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Opera 10. 1. 2018

Britten’s opera Billy Budd, about innocence and supressed sexuality, on a Czech stage for the first time

The first new production to be staged by the National Theatre Opera in the new year is Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd, which will be presented on 18 January 2018 in Czech premiere. The lead roles have been assigned to the American baritone Christopher Bolduc and the Israeli bass-baritone Gidon Saks, while Captain Vere will be portrayed by the Slovak tenor Štefan Margita. The State Opera Orchestra and Chorus will be conducted by Christopher Ward, and the stage direction has been undertaken by Daniel Špinar.

Opera 6. 12. 2017

A new opera about the world-renowned Czech author Bohumil Hrabal to be staged at the National Theatre in Prague

Two decades after the death of the celebrated Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, a unique project has been created to commission for the National Theatre in Prague. Miloš Štědroň’s new opera, Don Hrabal, will undoubtedly intrigue lovers of music and literature alike. The title role will be portrayed by Roman Janál. The remarkable work will receive its world premiere on 14 December 2017 at the New Stage of the National Theatre.

Opera 7. 11. 2017

The best contemporary Heldentenor Andreas Schager to appear at the State Opera Orchestra’s Beethoven-BergWagner concert

Opera lovers can look forward to the special Beethoven-Berg-Wagner concert, scheduled to take place on 16 November 2017 at 7 pm at the Forum Karlín in Prague. The programme includes the entire Act 1 of Richard Wagner’s opera Die Walküre, starring the celebrated Austrian Heldentenor Andreas Schager (Siegmund), the superlative American soprano Meagan Miller (Sieglinde) and the brilliant Slovak bass Peter Mikuláš (Hunding). The State Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Andreas Sebastian Weiser, the music director of the State Opera. The evening’s programme also encompasses Beethoven’s Leonore Overture 1, Op. 138, and Berg’s Violin Concerto, which will be performed by the gifted Austrian violinist Lidia Baich.

Opera 5. 9. 2017

The new National Theatre Opera season to open with a unique concert featuring music from the era of the New German Theatre

The National Theatre Opera has launched its 135th season. For its opening concert, Petr Kofroň, the rtistic Director of the National Theatre Opera and State Opera, has chosen works that were included in the repertoire of the New German Theatre in Prague. All of the operas, whose overtures, interludes and ballet music will be performed during the gala evening, had acclaimed premieres, and some of them even went on to enjoy popularity on numerous renowned stages elsewhere. Nonetheless, they have fallen into oblivion. But has their fate been justified? Come and judge for yourselves on Thursday 14 September at 7 pm at the historical building of the National Theatre in Prague.