HANA ZAGOROVÁ & ŠTEFAN MARGITA - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AT JOINT (AND SO WHOLLY EXCEPTIONAL) CONCERT AT O2 ARENA PRAGUE
They met thirtyone years ago, and although they only got married in 1992, they are still together after those twenty-nine years. And they thank fate that it brought their paths together!
Naturally we are talking about one of the most stable couples in Czech showbusiness - Hanka Zagorová and Štefan Margita.Their loving relationship is full of respect and tolerance and is not accompanied by any sensationalism or scandal - a wholly exceptional and unique phenomenon in today’s hectic world, where people will believe in anything except for true love.
Thanks to the almost eleven million records sold, the Czech singer, actress, lyricist and scriptwriter HANA ZAGOROVÁ is the best-selling Czech singer of all time. She owns 19 Platinum and Gold records for the successful sale of recording media with her songs. She has won the Golden Nightingale award nine times. She has fans in quite literally every generation. She has song almost eight hundred songs, she has written the lyrics for seventy-seven of them herself, and in 2006 she published a book of her poems and song lyrics called Milostně. She wrote the script for eight episodes of the television recital Dluhy Hany Zagorové and the thirty-nine episode live night-time television show Když nemůžu spát, which between 1993 and 1998 she herself presented and where she welcomed actors and fellow singers, but primarily healthcare experts. The graduate of the Brno JAMU academy stood out in the TV programme of the dramatist Vladislav Vančura Josefína and the now cult musical comedy Trhák, she starred in the musicals Jack the Ripper and Mona Lisa. At the start of her career in Ostrava, one of those who discovered her, František Trnka, came up with the expression Beat Chanson in connection with her. And it was no accident that in the mid-1970s the music journalist Jiří Černý called her the true duchess of Czech language song. Colleagues and friends, and naturally also her public, love Hanka as a singer and person. A loving, wise woman of good character, always willing to help and please, highly likeable. Why is this? It is definitely due to Hana Zágorová’s sincerity. There is nothing calculating or conniving about what she does. And thanks to this honesty the public love the singer and believe her unreservedly.
Born in Košice, ŠTEFAN MARGITA is a Slovak tenor of global renown who has lived in Prague since 1986. He has achieved what only few tenors from central Europe have been able to. He has performed many times with great success in the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Milan La Scala, and in London in the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, and is a regular, welcome guest at the world’s most prestigious opera houses (such as Chicago, Paris, Madrid, San Francisco), not only due to his truly angelic voice. At home and abroad he has won fame primarily in roles in the operas of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Leoš Janáček, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten and Richard Wagner. He is currently considered one of the world’s best performers in the role of the demigod of fire Loki in Wagner’s opera Das Rheingeld. In the Czech Republic he has released three multi-genre albums for which he has received a Platinum and Gold record from the firm Supraphon thanks to successful sales.
But when they joined their fates together, they decided not to join their singing careers - Hanka’s career as a beloved pop diva with Štefan’s as an international opera star. And although there were many attempts to persuade them to sing at joint concerts, they never changed their decision not to perform together. And this was the right thing to do. “We never worked together”, says Hanka. “But we have each taken a keen interest in how the other is doing, how they are successful in their profession. We have advised each other and given evaluations of our concerts and performances. And all of a sudden we came to the conclusion that the time was right to change our original decision, maybe just for once. Štefan adds to what Hanka says: “It occurred to us both at almost the same time, and we discovered that right now we both felt an urge to do it, and we are both looking forward to it, as are the fans”.
And so in May 2021 everything will change! Accompanied by a grand orchestra under the conductor Jiří Dvořák, whose Boom! Band will of course be present in this orchestra, Hanka and Štefan will be presenting a completely unique concert programme TOGETHER AT LAST on the exclusive tour. The scenographer and director of the wholly unique concert will be Michal Caban. There has never been a concert like this, in the largest Czech sport hall - the Prague O2 Arena. In addition to solo pop hits and songs of various genres, Hanka and Štefan will combine their inimitable, characteristic and immediately identifiable voices in several duets.
A unique refinement, kindness, doggedness, understanding relationship with people, hard work, industriousness, unflagging élan, reliability, responsibility, great passion for things, inquisitiveness about everything new, and incredible respect for their audience have made Hanka Zagorová and Štefan Margita some of the greatest stars of the Czech and Slovak republics. The kind of truly unique stars of which in both republics there never have been nor ever will be enough. And you too can join them at 19th May 2021 and be a part of the concert TOGETHER AT LAST!!!