On May 5th, I had the opportunity to photograph Hans Zimmer, world renowned Oscar winning movie sountrack composer, during his live performance in Bratislava. His body of work includes the music to films like The Lion King, for which he won an Oscar, Gladiator, Thin Red Line, Crimson Tide, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar and Inception. The show itself was outstanding. Hans communicated with the audience a lot, explaining what pieces he and his large band/choir/orchestra would perform next. Unfortunately, we accredited photographers, were only allowed to photograph the first song. It’s a shame, because there were many beautiful moments during the concert, that would look excellent on photographs. Nevertheless, the show was amazing and I’m glad I had a chance to see it.
In the middle of August 2013, I attended the 4th annual open air opera in Lednice, Czech republic. These events are being held each summer in the courtyards of beautiful Czech and Moravian castles. This year’s, the opera of choice was Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. The tragic lovestory (as is the norm with operas) features Violetta Valeri, the famed Parisian courtesan and Alfredo Germont, a young bourgeois from provincial family. Miroslav Dvorsky, the Slovak tenor, sang the role of Alfredo. The role of Violetta was sang by Michaela Katrakova, the young soprano from Czech republic and I must say her performance was excellent.
Beautiful Moravian castles and Opera classics – a perfect combination for summer evenings. This year, the opera of choice was “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. The story takes place in Sevilla and portraits the downfall of Don José, who falls in love with Carmen. Don José abandons his military duties for Carmen and leaves his childhood sweetheard Micaela, but loses Carmen’s love to Escamilio, the toreador. In the end, Don José kills Carmen with a knife.
- Carmen: Galia Ibragimova
- Don José: Nikolaj Višnjakov
- Escamillo: Richard Haan/David Szendiuch
- Micaela: Luisa Albrechtova/Liana Sass
- Frasquita: Klára Džuganová
- Mercedes: Liana Sass/Barbora Kadlčíková
- Zuniga: Miroslav Urbánek
- Morales: Tomáš Bartůněk
- Dancairo: Jiří Hruška
- Remendado: Milan Vlček