British artists perform with the Prague Radio Symphony orchestra

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A concert given last week by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra at Prague's Rudolfinum featured two British artists - conductor Jonathan Darlington and soprano singer Patricia Rozario. Mr. Darlington currently works as the chief guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Duisburg in Germany. One of the operas he introduced to this famous opera house was Jenufa by the Czech composer Leos Janacek. In the season 2000/2001 he gave guest performances in Lausanne, Vancouver, Paris and Bordeaux and for next autumn he has been preparing another opera by Janacek, The Little Cunning Vixen, for the Champs Elysee Theatre in Paris. He has more than 200 symphony compositions in his repertoire including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Mendelsson. For his Prague performance he chose Tchaikovski's Symphonic fantasy Francesca di Rimini, a cycle of songs by Benjamin Britten and Prokofiev's 6th symphony:

Britten's Illumination was sung by Patricia Rozario, and RP asked Mr.Darlington if this had been his choice: Patricia Rosario was born in Bombay, but she studied singing in Britain. Ms. Rozario is currently recognized as one of the foremost British concert and recital singers, who collaborates with world-famous music personalities. This "voice of the millenium" as she was called by the BBC's Woman's Hour, is also a significant inspiration for many composers throughout the world. And this is not her first time in Prague, either: