Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish” scheduled for Czech premiere as a part of the Musica non grata project
Musica non grata is a project aimed at rediscovering works by composers persecuted by the National Socialists. On Saturday 23 April, at 7:00 PM, Tomáš Brauner will conduct the National Theatre Orchestra at the National Theatre’s historic building, performing a Czech premiere of Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish” by Mieczysław Weinberg as a part of the project. The soprano Marie Fajtová will sing the solo part and the evening will be opened by Maciej Ruczaj, the director of the Polish Institute in Prague, speaking on the context of creation of the work.
The “self-made woman” at the State Opera
As a part of the Musica non grata project, the State Opera will present Franz Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang after 102 years. Being one of the most famous operas composed in the first half of the 20th century, the piece will be directed by the twice Golden Mask Award holder Timofey Kulyabin as his Czech debut. Premieres are scheduled for 20th and 26th March with reprises on 29th March and 3rd and 10th April.
The passionate Carmen returns to the stage of the National Theatre in a new production
Georges Bizet’s Carmen is one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. The National Theatre will present its new production of the piece on 10th and 12th of March. The story of Don José, a soldier, who succumbs to the lure of the Gypsy temptress Carmen, will be retold by the German stage director Grischa Asagaroff. Petr Popelka, the recently-appointed chief conductor of the Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra, will be charged with preparing the musical aspects of the premiere. Costume and stage design was entrusted to the Italian artist Luigi Perego. The leading quartet of characters will feature alternatively Nana Dzidziguri and Ester Pavlů as Carmen, Luis Gomez and Michal Lehotský as Don José, Łukász Golinski and Svatopluk Sem as Escamillo and Kateřina Kněžíková, Alžběta Poláčková and Jana Sibera as Micaela.
The Czech National Ballet premiere Romeo and Juliet
The most famous love story of all time, the grand and timeless theme, is the subject of John Cranko’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, which we will stage at the State Opera.
National Theatre Opera and the State Opera aim for new horizons in the new year: Leading opera stage directors to meet in Prague
In January, Prague will become the place, where leaders of today’s opera will meet: three world-class opera stage directors will be working in the Czech Republic at the same place and time. In addition, the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera prepared a “premiere festival” for this June. Also, our young spectators will have a number of educational programs to look forward to. The Musica non grata project will echo with Franz Schreker’s Distant sound (Der ferne Klang) and burst with Schulhoff’s Flames (Flammen). But lovers of the more traditional titles will not be left behind and will certainly be pleased by the new productions of Carmen and the Bartered Bride.
January Full of Premieres at the National Theatre Opera
The first month of the new year will see no less than three long-expected premieres at the National Theatre: Mozart’s Così fan tutte will open the season at the Estates Theatre on 8 January, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer will arrive at the State Opera on 20 and 23 January and Katya Kabanova will close the month at the National Theatre on 28 and 30 January.