Smetana's Litomyšl International Opera Festival underway

The Czech Republic's largest open-air classical music event - Smetana's Litomyšl International Opera Festival kicked off on Friday evening with a concert featuring works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy and Bohuslav Martinů. The opera festival, now in its 51st year, is traditionally held in the town of Litomysl where Czech composer Bedřich Smetana was born. Among the highlights of this year’s festival is a concert of Italian and Spanish music of the 17th century performed by Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and a top chamber ensemble of old instruments. The festival will run until July 6th.