In June 2021, Prague Summer Nights made its first appearance in the United States with a residency in Alexandria, VA that culminated in three sold-out outdoor performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
PSN returns to Alexandria in 2023, offering unique educational and performance opportunities to singers, instrumentalists, and coaching, conducting, stage directing, and arts administration apprentices.
Over the course of an intensive 11-day residency, talented young students from across the country will stage, rehearse and perform a full production of The Magic Flute, receive individual instruction from top faculty, and participate in illuminating masterclasses from guest instructors from eminent cultural institutions.
On the Potomac River within eyesight of Washington, D.C., Alexandria, VA is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. It’s known for its Old Town, with brick sidewalks and well-preserved 18th- and 19th-century buildings. King Street is lined with boutiques, specialty shops and fine restaurants. Old Town is full of small, but fascinating museums, thriving art galleries and places of historic interest, such as Gadsby’s Tavern (where founding fathers dined, now a museum) and Christ Church, which counted George Washington among its many notable parishioners – and for which the Rectory on Princess Street was constructed.
The Rectory, dating from 1785, formerly served as the rectory of the nearby historic Christ Church, once the church of George Washington. The 18th century English garden of the Rectory is a tranquil space complete with its iconic Magnolias. In June 2020, the Rectory’s “Secret Garden” became the site of the first live classical music concerts since the beginning of the pandemic in the United States. Classical Movements has since presented over 90 concerts, featuring musicians from the National Symphony, Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra, and covered and recommended by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Voice of America, OperaWire, Washingtonian Magazine and more.