Opera season 2021/22
The Opera of National Theatre in Prague is back with a bang. We are offering two premieres in our first week with Don Giovanni on August 28th followed by Rigoletto on September 2nd. We welcome you to a season packed with exciting highlights and as many as eleven premieres!
A new Rigoletto will be conducted by Vincenzo Milletarì, the lead role sung by Nikoloz Lagvilava and Daniel Luis de Vicente, who just sang the same part with great success during the Bregenz Festival. The young Czech stage director Barbora Horáková Joly, who is doing a remarkable international career, will direct both Rigoletto and Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill combined with Arnold Schönberg's Erwartung. The double-bill will be led by the young Czech conductor Jiří Rožeň, who will also musically direct Flames by Erwin Schulhoff. Petr Popelka, another Czech conductor with a rising career, will do a new production of Carmen (director Grischa Asagaroff) and a revival of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Tatjana Gürbaca is the stage director for our new production of Mozart´s Così fan tutte, which will be conducted by Karsten Januschke, who is also responsible for the musical rehearsal of Don Giovanni. Calixto Bieito makes his Prague debut with both Katja Kabanova and Schulhoff's Don Giovanni-adaptation Flames, which has not been played in the Czech Republic since its premiere in 1932. The State Opera's Music director Karl-Heinz Steffens will conduct Wagner The Flying Dutchman staged by Ole Anders Tandberg and Franz Schrekers Der Ferne Klang directed by Russian Timofej Kuljabin. The well-known film director Alice Nellis will offer a new interpretation of the Czech National Opera The Bartered Bride, conducted by the National Theatre opera's music director Jaroslav Kyzlink. He starts the season with an opening concert on 9th September and a new production of The Barber of Seville on October 7th, directed by Magdalena Švecová with Adam Plachetka in the leading role, Petr Nekoranec as Count Almaviva and Icelandic Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir in the role as Rosina.