About Collegium Marianum
Since the foundation in 1997, the Prague ensemble Collegium Marianum has focused on presenting the music of the 17thand 18thcenturies, especially by composers who were born or active in central Europe. The ensemble works under the artistic direction of the traverso player Jana Semerádová. Her active research, together with her study of baroque gesture, declamation and dance, enabled the ensemble to broaden its artistic portfolio. The ensemble has collaborated with renowned European conductors, soloists, directors and choreographers such as Andrew Parrott, Hana Blažíková, Damien Guillon, Peter Kooij, Sergio Azzolini, François Fernandez, Benjamin Lazar, Jean-Denis Monory and Gudrun Skamletz. The ensemble has also maintained long-term collaboration with the Buchty a loutky theatre company, producing some highly original projects, such as Cavalli’s opera Calistostaged with marionettes. Collegium Marianum has extensively appeared on the Czech Radio and TV as well as on the radio abroad. It regularly performs at music festivals and on prestigious stages both in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe, including Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Potsdam Festspiele, Mitte Europa, Festival de Sablé, Bolzano Festival, Palau Música Barcelona, Prague Spring. In 2008, the ensemble started a successful collaboration with the Supraphon label. Within the “Music from Eighteenth-Century Prague” series, it has launched seven recordings. Besides, the ensemble has featured on the profile CD of the soprano Simona Houda-Šaturová, Gloria and in a DVD recording of Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo. Since 2001 Collegium Marianum has presented the concert cycle Baroque soirées. Due to its thematic programming and close interconnection with the historical spaces of old Prague, the series is unique not only in the Czech, but in international context as well. Collegium Marianum is the residential ensemble of the international music festival Summer Festivities of Early Music. In January 2010, the ensemble was awarded with an honour for the credits of quality and for the general promotion of Czech music, presented by the International Music Council by UNESCO.