Prague Summer Nights: Young Artists Music Festival is currently accepting applications for a one-week Washington, D.C. Residency, June 19 – June 27, 2021 culminating in outdoor performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Offers are being made now; all roles expected to be filled by May 15. Applications will be accepted until all roles are filled.
Covid-19 vaccinations will be required.
Die Zauberflöte will be single cast, with multiple performances in a slightly abbreviated version. In addition to the opera performances, participants will sing in a gala opera arias program, participate in coachings, masterclasses, lessons, and other career development opportunities.
Rehearsals and performances will take place at the historic Rectory on Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., Old Town is Alexandria’s beloved downtown and nationally designated historic district on the Potomac River waterfront. The King Street Mile and surrounding brick-lined sidewalks are studded with centuries-old architecture, historic attractions and independent businesses.
Our performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte will be part of the “Sounds of Hope & Harmony” concert series. Since June 2020, Classical Movements, the parent company of Prague Summer Nights, has presented concerts in the garden of their historic Alexandria building. This concert series was the first and largest since the beginning of the pandemic, receiving critical acclaim from the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, OperaWire and other national press. Past performances include singers from the Metropolitan Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and others; and instrumentalists from the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others.
“I cannot say this enough, this has been one of the most rewarding and fun opera experiences I’ve had! Not only because we were lucky enough to perform in the Estates Theater, but more so because of the camaraderie and friendships I have made, that will last a lifetime."
“It truly is a joy to be here in Prague and spending so much time with this group of people. Everyone works so hard, and when all the different parts come together, the music we create is absolutely magical. There is much pleasure in growing and bonding with a very talented group of musicians.”
“Today I attended the Brass sectionals of Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Dvorak Symphony No. 9, led by clinician Ladislav Kozderka who holds the position of principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic. I offered to be his personal metronome and he humbly laughed, saying "no, no, you must know this piece so much more than me!" He let me conduct the entirety of both symphonies, stopping every section to give feedback. I kept wanting to pinch my cheek because I knew all the words of wisdom was coming from one of the leaders of the orchestra that loves and owns Dvorak more than anywhere else in the world.”
Participating in this incredible program was life changing! I strongly encourage people interested to apply, you won’t regret it. Easily one of the best summers of my life ❤️
“I have had the most wonderful 4 weeks I could hope for!"
“I really enjoyed working with Dr. Jelena Nosková in the masterclass. She had wonderful suggestions and I felt my voice blossoming in the short time we worked together. I felt that it was very valuable to get some suggestions from someone I’d never worked with before. I thoroughly appreciate having this opportunity!”
“It was a pleasure for me being part of the festival, I learned a lot in Prague! Thank you for believing in my talent.”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity! I learned so much in that month, that I’m just hoping to retain a tiny bit of it! My teacher even noticed that my high notes have improved in tone. The program was absolutely amazing, and the people you brought together for it were even more so.”
“Thank you again for the incredible opportunity! I had an amazing trip and made so many memories.”
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity. It was an amazing experience with countless memories. Thank you again.”
"Thank you PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS so much for the incredible opportunity to work with you in Prague, and the amazing opportunities I’ve received!"
“A better experience could not have taken place for me during the first annual Prague Summer Nights Festival. I will forever take with me the memories and knowledge gained during my time with many wonderful musicians.”
"Prague Summer Nights was an incredible experience for me. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned so much about myself as a performer. Sometimes when you are engrossed in the whirlwind of hard, dedicated work it is difficult to see your own progress. Just months after the program I already feel a difference and ease of approach to my performing, as well as a greater awareness of not only what I can improve, but HOW I can improve. Having sung an opera where Mozart first conducted it is no small honor either! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime."
“Such an incredible experience getting a lesson and performing in a masterclass today with Walter Seyfarth, 30-year clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, my favorite orchestra. My time in Prague has been a clarinetist’s dream! Very grateful.”
“Thanks for a great summer! The Prague experience was unforgettable. Thanks again.”
“I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you for this wonderful program you have created. I am still in awe of what took place over this last month, from Smetana Hall, to the Dvorak Museum, and finally Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre! I honestly don’t know how you did it!"