|Łukasz Karauda and Dvořák's Te Deum|
Dvořák sketched the work out in less than a week and had completed it by the end of July 1892. It was not in fact performed at the Columbus celebrations for which it had been intended but received its first performance a fortnight later on October 21, 1892 at the New York Hall, with a choir of 250 singers conducted by Dvorak himself.
The Te Deum is also known as Ambrosian Hymn or A Song of the Church, and is an early Christian hymn of praise. The title is taken from its opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, rendered as "Thee, O God, we praise". The hymn follows the outline of the Apostles' Creed, mixing a poetic vision of the heavenly liturgy with its declaration of faith.
Dvořák's Te Deum with the Vienna Philharmonic & Czech Philharmonic Choir:
Karauda graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is a recipient of a Bryn Terfel Foundation award. He was also tutored by fellow Polish barihunk Mariusz Kwiecien.
He won the first prize in the 5th Kurpinski Polish National Voice Competition in Wloszakowice, Poland and the ‘Most Promising Singer’ at the 2015 London Welsh ‘Young Welsh Singer of the Year’ competition.
At the Royal Welsh College of Music he sang the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and the title role in their production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Steward in Dove's Flight, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, Dancaïre and Morales, Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen at the St Magnus Festival in Scotland.
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