Event date

04 / 08 / 2023 - Friday 19:30

Event venue

Castle Riding Hall

Classical, but Comical

Playful invitation to the world of classical music

Music offers many genres and styles. However, there are probably just as many various interpretations of classical music itself. This term covers dozens of centuries, hundreds of composers, and thousands of compositions that were influenced by contemporary trends and the life experience of their authors. As a result, classical music transcends centuries, ever-remaining relevant and we believe that it speaks to everyone. The Classical, but Comical concert will show one of the layers of classical music – a surprising and playful side opening up its world for those, who find it “hard to understand”. This concert will prove that classical music speaks to everyone willing to listen.


Martina Masaryková – soprano
Monika Jägerová – mezzosoprano
Marek Horký – trombone
Milan Podolský – tuba
Libuše Šperková, Michal Martinec, Jiří Cikryt – typewriter and other objects
North Czech Philharmonic Teplice
Petr Vronský – conductor
Jan Budař in a surprising role


B. Smetana : The Bartered Bride – “Dance of the Comedians”
J. Fucik: The Old Grumper
J. Fucik: Entry of the Gladiators, op. 68
V. Trojan: Frog
G. Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat Duet)
L. Anderson: Sandpaper Ballet


M. P. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – The hut of Baba-Yaga on hen’s legs (orch. M. Ravel)
A. Dvorek: Rusalka – „Čury mury fuk“
V. Monti: Csárdás
J. Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann – „Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille“
L. Anderson: Plink, Plank, Plunk!
L. Anderson: Sandpaper Ballet
J. Strauss: Im Krapfenwald´l

Publishers of featured works:
Schott Music GmbH (V. Trojan: Frog, J. Strauss ml.: Im Krapfenwald´l)
Alkor-Edition Kassel GmbH (J. Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann)
Bärenreiter Praha s.r.o. (A. Dvořák: Rusalka)
Faber Music Ltd. (G. Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti)

Martina Masaryková

Soprano Martina Masaryková is a graduate of the Conservatory in Žilina, the Church Conservatory in Žilina, the Church Conservatory in Prague and the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She continued her singing studies as a Ph. Vlasta Hudecová.
In 2000 she won the 2nd prize at the International Singing Competition of M. Schneider-Trnavský and A. Dvořák in Karlovy Vary. For her exceptional soprano coloratura she was awarded at the International Ada Sari Competition in Nowy Sacz, Poland. She has collaborated with symphony orchestras in Slovakia and abroad (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, State Chamber Orchestra Žilina, Slovak Chamber Orchestra of B. Warchal, Musica aeterna, etc.). She has also played the role of the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Elvira in The Puritans and Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Her most recent role was Belladonna in the world premiere of P. Zagar’s The Tale of the Happy One.
At the National Theatre in Prague, she again appeared in the role of the Queen of the Night, playing Olympia in Hoffman’s Tales and Blondie in Abduction from the Seraglio. In the Slovak premiere at the State Opera in Banská Bystrica, she played the title character
Linda in Donizetti’s opera Linda di Chamounix. She also appeared at the State Opera in Košice and at the National Theatre in Brno as a guest in the role of the maid in Thomas Ades’ Powder on the Face, Olympia in J. Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann.

Martina Masaryková

Jan Budař

Jan Budař is a Czech actor, director, musician, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in the films Boredom in Brno, Vratné lahve, Horem pádem and Václav. He was awarded the Czech Lion four times. He studied acting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (1996–2000). He has played in a number of Czech theatres, in Studio Marta in Brno, in the National Theatre in Brno, in Hradec Králové ‘s Klicpera Theatre, in Brno’s Huse na provázku, in the Municipal Theatre in Karlovy Vary, the National Theatre in Prague and others. From 2000 to 2003 he was permanently engaged by the Theatre on the Balustrade in Prague. He is the author of many articles for the magazine Instinkt. In 2023, he successfully released a new fairy tale Prince Mamánek. In addition to his acting activities, he plays several musical instruments, sings, and composes his own original songs. He is the frontman of the band Eliška ‘s band.

Jan Budař

Castle Riding Hall

Come and enjoy a concert at the unforgettable and unique Castle Riding Hall, which is part of the Český Krumlov Castle close to the castle garden. You will fall in love with this singular building and its surroundings and you will feel as if you were in the Viennese imperial court in the 18th century. After […]

Classical, but Comical

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