When young W. A. Mozart was trying to gain recognition in Italian opera houses, Josef Mysliveček was the celebrated star of Italian opera seria. Mozart had high regard for the works of the Czech master and their friendship lasted even when Mysliveček’s career started to fail. At that time, little did Mozart know that he would one day enjoy his greatest triumphs not in Italy, but in Prague — the home of Josef Mysliveček whom he considered his compatriot.
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.