Lilka Ročáková (4), Daniela Šounová (6), Karel Průša (6), Renée Nachtigallová (6), Miroslav Kopp (6), Natálie Romanová (7), Aleš Hendrych (7), Jiřina Marková (11), Pavel Horáček (13)
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (2-3, 8-14), Radio Symphony Orchestra Pilsen (4, 7), Prague Sinfonietta Orchestra (1), Prague National Theatre Orchestra (5), Prague Smetana Theatre Orchestra (6) Conductors: Libor Pešek (2-3, 8-14), Ivan Pařík (1,4,5), Josef Chaloupka (6), Vít Micka (7) Prague Radio Chorus (4, 7), Prague National Theatre Chorus (6), Kühn Mixed Chorus (14)
Choirmasters: Milan Malý (4,6), Miriam Němcová (7), Pavel Kühn (14)
Recording locations: Czech Radio, Prague, September 27-30, 1983 (2,3,8-14), Church of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary Prague, July 31, 1991 (1), Prague Smetana Theatre, January 31, 1981 (5), Czech Television, Prague, 1989 (6), Czech Radio Pilsen, May 1982 (4), February 1987 (7)
Ivan Kusnjer has rightly been awarded the title of "King of Czech Singers" by the music critics. The fruits of his single-minded work are worthy of admiration: successes at international voice competitions, guest appearances on opera stages worldwide (Berliner Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro la Fenice, La Scala, Teatro Real, Théâtre Châtelet, Opéra-Bastille, etc.) and in prestigious concert halls (Albert Hall, Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall), collaboration with renowned conductors (Mackerras, Albrecht, Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Pešek, Kout, Bělohlávek, etc.), the remarkable range of operatic roles he has portrayed (primarily for the National Theatre in Prague), songs and cantatas he has performed, as well as numerous accolades he has received (the 2001 Gustav Mahler European Prize, three Thalia Awards)... A special chapter is Ivan Kusnjer's keen interest in lesser-known Czech operas. Works linked with the time of their origin only rarely pass the test of time. Yet the carefully prepared selection on this album indicates just how much interesting music remains in the archives, and the recording is hence a must for all opera lovers. The CD comprises previously unreleased arias, as masterfully performed by Ivan Kusnjer.
Baritone arias from lesser-known Czech operas masterfully performed by Ivan Kusnjer.
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