The conference social programme includes the performance of a neo-Baroque opera "Torso" interpreted by the Czech Ensemble Damian. The event will take place on the evening of Thursday, November 28 in the Hotel Don Giovanni area.

Since its first public appearance in 1995, Ensemble Damian has focused almost exclusively on the rendering of baroque and minimalist music. As regards baroque music, sources of inspiration are found in the funds of Czech and Moravian archives, while the second domain is covered primarily by composers Vít Zouhar and Tomáš Hanzlík, who is also the ensemble’s art director.

Ensemble Damian vocalists  typically sing in a flat voice, with natural colour and no vibrato or other practices typical for opera singing. Baroque music is played with the use of the instruments of the period. The ensemble does not follow the scheme of classical concert presentation, and its programmes are designed into thematically related areas. In recent years, the ensemble has focused on the scenic rendering of baroque and contemporary cantatas, oratorios and operas. The aim is not just a strictly historical interpretation, but rather a lively and contemporary performance that is comprehensible for a wide range of viewers. 



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