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RepertoireProgramme and tickets
  • Mozart's operas in the Estates Theatre

    Le nozze di Figaro - 20. 9. at 2 & 7 p. m. Die Entführung aus dem Serail - 26. 9. at 7 p. m. Don Giovanni - 27. 9. at 2 & 7 p. m.

  • The new season with a new cast

    Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il trovatore, Carmen, Rusalka etc.


5. 9. 2014

Christina Vasileva returns to Prague

After three years the winner of Thalie award soprano Christina Vasileva returns on the stage of the State Opera. In the performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore on Sunday 7 September 2014 Vasileva will sing the role of Leonora alongside tenor Gianluky Zampieri in the role of Manrico. Sunday's performance will also be exceptional for mezzo-soprano Kateřina Jalovcová, who will perform at the State Opera for the first time as Azucena.

"Il Trovatore for me is the highlight of bel canto art and for this reason the dedicated, loyal and selfless Leonora is both a beautiful and difficult role. Equally challenging parts, after all, sing all three of my colleagues. Returning to Prague is always a pleasure," says Christina Vasileva. Among her latest Prague appearances is Leoš Janáček´s Káťa Kabanová directed by Robert Wilson, musical direction by Tomáš Netopil, for which she received a Thalie Award. For her portrayal of Desdemona in Verdi's Ottello in Freiburg in 2011, the German magazine Opernwelt nominated her singer of the year. Music Director of the State Opera Martin Leginus also approached Christina Vasileva for the role of Marguerite in Boito´s Mephistopheles; the premiere is scheduled for January 2015. 


The extraordinary evening will also be enriched by a new cast member in the role of Azucena. "I'm really grateful for the opportunity to sing such an emotive and controversial character. Azucena is definitely one of my favourite roles. The first time I sang it was in the J.K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, then at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec and the last time in Bolzano and Piacenza. I also look forward to working with the excellent Christina Vasileva, with whom I stood on stage in Liberec in the production of Il Trovatore, " says Kateřina Jalovcová. Currently Jalovcová´s last role was  Fox Zlatohřbítek in a production of Janáček´s Cunning Little Vixen at the National Theatre, directed by Ondřej Havelka. In the new season she will perform in new productions of Die Zauberflöte and Boris Godunov with eight other roles in the repertoire at the National Theatre.

The role of troubadour Manrico is sung by Italian tenor Gianluca Zampieri, who is also well known to the Czech public. In 2008 he received the Thalie Award for the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac in Franco Alfano's opera, which he studied for theatre in Ostrava. In the Prague National Theatre, he sung the role of Albert Gregor in a co-production of Janáček's The Makropulos Case directed by Christopher Alden.

3. 9. 2014

La traviata at the State Opera with new protagonists

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.

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13. 6. 2014

Tickets for The Fall of Arkun and Salome are on sale

ArkunThe presale for two autumn operatic premieres was launched on 1st June 2014. Fibich´s opera The Fall of Arkun, directed by the renowned Czech opera director Jiří Heřman will have its debut on 9 and 10 October 2014. This piece will be scenically staged after more than eighty years at the National Theatre as a part of the Year of Czech Music. The second Prague operatic premiere Salome by Richard Strauss will be introduced on 23 and 26 October 2014 at the State Opera. Salome is directed by a noteworthy Polish film and theatre director Mariusz Treliński and set designer is the leading Slovak artist Boris Kudlička. In both cases, these are extraordinary projects that definitely should not to be missed in the upcoming season. More information about the cast and tickets HERE.