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.
We produce three to five thematic concerts every year in addition to the tradition started in 2010 with Ondřej Kyas’s Stabat Mater of producing one or two concerts of sacred music alongside the choir Ensemble Versus. In our concerts we have given Czech (or World) premiere performances of compositions by Ondřej Štochl, Hana Škarková, Ondřej Kyas or Peter Zagar.