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The Kaiserstein Palace is one the most stunning Baroque buildings in Prague. This architectural jewel is situated at the Prague´s picturesque Malá Strana (Lesser Town or Little Quarter), close to the St Nicolas Church, the Wallenstein Palace and the Prague Castle. It was first mentioned in historical records as early as 1404. The concert hall of the Kaiserstein Palace was named the Emmy Destinn Hall in honour of the world-renown opera singer and greatest of all Czech divas, Emmy Destinn who resided in the Kaiserstein Palace from 1908 to 1914. At the age of twenty Emmy Destinn (1878 - 1930) became a soloist at the Berlin Royal Opera and soon after a member of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for eleven seasons where she was the quintessential opera star (she also sang at the coronation of the King George V in 1911). She reached the pinacle of her career with the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1908 to 1915 and was their highest paid female singer. Emmy Destinn was a flamboyant yet tragic figure and here love affairs were legendary. Among her admirers were the great Enrico Caruso - they were called "the divine duo" when they sang together, Dingh Gigli who learnt Czech just to be able to sing with her in Prague, and even the great maestro Arturo Toscanini.
Up until 2000 these musical soirees were held at the gothic palace The House At the Stone Bell,
hence the name of the Series.
The performances feature famous opera arias and duets by both foreign and Czech composers - Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Smetana, Wagner, Bizet, Gounod etc. Some of our much favourite performances consist in a half of arias from one particular opera (La Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmen, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Cavalleria Rusticana, Faust), or of a selection of arias from Amadeus Mozart's works (Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni).
In the Emmy Destinn Hall there are three seating sectors with un-numbered seats. The ticket prices include a complimentary
glass of champagne during the interval.