LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE / THE WAYWARD DOUGHTER
For the very first time in its history, the Czech National Ballet will perform Sir Frederick Ashton’s famous choreography La Fille mal gardée. The fascinating masterpiece, whose productions have featured the world’s very finest dancers, has to date been staged by more than 35 companies, including the Royal Ballet in London, the Paris Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the American Ballet, the Boston Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
The twentieth National Theatre production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – the very first staged by a woman
Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro is one of the most popular operas of all time. The piece has been always been much loved in Prague in particular. During Mozart’s lifetime, its melodies were so cherished that they were sung not only on stage, but also in the streets of the city. For the first time in the history of the National Theatre, the opera has been undertaken by a woman - the renowned Czech director Magdalena Švecová. The National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus will be conducted by Italy’s Enrico Dovico. The role of Figaro will be performed by Miloš Horák, Jan Šťáva and František Zahradníček, Susanna will be portrayed by Yukiko Kinjo and Jana Sibera, the Countess by Marie Fajtová, Alžběta Poláčková and Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Count Almaviva by Jiří Hájek, Roman Janál and Adam Plachetka, our exclusive guest. Cherubino will be sung by Kateřina Jalovcová, Alžběta Vomáčková and Michaela Zajmi.
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.
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.
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.