Autumn at the Opera
The National Theatre Opera and the State Opera will open new season with a concert performance of the opera Makropulos Affair by Leoš Janáček. On the National Theatre stage will perform Czech opera stars Eva Urbanová, Adam Plachetka, Jana Sibera, Aleš Briscein and others. There will be two performances on September 11 and 14.
Another star cast awaits the audience in Dvořák's Rusalka (National Theatre) – in the leading roles are Kateřina Kněžíková (Rusalka), Pavel Černoch (Prince), Jana Kurucová (Ježiba / Cizí knežna) and Günther Groissböck (Water Goblin) who sang this part, among others, at the Metropolitan Opera.
The first premiere of the season is the revue operetta Ball im Savoy by composer Paul Abraham. Crazy story full of musical hits and jazz music, funny plots and love affairs will be performed at the State Opera on September 16. 2022, directed by Martin Čičvák. The first premiere title of the National Theatre Opera is Weinberger's opera Schwanda the Bagpiper . The world premiere took place in 1927 in the “golden chapel” and has been applauded by audiences all over the world ever since. This fairy tale opera is suitable for the whole family.
On November 17 and 26, the provocative production Flammen (Erwin Schulhoff) returns to the State Opera as a title of the Musica non grata project. As part of this exceptional project, the ensemble of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre will visit the State Opera with Hans Krása's opera Betrothal in a Dream, directed by Jiří Nekvasil. The second premiere at the State Opera is Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, directed by the famous opera director Andreas Homoki. In February 2023, we are preparing the premiere of the opera Kleider Machen Leute by the Austrian composer Alexander Zemlinsky, in the past the director of the New German Theatre (today's State Opera). This title is also included in the repertoire of the Musica non grata project. The Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen will create this production and the musical staging is undertaken by the young Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė. The last opera premiere at the State Opera will be an evening composed of two opera gems traditionally performed together: Mascagni's Saddler Cavalier and Leoncavallo's Comedians created by the renowned Czech director Ondřej Havelka. You can look forward to the premiere on June 15 and 17 2023.
Dvořák's opera Armida will be performed at the National Theater in May 2023. Robert Jindra, the new music director of the National Theatre Opera will lead the National Theatre orchestra. In the Estates Theatre we will present a new production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of the renowned British conductor Julie Jones and directed by Barbora Horáková Joly (premiere June 9 and 11, 2023).
We have also prepared a concert series for classical music lovers. In addition to the traditional Advent concerts, Mozart's Birthday and Bedřich Smetana's Matinee, the National Theatre Orchestra will pay tribute in October to great Czech composers with the concert Hommage à Smetana, Kovařovic, Ostrčil, and in January to the masters of Russian classical music, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff.
We look forward to our audience in the new season and wish all members of the National Theatre Opera and State Opera “Break a leg!”