Adriana Kucerova - sopran
Robert Pechanec - fortepian
Adriana Kučerová is not only a top-tier star in her native Slovakia, but also a singer well known to the audience of the festivals in Glyndebourne and Salzburg, as well as La Scala, Vienna, Berlin and Bavarian Opera, where she performed under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton and Vladimir Jurovsky. She will come to the Opera Rara Festival to present almost unknown songs by outstanding Slovak composers - Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský and Eugen Suchoň, as well as a curiosity – the series of Slovak songs Tri dedinské scény written by the greatest Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók. In addition, she will also perform works by Antonín Dvořák, including those featured in the famous Gypsy Songs oeuvre. For a moment we will also move from Mitteleuropa to the East Coast of the USA, where at the beginning of the 1940s Leonard Bernstein shared an apartment with a certain Edys Merrill, who, tired of constant rehearsals conducted at home by her friend, shouted that she hated music in moments of desperation. The composer’s perverse sense of humour made him use this exclamation as the title of his new work. I hate music is a short series of songs with lyrics written by Bernstein himself, a monologue of a 10-year-old girl, Barbara, who says I hate music, but I like to sing.