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.
In November 2012, I photographed the 5th annual Tennis Classic exhibition in Bratislava. The line up consisted of Martin Klizan, Dominik Hrbaty, Marian Vajda and the guest of honor – Novak Djokovic. Djokovic and Vajda were enjoying themselves tremendeously and their show was great to watch. Klizan tried too hard to play a regular tennis match. During the Charity auction, Djokovic’s gear was sold for the record-breaking 40 000 Euros.
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