It was the most inspiring and amazing experience to perform at Barrandov Opera Gala evenings with Susana Gaspar, Catia Moreso, Pablo Bemsch and Peter Bailey. Run and hosted by John Dearlove - those were three magical Suffolk evenings of beautiful music attended by the most receptive audience.
The Barrandov Opera opened its first season in 2003 with two opera productions 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Così fan tutte'. There have since been some ten productions including Holst's 'The Wandering Scholar', Lennox Berkeley's 'The Dinner Engagement' and the Stravinsky classic 'The Rake's Progress'. There has also been a regular programme of Opera Gala Evenings and chamber music recitals featuring the St. Petersburg Quartet and the Czech Wihan Quartet.
The Barrandov takes its name from the high bluff overlooking the river Vltava just as it enters the city of Prague. The Barrandov district of Prague is best known for the Barrandov film studios, but it has also been home to various members of the Dearlove family over the years. The Barrandov Opera has received support and encouragement from the Czech National Opera in Prague, the Lobkowicz family at Nelahozeves Castle who have been great supporters of music over the generations as well as from Vaclav Havel, late President of the Czech Republic who was Patron of the Barrandov until his untimely death in 2011.
Photography by Inna Kostukovsky - http://www.innakostukovsky.com/