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Jarmila Novotna: My Life in Song

book launch, musical tribute 10 October, 2018 - 7:00 PM

[BBLA at Bohemian National Hall]


An exclusive American introduction of the memoirs of Czech-American opera star and film actress, Jarmila Novotna (1907-1994). Author and editor William V. Madison will speak about the international triumphs of this multi-talented celebrity who acted as a cultural ambassador for the Czechoslovak nation throughout her career—beginning in Prague with her opera debut as a lyric soprano at age 17 and including 16 years with New York's Metropolitan Opera. Her granddaughter, Tatiana Daubek, with Daubek’s ensemble House of Time, will pay musical tribute with a program featuring music of Mozart, Krommer, and Dvorak.


Visit the Dvorak Room (located at Bohemian National Hall, 3rd floor) exhibition of archival Novotna images, courtesy of the George Daubek Collection.


William V. Madison, a former associate editor of Opera News, interviewed Jarmila Novotna while he pursued his MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. He is the author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life and frequently writes for music publications as well as his blog, Billevesées.


House of Time, known for their “fluency and command,” is dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertoire of the 17th through the 21st century played on period instruments. Members and guests include Juilliard and Curtis faculty and alumni of The Juilliard School, as well as prize-winners of major international competitions.


For more information on the program, visit dvoraknyc.org.



BBLA at Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, on first-come, first-served basis.

The book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is organized by Dvorak American Heritage Associtaion (DAHA) with support by BBLA.


Photo credit for William Madison is: Catherine Karnow.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General