Autumn with Musica non grata
The autumn with the Musica non grata cycle has a great deal to offer: two premieres, one of a revue operetta Ball im Savoy, the other of a fairy-tale opera Schwanda, the Bagpiper, followed by the return of Verlobung im Traum (Betrothal in a Dream) to the State Opera, and last three reruns of the surrealist Flammen (Flames). It brings the work of the king of jazz operetta, Paul Abraham and Czech-German “undesirable” composers such as Jaromír Weinberger, Hans Krása and Erwin Schulhoff back into the spotlight.
Robert Jindra, the new Music Director of the National Theatre Opera, will open his tenure by conducting Rusalka and The Makropulos Affair featuring stellar cast
The newly appointed Music Director of the National Theatre Opera will introduce himself to the audiences with a series of four performances of Dvořák’s Rusalka in August and September followed by concert performance of Janáček’s Makropulos Affair sung by leading European performers.
Musica non grata invites to the second year of Terezín Music Academy dedicated to “degenerated” music
From 15 to 18 August 2022, the second year of the Terezín Music Academy will be held on the premises of the former Terezín ghetto and in Prague. The Academy is a ongoing cooperation between the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Czech Republic and the Terezín Composers’ Institute within the framework of the Musica non grata project. Concerts, lectures, rehearsals and workshops will be open to the general public free of charge.
National Theatre, Czech Philharmonic and Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival to co-host the greatest opera conference Opera Europa
Prague and Litomyšl will become a true mecca of the opera world. More than three hundred opera managers from 43 countries of the world will meet at the heart of Europe to discuss the future of the genre and watch latest opera productions. The conference will take place in the renovated building of the State Opera, in Rudolfinum and the State Castle of Litomyšl. The event will be attended by representatives of leading European theatres – Covent Garden, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Bayerisches Staatsoper, Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Teatr Wielki, Norwegian National Opera and many others.
The State Opera in Flames! A Don Juan tale as told by Calixto Bieito
As a part of the Musica non grata cycle, the State Opera will present a Czech version of the surrealist opera Flammen (Flames) by Erwin Schulhoff, for the first time since its world premiere in Brno in 1932. On this occasion, the National Theatre team reconstructed the original Czech libretto by Karel Josef Beneš. This unusual Don Juan tale will be told by Calixto Bieito, the musical side of the production was entrusted to Jiří Rožeň. For the first time, State Opera will burst in Flames on Sunday 12 June.
Diverse European Theatres and Artists from Ukraine Take Centre Stage at ETC International Theatre Conference in Prague
The ETC International Theatre Conference, run by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) in partnership with Národní divadlo – the National Theatre, will run from 19-22 May 2022 and will bring together almost 120 senior theatre professionals from leading theatres around the continent.