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    The Czech debut of stage director Tomo Sugao conducted by Enrico Dovico


20. 8. 2015

Canadian Carmen at The State Opera

Audience members will discover a new face in the title role of one of their most favourite opera. Bizet's Carmen is the first performance of the new opera season 2015/2016 starring Canadian mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel. Friday's performance under the baton of Tomáš Brauner will be her Czech debut. Alongside Mireille Lebel as Don José the Argentinean tenor Raul Gabriel Iriarte will also debut in his role at The State Opera; he has already sang the role of Faust in Boito's Mefistofele.

"I still perceive the character of Carmen in this production as a seductress, but also a charming traitor. I am pleased that with my entrance onto the stage of The State Opera I can move between two worlds - the enchanting Prague and the exotic, colourful Seville, as imagined by Bizet himself," says Mireille Lebel.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Mireille Lebel grew up in Vancouver and received her musical education at the Universities of Toronto and Montreal. She has had extensive experience with the old, pre-mozart music. She has participated as part of the Boston Early Music Festival in recordings of the operas Acteon by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and operas of Jean-Baptiste Lully Theseus and Psyche, both of which were nominated for a Grammy Award. As a member of the opera studio of the Montreal expanded its repertoire the role of Flora (La Traviata), Mallika (Lakmé), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Concepción (The Spanish Hour) or Lisetta (The World on the Moon). At The Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden, she performed in contemporary opera by Ana Sokolovic The Midnight Court. Lebel also sang the role of Ljubica at the European premiere production of The Wedding by same author, which was presented this year at the prestigious festival in Aix-en-Provence and in May 2016 Nantes in May 2016. From season 2009/2010 Mireille Lebel is a member of the ensemble at Theater Erfurt in Germany, where among her roles are Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Idamante in Idomeneo and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, as well as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus by Strauss, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Olga in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Fyodor in Boris Godunov.

Mireille Lebel will sing the role of Carmen the State Opera again on 30 January, 23 March and 11 June 2016.

6. 2. 2015

Estates Theatre with new production of Zauberflöte

Best Czech Mozart singers, the stylish sound of the National Theatre orchestra, fantastic expedition by set designer Miroslav Huptych, graceful costumes by Tomas Kypta and magical direction by Vladimír Morávek offers the new staging of Mozart's Zauberflöte at the Estates Theatre. Second premiere of this family opera on Saturday, February 7, 2015. More dates on our website. We look forward to seeing you there!

25. 9. 2014

Debate with the production team and soloists of The Fall of Arkun on 1st October 2014 at 15.00 in the main foyer of the National Theatre

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

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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