Cappella Mariana is a vocal ensemble specializing in medieval and renaissance polyphony and the vocal repertoire of Early Baroque. The performances of Capella Mariana have met with enthusiastic reception from the public and critics alike, the latter highlighting the ensemble’s expressive performance based on close attention paid to the text. Cappella Mariana was founded in 2008 as one of the few local ensembles focussing on the interpretation of high vocal polyphony, especially from Italian, Flemish, and English Renaissance. The ensemble is an artistic guarantor of the concert cycle Lenten Fridays which aims to revive the historical tradition of musical performances held at the Monastery of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star close to the Charles Bridge in Prague.
The members of the ensemble are internationally renowned vocal artists who regularly collaborate also with Collegium Marianum and are frequent guests at some of the foremost European music festivals, such as Festival de Sablé, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Mozartfest, Prague Spring, Mitte Europa, and Bolzano Festival Bozen. They specialize in the interpretation of baroque and pre-romantic music and have appeared in concert halls in the Czech Republic and abroad with ensembles such as Bach Collegium Japan, Collegium Vocale Gent, Tiburtina Ensemble, Collegium 1704, and Doulce Memoire.
The ensemble works under the artistic direction of Vojtěch Semerád, a graduate of Charles University, Prague, and Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and currently a postgraduate student at the Papal Institute Musica Sacra in Rome where he pursues his interest in Gregorian chant and renaissance polyphony.