Antonín Dvořák


A violist and organist as well, Dvorák became one of Europe’s most important composers. His best-known works are his Stabat Mater,Columbian Te Deum and Requiem. He also wrote chamber music, Slavonic dances, a cello concerto, symphonies and over 100 songs. He eventually became the director of the conservatory in New York, a job he combined with conducting and writing new pieces. His opera Rusalka was published in 1900, and became an international favourite. The Dutch National Opera (DNO) is known for its wide range of programming of both classical and modern operas and for the consistently high level of its performances. It is keeping this wonderful art form alive and lively,s and ensuring it has a place in the future through its innovative productions, new works specially composed for DNO and updated productions of familiar repertoire. The DNO has acquired a place of importance in the international opera world and works with some of the world’s greatest opera houses. In 2016, DNO was named the Opera House of the Year at the International Opera Awards. Jakub Hrůša (1981) is a Czech conductor and one of the world’s greatest specialists in the Czech repertoire. He made his Netherlands debut in 2015 conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in works by Shostakovich, Janáček and Smetana. Jakub Hrůša is chief conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker, permanent guest conductor with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and principal guest conductor with both the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of the Prague Chamber Philharmonic. Hrůša is a frequent guest at the Glyndebourne Festival in England, where he has conducted Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Puccini's La Bohème. With Rusalka, Hrůša is making his DNO debut.