Sung into the Distance: songs of Vítězslava Kaprálová and Bohuslav Martinů

The story is a romantic one: Two Czech composers in Paris at the beginning of World War II, one an older married man, the other a doomed ingénue. Their relationship was both artistic and intensely personal and, precisely because of its potentially scandalous nature, often misrepresented and misunderstood.

In keeping with Opera Studio Praha´s spirit of international collaboration, this lecture-recital, created by soprano Ema Katrovas, had its premiere in the United States in October 2017 where it was accompanied by pianist Dr. Timothy Cheek, who dedicated a significant portion of his career to the works of Vítězslava Kaprálová. The Czech version of the recital will be accompanied by talented young pianist with a flair for music of the 20th century, Andrea Mottlová. The research for this project is consulted with Karla Hartl, foremost expert on Vítězslava Kaprálová and founder of the Kaprálová Society. The commentary for the Czech version of the recital will be written by writer and translator Viktoria Hradská.

Ema Katrovas (soprano)

Andrea Mottlová (piano)


9.13.2017, 5:00 pm, kostel Sv. Vavřince, preview for the Klub přátel Pražského jara

10.18.2017, 12:00 pm, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

10.24.2017, 7:30 pm, Western Michigan University, Dalton School of Music