Classical music fans are getting a special gift to start the new year: two world-class singers performing with the Talich Chamber Orchestra in the resplendent church of Sts. Simon & Jude in Pragueʼs historic Old Town. American baritone Richard Zeller and Chinese soprano Lily Zhang will be joining the ensemble for a program of opera arias by Verdi, Mozart, Bizet and other popular composers.
Like the fragrance of mulled wine, holiday music fills the air in Prague during December. The Czech capital’s usual bounty of classical and traditional music becomes a rich feast during the Christmas season, when perennial favorites return to the halls and churches, and the opera houses, orchestras and chamber ensembles stage special holiday programs.