Rock the Opera (English)

The symphonic rock specialist, conductor Friedemann Riehle brought a milestone in Rock history with the greatest arrangements. Riehle works on authentic and powerful rock orchestrations since 2001. He brings the orchestra to a real dialog with the rock instruments and creates that way a spectacular sound and energy. The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra combines the atmosphere and power of the original songs with a unique interpretation and the grand sound of an orchestra of  rock groups like: Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, U2.

Three remarkable female voices provide the connection between two seemingly incompatible worlds. Together with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and drummer František Hönig, who performed with Frank Zappa, they lead the audience into a world of music in which everything is possible.

“I simply brought the orchestra back to its historical role, performing songs loved by the audience”, comment the conductor Friedemann Riehle.



Friedemann Riehle

Guest Star

Joe Lynn Turner
Joe Lynn Turner

Rock Star Joe Lynn Turner, is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer, famous for his soulful and expressive vocals. Inspired by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. Recently, Turner has received recognition and distinguished awards from around the world. In 2015, he was named Cultural Ambassador to Bulgaria. That same year, he accepted the Legends of Rock Award in Italy, and the Peace maker Award in Crimea. And in 2016, he received The Man of The Golden Voice Award in Peru.

Rock the Opera Team singers

Marketa Poulickova

Marketa was born in Moravia. Being just 14 years old, she won the first price at the Czech Newcomer competition; Zlin Talent and the Grand Prix at the Song festival in Cairo.

Leanne Jarvis

Born in the UK, Leanne is well known from her breathtaking performances as a finalist on the 2013 season of ‘The Voice UK’.Leanne can best be described as a real entertainer and amazes the audience every time.

Sabina Olijve

Sabina Olijve, born in the Netherlands, appeared in many Czech Musicals, works with the Prague Shakespeare Company and acts as well.

Jill Marie Cooper

Jilll Marie Cooper, born in the UK, was trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and the London Studio Centre, has both many years of experience in the London’s live music scene and theater.

Nikoleta Spalasova

Nikoleta was born in Athens, and moved to Prague at the age of 8. Being 15, she sang on the stage of the Prague National Theater in Mozart’s Zauberflöte. Soon after she began to focus on rock music and writing her own songs.

And not to forget on the drums: Frantisek Hönig (performed with F. Zappa)

guitars: Rony Janecek, Bass: Richard Scheufler

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Recent Press Articles

You can read the latest received review here.

Vienna State Opera

In the sold-out Vienna State Opera for the first time worldfamous hits by Queen, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and others. Friedemann Riehle conducted the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, a rock band and four strong-voiced singers. This repertory of classic rock attracted several generations that evening.

ORF – Austrian State TV

Berlin Konzerthaus

Under the title of Symphony in Rock, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor Friedemann Riehle succeeded in the impossible: a perfect combination of rock music and wide symphonic sound.

Berliner Woche

…a concert that, for once (as an exception), offered real broadening horizons.

Zitty – Berliner Stadtmagazin

“Brain Damage/Eclipse” marked the preliminary punch line in a beaming and massive, and quite honestly, grandiose version.

Christian Schmidt-Brucken, Crossover-agm

Big ovations of applause yesterday afternoon at the Teatro Massimo for the excellent performance of “Symphonic Rock” conducted by Maestro Friedemann Riehle.

Musica Loredana Mannina

…a perfectly classical interpretation of legendary rock songs… It is more than just a simple reproduction, rather, it purely and unpretentiously sweeps one away.

Luxemburger Tageblatt

Highlights on Past Tours

Few of the most impressive concerts in our past, were the sold out concerts in the Vienna State Opera (2015-2016), the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis (2017-2018) and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Furthermore the Invitation of the Armenian President to play together with the Armenian State Philharmonic and Ian Gillan in Yerevan, an audience of 7’000 rock lovers in front of the Dresden Semper Opera.

Our Upcoming Shows in 2019

  • May – Oslo – Konserthus
  • July – Firenze – MusArt Festival Firenze
  • July – Summer Tour Netherlands
  • August – Vienna – Wiener StaatsOper
  • September- Plovdiv – Plovdiv Amphitheatre
  • September – Athents – Odeon of Herodes Atticus
  • November – Liege – Opera Royal de Wallonie

Highlihts of the setlist are:

  • Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall,
  • Queen – We Are The Champions, A Kind of Magic,
  • Deep Purple – Fireball, When A Blind Man Cries, Smoke On the Water,
  • Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir,
  • U2 – One and Where The Streets Have No Name.

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Sylvie Decor

Event Manager

BASEL Switzerland

Reception +41 61 271 01 55

Mobile +41 79 948 92 40