The ensembles Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks on the occasion of the project Bach – Prague – 2005. In 2008 the concert series Musical Bridge Prague – Dresden was launched. Cooperation with world-famous soloists such as Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux, Bejun Mehta etc. resulted in the second concert cycle Collegium 1704 in the Rudolfinum in 2012. Since autumn 2015, these two cycles have been merged into a single concert season, which continues to run in parallel in Prague and Dresden. In opera productions, the company followed the international success of Handel’s Rinaldo with a performance of Josef Mysliveček’s Olimpiade, nominated for the 2014 International Opera Awards, and the world premiere of Antonio Vivaldi’s Arsilda, Regina di Ponto. Past and future engagements include performances at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall in London, Theater an der Wien, Vienna Konzerthaus and residencies at the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht, Bachfest Leipzig and Château de Versailles. The release of the first Czech recording of G. F. Handel’s oratorio Messiah in 2019 adds to their many successful CDs.
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