Il Boemo Soundtrack

June 23, 2023, 9:00 am

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Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emőke Baráth appear on the soundtrack of a 2022 film by the award-winning Czech director Petr Václav. Called Il Boemo (The Bohemian), it tells the story of the Prague-born composer Josef Mysliveček (1737–1781). He became a major figure on Europe’s operatic scene, achieving particular renown in Venice, Naples, and Munich and composing more than two dozen operas in all. Mysliveček is also notable for being a friend and colleague of Mozart, whom he first met in Bologna in 1770. Both Jaroussky and Baráth make on-screen appearances – as operatic performers – in Il Boemo. Václav Luks conducts Collegium 1704, the period-instrument ensemble he founded in Prague in 2005.