroque gesture, declamation and dance, has enabled Semerádová to broaden the profile of the Collegium Marianum ensemble and present multi-genre projects featuring baroque dance and theatre. Her unique, thematic programming has resulted in a number of modern-day premieres of historical music presented each year.

The ensemble has collaborated with renowned European conductors, soloists, directors and choreographers such as Andrew Parrott, Hana Blažíková, Damien Guillon, Peter Kooij, Sergio Azzolini, François Fernandez, Simona Houda-Šaturová, Benjamin Lazar, Jean-Denis Monory and Gudrun Skamletz. The ensemble has also maintained long-term collaboration with the Buchty a loutky theatre company, producing some highly original projects, such as F. Cavalli‘s opera Calisto staged with marionettes. 

Collegium Marianum has received critical acclaim both at home and abroad. The ensemble has appeared extensively on the Czech Radio and TV as well as on the radio abroad. It regularly performs at music festivals and on prestigious stages both in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, including Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Potsdam Festspiele, Mitte Europa, Festival de Sablé, Bolzano Festival, Palau Música Barcelona, Pražské jaro, or Concentus Moraviae.  

In 2008 the ensemble started a successful collaboration with the Supraphon label. Within the “ Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague” series it has launched six recordings: Concertos & arias by J. J. I. Brentner, Rorate coeli / Music for Advent and Christmas in Baroque Prague, Concertos and sinfonias by F. Jiránek (IRR Outstanding, Diapason), Sepolcri by J. D. Zelenka (Harmonie Tip), Musici da camera (Harmonie Tip and Harmonie Editor’s Choice) and J. A. Sehling – Christmas in Prague Cathedral (Harmonie Tip). For Supraphon the ensemble has also made a recording of J. D. Zelenka’s Lamentationes Jeremiæ Prophetæ (Harmonie Tip and Harmonie Editor’s Choice). Besides its long-term collaboration with the Supraphon label, the ensemble has featured on the profile CD of the soprano Simona Houda-Šaturová, Gloria and in a DVD recording of A. Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo.

Since 2001 Collegium Marianum has presented the concert cycle Baroque soirées. Due to its thematic programming and close interconnection with the historical spaces of Old Prague, the series is unique not only in the Czech, but international context. Collegium Marianum is the ensemble in residence of the international music festival Summer Festivities of Early Music. In January 2010 Collegium Marianum was awarded with an honour for the credits of quality and for the general promotion of Czech music, presented by the International Music Council by UNESCO.


Buchty a Loutky

Buchty a Loutky
Buchty a loutky /Cakes and Puppets/ – an independent alternative puppet theatre company, performing for children as well as adults. The company was established in 1991 by graduates of the puppet department of the DAMU academy in Prague. Since that time, the company has more than 19 production titles for children and more than 19 premieres for adults in their repertoire. They also have many non-traditional theatre projects, specific creative activities and films. In their own create unique theatre poetics; classic titles and their own original script work with an overview, a non-interchangeable sense of humour, and a personal emphasis for the creative elements of the production (a combination of old toys, rusted iron as well as the most recent technology); the productions most often contain original music that has been composed specifically for the production, and most productions contain live musical accompaniment. The permanent core of the company is made up of 6 members and 3-8 actors perform in the productions. Since its origin, Buchty a loutky have stirred the waters of the Czech puppet theatre. Its productions today have become cult theatre classics, indicating that the company belongs among the best theatre companies not only in the Czech Republic, as well as abroad. This can be proven by its invitation and success during international festivals.

Tickets: 75, 60, 30 €


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The puppet Galathea