Opera The State Opera
A. Boito: Mefistofele
30 January - Štefan Kocán, Raúl Gabriel Iriarte, Christina VasilevaMore information
14. 1. 2015
The only completed opera by the Italian composer and Verdi´s contemporary Arrigo Boito, brings world renown musical personalities to Prague. Mefistofele at the State Opera is a meeting of the sought by Italian conductor Marco Guidarini and bassist Stefan Kocan in the title role. And not just them. Among the soloists are Raúl Gabriel Iriarte, Peter Mikulas, Eva Urbanova, Christina Vasileva or Alžběta Poláčková. Also the State Opera Choir and the Boys' Choir Pueri gaudentes have a vital role in the production. Directed by Ivan Krejci Mefistofele will premiere at the State Opera 22nd and 24th January 2015.
"Mefistofele deals with the most fundamental philosophical issues, questions of desire for eternal youth, undying beauty, boundless knowledge. And increasingly also the modern man is now turning to such questions," says conductor Marco Guidarini who musically prepared the piece. "This opera unveils the truth about ourselves. Faust and Mefistofele represent the metaphor of these desires, fears, illusions and hopes. Listening to Mefistofele is thus a means to participating in a unique expedition of discovery," says Guidarini. He has had a number of musical directions, among others, he conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York or Milan's La Scala. His conducting beginnings are associated with the position of assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the National Opera in Lyon. From 2001 to 2009 he was principal conductor of the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra in Nice, France.
25. 9. 2014
Dear friends of the opera, we would like to invite you for a debate with the creative team and performers of the upcoming premiere of Zdeněk Fibich´s opera The Fall of Arkun.
We look forward to seeing you in the main foyer of the National Theatre on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 from 15.00 (use the main entrance of the theatre). Their ideas of staging a musical approach will be presented by: conductor John Fiore, director Jiří Heřman, soloist Dana Burešová and more. Hosted by head dramaturg Ondřej Hučín. Free admission.
3. 9. 2014
For two nights in September and October the leading Slovak soprano Eva Hornyáková premieres in the role of Violetta Valéry in Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata at the State Opera.
The singer returns to the State Opera after her successful concert performance of Puccini's La Rondine (The Swallow) in May this year. Hornyáková will sing the role of Violetta for the first time in Prague on Friday, 5 September 2014 and her singing partner will be Tomáš Juhás for whom Friday´s performance is also a debut in the role of Alfredo Germont at the State Opera. The role of Giorgio Germont is sung by the excellent Svatopluk Sem.
"I believe that with this new cast we will bring a fresh perspective into this contemporary and very appealingly staged production and that the pleasure of rehearsing with soloists, the choir and the orchestra will be passed on to our audience,” wishes Martin Leginus, Music Director and conductor of the State Opera performances.
"The first opera I've seen as a child was La traviata. Such an experience can never be forgotten, I still had goose bumps remembering the show long after. For this intense feeling I have decided to study opera singing and Violetta was naturally my artistic dream. Since then I have had the opportunity to sing Violetta in Lübeck, Germany and in two Spanish productions. Now my dream will also come true in Prague under the baton of Martin Leginus,” rejoices Eva Hornyáková.
Hornyáková will also sing in Verdi's La Traviata at the State Opera on 25 October 2014 with Aleš Briscein in the role as Alfred and Jakub Kettner as Giorgio. La traviata was on the repertoire of our opera house (today's State Opera) from the very beginning of its existence, when it was brought over from the Estates Theatre.