The Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 ensembles were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005 on the occasion of the Bach–Prague–2005 project, marking the beginning of collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival. Since 2007, Collegium 1704 have been regular guests at festivals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. In 2008, they began the Prague-Dresden Musical Bridge concert series, which continues the rich cultural traditions of the two cities. Collaboration with the renowned soloists Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux, and Bejun Mehta naturally led, in 2012, to a second concert series, called Baroque Opera Stars, held at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague. With Handel’s Rinaldo (directed by Louise Moaty), Collegium 1704 achieved successes at the National Theatre, Prague, and at opera houses in Versailles, Caen, Rennes, Luxembourg and Wien.