The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents the Makropulos Project, an evening of selected works from Leoš Janáček's opera The Makropulos Affair (Věc Makropulos), based on the play of the same name by Karel Čapek, on November 18, at 6 pm, at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Featured artists include Suzanne Karpov (soprano), Patrick Cook (tenor), Karolina Syrovátková (pianist), and Professor Clopper Almon (reciter). The play is about a longing for immortality and search for happiness in one's life.
Date: November 18, 6 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Suggested Donation: $10 at the door
About the Artists:
Suzanne Karpov, a native of Oceanside, NY, is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned the degree of Master of Music in Opera Performance as a member of the Maryland Opera Studio. Previously, she earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University in vocal performance, magna cum laude. This upcoming season, she will perform in several DC concerts including her debut with The Washington Back Consort and a performance of The Makropulos Affair in the role of Emilia Marty at the Czech Embassy. This past summer, she was an Apprentice Artist at the prestigious Bel Canto at Caramoor International Music Festival, under the direction of Will Crutchfield. Her most recent roles include Berenice in Rossini's L'occasione fa il Ladro, Miss Pinkerton in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, La chauve-souris/Une pastourelle in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges, and Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte: all with the Maryland Opera Studio. Other favorite roles include Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Atlantic Music Festival, Pamina in Mozart's Die Die Zauberflöte with the American Singers' Opera Project, among others. In competition, she received the Donizetti Award at the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2015), third place in the Five Towns Competition (2014), and second place in the Classical Singer Competition. For additional information, please visit www.suzannekarpov.com.
American tenor Patrick Cook has performed for President Obama and across the country in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, he holds a master of music degree from Bard Conservatory and a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland. He appears regularly as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concert soloist performing with the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C. Wagner Society, and Berkshire Bach Society. Mr. Cook is a 2011 and 2010 D.C. District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a 2009 semi-finalist in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. He recently debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop in a semi-staged production of Bernstein's Candide where he portrayed the Governor, Vanderdendur and other characters. He returned to Annapolis Opera as a principal singer appearing in productions of Tosca and Aida. He also has performed leading roles with HUB Opera Ensemble, Singers Theatre of Washington, Opera AACC and Maryland Lyric Opera. Currently, he sings in the chorus of Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and serves on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria, VA) and Towson University (Baltimore, MD). For additional information, please visit www.patrickcooktenor.com.
Karolina Syrovátková began her professional music studies at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic. Her success at home opened doors to further studies in the United States. She received her Bachelor’s (University of Maryland), Master’s and Doctorate degrees (University of Texas at Austin) summa cum laude. Her final project titled In Search of the Vanished Present in Janáček’s Cycle of Piano Miniatures “On the Overgrown Path” was nominated to receive the best lecture recital award. In continuation of this project, Karolina is currently working on a book and a recording project of the entire piano works of Leoš Janáček. Diverse audiences on four continents (Europe, China, North and South America) have deeply connected with Syrovátková’s advocacy and passion for music in solo and chamber settings. She has been featured on Czech and US stations, such as the Czech TV, GCTV and Austin’s KMFA Fortepiano Radio Series. An avid chamber musician, she won the Sidney M. Wright Endowed Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompanying. For additional information about the artist, please visit www.karolinasyrovatkova.com/.
MUTUAL INSPIRATIONS FESTIVAL 2015 - KAREL ČAPEK
The event is part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 – Karel Čapek, celebrating the work of the acclaimed writer who penned such monumental works as Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.), War with the Newts, and The Absolute at Large. The Mutual Inspirations Festival runs from September 3-November 21, 2015, with an array of events, including theatrical performances, readings, concerts, panel discussions, lectures, screenings, exhibitions, and a special children's workshop at select venues throughout the Washington, DC community. For additional festival information, visit www.mutualinspirations.org.