Debuting in 2015 and hailed for its “high-quality productions” (Hospodářské noviny) and “sophistication” (Prague Post), Classical Movements’ Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival (PSN) affords aspiring young professionals in the world of opera and orchestra the opportunity to perform in some of Europe’s most historic venues and offers fully-staged opera productions, orchestral performances, chamber music concerts, an opera scenes program, voice and concerto competitions, and even a cabaret concert.

The 30-day festival features up to 15 performances, coachings, masterclasses, lessons, and career development opportunities for its participants. Past programs have featured performances in the famed Estates Theatre, Rudolfinum, and Smetana Hall of Prague and, in 2017, the program made its first trip to Salzburg, performing in the Große Saal of the Mozarteum.

In 2020, PSN is proud to return to the historic Estates Theater, located in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities, Prague. Fully-staged performances of Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, with orchestra, will be presented on the stage of the Estates with professional sets and historic costumes from the National Theater.

The Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra will play all opera performances and will perform their own program at the Rudolfinum, home of the Czech National Philharmonic, as well as two other concerts of varying repertoire in Tábor and the surrounding cities of Prague. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in the PSN chamber music program where they will receive coachings with PSN faculty and visiting guest artists. Chamber music performances will be held in Tábor and the famed Rudolfinum of Prague. 

For singers, additional concerts at the festival include an opera scenes program which will feature scenes from important Czech operas such as Dvořák’s Rusalka and Smetana’s Bartered Bride as well as old time favorites from Bizet, Donizetti and Puccini. Singers will work directly with coaches and faculty from the Czech National Theater and PSN faculty on diction, language, acting and character development. A cabaret performance of music from the American Songbook and Broadway, including the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill and Cole Porter will take place in a famous Prague jazz club.

Our Faculty

John Nardolillo

Artistic Director and Conductor
University of Kentucky

Timothy Long

Festival Conductor
Eastman School of Music



Andrés Cárdenes

Festival Conductor
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Carnegie Mellon

Gayle Shay

Stage Director
Vanderbilt University

Catherine Clarke Nardolillo

Head of Voice Area
Lexington, KY

Jeremy Aye

New York University

Patrick Diamond

Stage Director
Manhattan School of Music

Dwight Parry

Guest Artist & Clinician
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Our Cities



Prague/Praha is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is the capital of the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Bohemia. It has been a political, musical, cultural, and economic center of Europe for much of its 1,100-year existence.


Tábor is a charming south Bohemian town, dating back to 1420. Surrounded by historical architecture, breathtaking views, and a bustling town square, the old town has winding cobblestone streets, an ancient castle, baroque churches, underground tunnels, as well as restaurants, pubs and coffee shops.

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