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30. 10. 2014

World-renowned tenor José Cura as Otello at the State Opera

One of the most sought after contemporary tenors will perform in a production of the State Opera for the first time. José Cura accepted the offer from the director of the National Theatre Jan Burian and director of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera Silvie Hroncová to perform the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello on Thursday, January 29 and Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The opera will be conducted by Music Director of the State Opera Martina Leginus.

In the first cast, the role of Desdemona will be sung by Eva Hornyáková and Jago by Dalibor Jenis. Pavla Vykopalová and Ivan Kusnjer will take over these roles in the following performance in February. 

With this, the National Theatre is fulfilling its promise to offer its subscribers the greatest experiences including stars of international reputation. The holders of the package ´Světové operní hity´ will have the greatest pleasure from the performance on February 24, 2015. Ticket sales for both performances go on sale today. Ticket prices range from CZK 690 CZK to 1950 CZK.



One of the last performances of the famous tenor and conductor includes the character Dick Johnson at the Vienna State Opera in September this year. His greatest success, however, was with Otello, where in the past two years he has sang in Buenos Aires, Vienna, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York under the baton of Semyon Bychkov and the Deutsche Oper Berlin with conductor Donald Runnicles and direction by Andreas Kriegenburg.

During the beginning of this season, the State Opera introduced several debuts in the leading roles of its repertory productions: Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo as Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Vincent Schirrmacher appeared as the Duke in the same production. Eva Hornyáková shone as Violetta Valéry in Verdi's La traviata, the role of Rusalka starred Alžběta Poláčková, the new Rosina in The Barber of Seville was performed by Michaela Kapustová and Christina Vasileva will return to the role of Leonora after three years. The premiere of Strauss's Salome last week has also received extraordinary reviews with Gun-Brit Barkmin performing the title role, musical preparation by Heiko Matthias Förster and directed by Mariusz Treliński.

The performance of José Cura in the production of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, directed by Dominic Neuner will take place in Prague thanks to the support of Bohemian Heritage Fund.

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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