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Golden Age of Czech Operetta with Bellissime, at Bohemian National Hall

Friday August 24, 2018, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


A recital of songs by the renowned composers Rudolf Friml (later in Hollywood), Oskar Nedbal, Rudolf Piskáček, Jiří Beneš, Roman Blahník and Jiří Steblický.
Bellissime Vocal Duo
Gabriela Miková Johnson – mezzo soprano
Anna Butkiewicz – soprano
Táňa Vaněčková – piano

Free and open to the public.
Suggested donation $15.00
Light refreshments.
Organized by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in New York

Gabriela Míková Johnson, a graduate of the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, is a singer, actress, and dancer based in New York.  She has twice performed as soprano soloist in Händel’s Messiah for Gordon Stewart’s period-instrument production with the Philipstown Philharmonia.  Before moving to the U.S., Gabriela performed many operatic, dramatic, and musical comedy roles in central and western Europe.  Her career includes six seasons as featured soloist at Plzeň’s J.K. Tyl Theatre (including Euridice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Mable in Pirates of Penzance , Roxie in Chicago, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha), Bernstein’s Mass with the State Philharmonic of Brno, concerts with both the Janáček and the North Bohemian philharmonic orchestras, and three European tours of West Side Story.  She teaches singing at the Storm King School in Cornwall, New York, where she has been Adjunct Instructor of Voice since 2013.
Anna Butkiewicz is a classically trained singer living and working in Warsaw, Poland, where she recently performed with Opera Kameralna.  She received her Master’s degree from Ostrava University, Czech Republic, and for fifteen seasons was a featured soloist with the National Theatre of Moravian Silesia in Ostrava, where she performed many opera and light-opera roles, including Elisabeth in Land of Smiles by Franz Lehár (for which she received a Thalia Award nomination), Hana Glavari in The Merry Widow, the title role in Giuditta, and Helena in Offenbach’s Beautiful Helena.  She has performed concerts with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also sung concerts in Japan and Austria. For five years she taught operatic singing at Ostrava’s Janáček Conservatory.

Tania Vaněčková is a Czech concert pianist living and working in Plzeň, Czech Republic.  After graduating from the State Conservatory in Plzeň, she joined the J.K. Tyl Theatre as accompanist.  There she worked with the opera, light opera, and ballet divisions for twenty seasons.  She teaches piano at the School of Arts in Plzeň, and regularly performs with the Gala Strauss Orchestra in Austria and Germany.

For more info, please visit Bellissime@GabrielaAnnaVocalDuo
*    “Operetta” refers to a theatrical entertainment that, like opera, tells a story through music, but which unlike most opera treats of light subjects, usually romantic love, and in a comic style (no death or Germanic mythology here!), and whose music may be less sophisticated or complex. In the twentieth century this form gave rise to the American musical.
** https://youtu.be/mCH4Gs8Oaco

Rudolf Piskáček – “Jen jedenkrát”; “Když Máj jde k nám” from Perly Panny Serafinky
Rudolf Friml  –  “Only a Rose”; “Love for Sale” from Vagabond King
“Indian Love Call”; “L’amour Toujours” from Rose Marie
Jara Beneš – “Já mám devět kanárů”; “To ti dám pi pi písemně” from Uličnice
R. A. Dvorský – “Slunečnice” from film Hotel Modrá Hvězda
Jaroslav Ježek – “Kytice”
Josef Stelibský – “Láska brány otevírá” from Ostrov Milování
Oskar Nedbal – “Blondýnky sladké” from Polská Krev
Rudolf Piskáček – “Ty České Panenky” from Perly Panny Serafinky


Friday August 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10021 United States