The National Theatre presents a fairy-tale opera Schwanda the Bagpiper
After ninety-five years, Jaromír Weinberger's fairy-tale opera Schwanda the Bagpiper returns to the stage of the National Theatre. The work, which has been performed by the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Covent Garden in London, has been directed by Vladimír Morávek, the author of one of the most successful productions of the National Theatre in history – Mozart's The Magic Flute –, and conducted by Zbyněk Müller. Schwanda the Bagpiper, with the subheading The Devil Lost, He Regrets, based on J. K. Tyl’s popular play The Strakonice Bagpiper, or The Feast of Wild Women, is a fairy tale from head to toe – depicting a simple story, featuring clear-cut characters, either evil or good, and, naturally, with a happy ending. All that supported by music abounding in lovely melodies, masterful fugues, as well as a grandiose conclusion with a quotation of the splendid Czech song In Our Yard. The fairy tale about love and magic bagpipes was translated into seventeen languages and travelled literally around the world from Prague to Vienna, Berlin, Munich, London's Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Buenos Aires. A great tip for a family performance in the dreamy direction by Vladimír Morávek! Opera in Czech with English subtitles. For children aged 10 and up. The project is part of the Musica non grata (musicanongrata.en) series financially supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Czech Republic.