OPERA

The Ensemble Opera Diversa performs original new chamber operas. We collaborate with a number of composers – so far performing the works by Miloš Štědroň, Ivo Mede, Alois Piňos and Lukáš Sommer. The core of our opera performances are the works of the author team Kyas–Drábek. Composer Ondřej Kyas and librettist Pavel Drábek have written 4 full length chamber operas, 2 plays with songs and 2 dozens of minioperas. All these works are on the Diversa’s repertoire. The production team that contributes to the pieces are stage director Tomáš Studený, scenographer Sylva Marková and conductor Gabriela Tardonová.

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ORCHESTRA

The string orchestra Ensemble Opera Diversa was founded in 2005. For individual programmes percussions and wind instruments are added. The orchestra is led by Jan Bělohlávek, the Principal Violinist and co-founder of the Ensemble. Gabriela Tardonová is the Ensemble’s leading conductor. A number of other conductors have conductors have collaborated on individual opera and concert projects, such as Tomáš Hanák (Kyas’s Tripl Concerto, Kyas and Drábek’s opera The Strange Suicide of the Lovers of Shinagawa), Andreas Kröper (a modern premiere of Salieri’s Congratulation Cantata dedicated to the count Haugwitz in Náměšť nad Oslavou), Vít Spilka, Jan Ocetek or Tomáš Krejčí.

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CHOIR

The Ensemble Versus was founded in 2003 as a chamber choir of the students of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. Until 2009, we performed under the name „kamuffláž“. The choral repertoire concentrates on the sacred of the sixteenth (Josquin Des Pres, Pierre de la Rue, Heinrich Isaac, Jacobus Vaet, Jacobus Handl Gallus, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa, Giovanni Gabrieli) and twentieth centuries (Francis Poulenc, Marcel Duruflé, Bohuslav Martinů, Benjamin Britten, Petr Eben, Ivan Hrušovský), and on the sacred music of contemporary composers (Ondřej Kyas, Alain De Ley, František Emmert)

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