On July 17-20, 2019, Bree Nichols will perform in two international modern premieres as a part of the annual Olomouc Baroque Festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Both are the works of Austrian composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c. 1620-1680)
Die sieben Alter stimmen zusammen (The Seven Ages Agree)
This serenata was originally performed on January 18th, 1680 for the birthday celebration of Maria Antonia of Austria. The libretto by Johann Rudolph Albrecht illuminates Ptolemy's seven stages of life and the Roman deities representing each one, all in celebration and blessing of Maria Antonia.
Le veglie ossequiose (The Obsequious Vigils)
Based on a libretto by Hapsburg court poet Nicolò Minato, this work commemorated the birthday of Emperor Leopold I in 1679. The five allegorical characters (Fortune, Virtue, Joy, Pleasure, and Silence) liken the Emperor's virtues to an endless sea, urging caution for all who sail upon it.