Slovak concert in Brussels includes Dutch, Maltese singers

THE TRADITIONAL Slovak New Year concert in Brussels took place somewhat later than usual this year, on January 26.

Eva HornyákováEva Hornyáková (Source: Courtesy of SND)

On this occasion, Slovak performers at the Flagey cultural centre were joined by opera singers from the Netherlands and Malta – the countries making up the so-called European Union Presidency Trio with Slovakia in 2016 and in the first half of 2017.

“This concert, which took place for the twelfth time in Brussels, is the first on the calendar of cultural events organised by Slovakia in 2016 to mark its presidency of the EU,” Peter Javorčík, ambassador and head of Slovakia’s Permanent Mission to the EU, told the TASR newswire. “We also wanted to bring the activities of the presidency Trio to Brussels’ cultural scene, and I think that we’ve been successful in doing this,” he added.

Slovak soloists – soprano Eva Hornyáková and tenor Otokar Klein – were joined by young Dutch opera singer Veerle Sanders and established Maltese soprano Lydia Caruano. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Prešov Symphony Orchestra conducted by Július Selčan. The orchestra was also joined by Slovak pop band IMT Smile at several points in the programme.

The event was held under the auspices of Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák. The patrons of the concert for the Slovak diplomatic wing in Brussels were European Commission Vice-president Maroš Šefčovič, Javorčík, Ambassador to Belgium Stanislav Vallo and Ambassador to NATO Tomáš Valášek.

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