Collegium 1704 / Baroque Opera Stars — Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis

When: 2013-11-18 23:00 - 2013-11-18 23:00
Where: Rudolfinum, Prague
Entry fee: Tickets (from 200,- CZK to 950,- CZK, discounted for seniors, students and disabled from 140,- CZK) can be purchased at the Czech Philharmonic box office — Rudolfinum, Alsovo nabrezi 12, Prague 1 (Mon—Fri, 10am — 6pm) or online at the Czech Philharmonic w

The baroque opulent melodrama Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka has been composed for the unique occasion of coronation of the Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, as the king of Bohemia: in that time, Prague again became cultural and social centre of Europe.

The Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis (Under the Olive Tree of Peace and the Palm Tree of Virtue) is monumental alegorical opus full of baroque pomp and glory which is (by its purpose and character) extraordinary not only within Zelenka’s music but also within the context of the Czech music as a whole.

Céline Scheen – soprano
Terry Wey – alto (USA)
Krystian Adam – tenor
Tobias Berndt – bass

Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704
Václav Luks – conductor

The coronation of Emperor Charles VI as King of Bohemia in 1723 in Prague was an event that drew the attention of all of Europe. The gala performance of the opera Costanza e fortezza by the imperial court composer J. J. Fux attracted the musical giants of the Old World to Prague, and sitting next to each other in the enormous orchestra conducted by A. Caldara were the composers J. J. Quantz, F. Conti, L. Weis, F. Benda, and J. D. Zelenka. Zelenka, favorite of the Bohemian nobility, was entrusted with the creation of a work that constituted the second highpoint of the celebrations and a counterpart to the coronation opera. In terms of its purpose, impressive character, and conception, the allegorical scenic melodrama Sub olea pacis is an extraordinary work not only in the context of Zelenka’s music, but also in the context of the history of Czech music.