Prague Summer Nights Festival invites applications for conductors

Prague Summer Nights Festival invites applications for conductors
Advanced college and conservatory students and emerging artists will live and work in the beautiful and historic city of Prague this summer, while preparing and performing concerts and opera performances, including fully staged performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni under the stage direction of opera legend Sherrill Milnes and his wife Maria Zouves. These performances, using the famous 2002 production, sets and costumes of the Czech National Theatre, will be given in Prague, where Don Giovanni was premiered by Mozart himself in 1787. The Estates Theatre is the only theater remaining in the world where Mozart conducted, and scenes from the Academy Award winning film Amadeus were filmed there. Participants in the program will live and work in historic Prague and the beautiful Bohemian town of Tabor.

Performances will include a production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, performed at the St. Simon and Jude Church, where Haydn and Mozart performed, a performance at the South Bohemian Opera House, orchestra programs at the Obecni Dum in Prague, the Opera House in Tabor and the Philharmonic Hall in Pilzn, chamber music at Suk Hall in the Rudolfinum, opera scenes at the Lichtenstein Palace, where Beethoven played a recital, and a cabaret at one of Prague’s famous jazz clubs.

Conductors will act as assistant conductors for full opera productions, the opera scenes program, and the full orchestral programs. Conductors will have the opportunity to lead the orchestra in rehearsal and conduct in staging rehearsals, and will have concert opportunities. They will work closely with the music director and festival conductors, receive individual lessons, participate in career development seminars, have coachings, masterclasses and intensive workshops from principals and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphony, the Prague Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Czech National Opera, and will also the opportunity to take private lessons from leading teachers at the Prague Conservatory.
To apply for this opportunity, please email Artistic Director John Nardolillo, at, or visit the festival web site,

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