321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor

New York City, NY 10021

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The Golden Age of Czech Operetta

concert 24 August, 2018 - 7:00 PM

A recital of songs by the renowned Czech composers Rudolf Friml, Oskar Nedbal, Rudolf Piskacek, Jiri Benes, Roman Blahnik and Jiri Steblicky. Perfomance by Bellissime Vocal Duo - Gabriela Mikova Johnson (mezzo soprano), Anna Butkiewicz (soprano) and Tana Vaneckova (piano).



Rudolf Piskacek: “Jen jedenkrat” “Kdyz Maj jde k nam” from Perly panny Serafinky

Rudolf Friml: “Only a Rose,” “Love for Sale,” from Vagabond King, “Indian Love Call,” “L’amour Toujours” from Rose Marie

Jara Benes: “Ja mam devet kanaru,” “To ti dam pi pi pisemne” from Ulicnice

R. A. Dvorsky: “Slunecnice” from film Hotel Modra Hvezda

Jaroslav Jezek: “Kytice” 

Josef Stelibsky: “Laska brany otevira” from Ostrov milovani

Oskar Nedbal: “Blondynky sladke” from Polska krev

Rudolf Piskacek: “Ty ceske panenky” from Perly panny Serafinky


Bellissime Vocal Duo:

Gabriela Mikova Johnson, a graduate of the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava, is a singer, actress, and dancer based in New York. She has twice performed as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah for Gordon Stewart's period-instrument production with the Philipstown Philharmonia. Before moving to the U.S., Gabriela performed many operatic, dramatic, and musical comedy roles in central and western Europe. Her career includes six seasons as featured soloist at Plzen’s J.K. Tyl Theatre (including Euridice in Orpheus in the Underworld, Mable in Pirates of Penzance, Roxie in Chicago, and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha), Bernstein's Masswith the State Philharmonic of Brno, concerts with both the Janacek and the North Bohemian philharmonic orchestras, and three European tours of West Side Story. She teaches singing at the Storm King School in Cornwall, New York, where she has been Adjunct Instructor of Voice since 2013.


Anna Butkiewicz is a classically trained singer living and working in Warsaw, Poland, where she recently performed with Opera Kameralna. She received her Master’s degree from Ostrava University, Czech Republic, and for fifteen seasons was a featured soloist with the National Theatre of Moravian Silesia in Ostrava, where she performed many opera and light-opera roles, including Elisabeth in Land of Smiles by Franz Lehar (for which she received a Thalia Award nomination), Hana Glavari in The Merry Widow, the title role in Giuditta, andHelena in Offenbach’s Beautiful Helena. She has performed concerts with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also sung concerts in Japan and Austria. For five years, she taught operatic singing at Ostrava’s Janacek Conservatory.


Tania Vaneckova is a Czech concert pianist living and working in Plzen, Czech Republic. After graduating from the State Conservatory in Plzen, she joined the J.K.Tyl Theatre as accompanist. There she worked with the opera, light opera, and ballet divisions for twenty seasons. She teaches piano at the School of Arts in Plzen, and regularly performs with the Gala Strauss Orchestra in Austria and Germany.



BBLA at Bohemian National Hall

321 E. 73 Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10021 


Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $15. Light refreshments. RSVP online at eventbrite.com.


This event is organized by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) in New York with support of BBLA.


Production design by Moart. Image: photograph by Monika Kosanova-Zaluska.

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