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    Rossini: La Cenerentola

    23 March - An Italian comic opera with Michaela Zajmi as Cenerentola

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  • Opera The New Stage

    Don Hrabal

    28. 3. a 12. 4 - An opera about world-famous author Bohumil Hrabal

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  • State Opera

    Performances of the State Opera at the Karlín Music Theatre

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13. 3. 2019

After Berlin or Modena, Martin Muehle is performing Andrea Chénier for the first time in Prague.

Martin MuehleYou have already sung in the National Theatre as Don José in Carmen – this was your first encounter with Prague´s audience and colleagues – how did you enjoy it, how did you like the production? Are you looking forward to be back again? The Carmen in Prague was a great first encounter for me. The production was beautiful and modern at the same time (which was a positive surprise for me!). I was also very pleased to have excellent singers and musicians around me. The maestro and orchestra were great! The audience was warm-hearted and generous as well, making the evening a stunning event. So yes, since then I have been wanting to go back to Prague and now I have the opportunity to do so!

You studied the role of Andrea Chénier for Berlin – how did it go, how was the production, the audience?

I sang Chénier for the very first time in Brazil in 2010 actually. Then again in Berlin in 2017. It is one of the most difficult and demanding roles of the romantic repertoire for a tenor. It went very well in Berlin. I was lucky to also have great colleagues and a conductor there, who knew the music inside and out. The audience rewarded us with big, warm applause and I also received some good reviews.

Why should the spectators come to see Andrea Chénier? 

Andrea Chénier is a concentrated piece of music and drama. In 2,5 hours of music my character sings 4 arias and 2 duets of some of the greatest dramatic and romantic music of the 20th century! Actually the action happens around him. He is as dreamer, a poet and a patriot.

Andrea Chénier is a romantic opera – do you think that romance is dead? 

Romance has just started!

Don´t you think the spectators might be afraid of the titles they do not know really well (on the contrary to Carmen, La traviata, Don Giovanni etc.) because they do not know what to expect?

They will be confronted with such a wave of melody and drama that they don’t need to be afraid, but rather curious and hungry. Chénier is a portrait of the late romantic period... an idealist who dies for his convictions. I am sure the Prague audience will be delighted and mesmerised by this music!

Could you compare this to the situation in other countries? 

La Traviata, Carmen, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, are masterpieces of music and drama. They make up what we call "standard repertoire" everywhere in the world. Voices were trained to sing this repertoire for decades, centuries. Andrea Chénier brings a new challenge: singers must be capable of enduring the tessitura and the technical aspects of the score. It is a romantic opera for a modern type of singing, written for spinto and dramatic voices, but anchored in a very bel canto tradition of singing. It isn't done often because the voices capable of singing it are getting rarer. I consider myself lucky to have reached the vocal and technical level of being able to portray Chénier and to have the opportunity to sing it in such a great theatre and a city with a strong opera tradition like Prague has.

5. 3. 2019

Sternenhoch receives three nominations for the Theatre Critics’ Prize 2018!

The National Theatre Opera production Sternenhoch, to Ivan Acher’s libretto and music, conducted by Petr Kofroň and directed by Michal Dočekal, has been nominated for the Czech Theatre Critics’ Prize 2018 in three categories:

- Best Production of 2018

- Best New Czech Play of 2018

- Best Music of 2018

Next performances: 21 March and 2 April at the New Stage. More about the production HERE.

15. 2. 2019

Audition for the National Theatre Chorus

We would like to inform you that auditions for the tenor voice group of the National Theater Chorus will be held on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 14:00 in the historical building of the Prague National Theater. More information on All prospective singers are welcome!

Aleš Mihálik, tajemník sboru ND
Ostrovní 1
112 30 Praha 1 


6. 2. 2019

Karl-Heinz Steffens appoints the new Music Director of the State Opera

In August 2019, the post of the Music Director of the State Opera in Prague will be assumed by Karl-Heinz Steffens, the former Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera.

P. B. Hansen and Karl-Heinz SteffensAt a press conference, Per Boye Hansen (left), who has been appointed to the post of Artistic Director of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera, introduced his closest associates and presented the plans for his tenure.

Per Boye Hansen intends to collaborate with numerous internationally renowned artists,” Prof. Jan Burian, the General Director of the National Theatre, said at the beginning of the meeting with journalists. 

“Precious few theatres in Europe reflect in such a diverse manner the operatic and cultural history of Prague and the whole of Europe. I deem the task to imbue the State Opera following its reopening with a new musical vigour to be a great challenge and heartfelt matter. I really look forward to working with the orchestra, chorus, ensemble and soloists in Prague, a true city of music. A city whose musical charm has no one ever broken since the time of Mozart,”Karl-Heinz Steffens pointed out.

“Karl-Heinz Steffens combines a superb and highly exceptional musicality with a profound understanding and knowledge of the complexity of opera as an art form. He is an ideal partner for any stage director, he is loved and respected by noted singers, as well as being a great supporter of young talent,”is howPer Boye Hansen characterised his associate.

“I congratulate the National Theatre in Prague on having appointed Karl-Heinz Steffens Music Director of the State Opera,” Daniel Barenboim, the principal conductor of the Staatsoper unter den Linden, said in Berlin.


Karl-Heinz Steffens will prepare and conduct the gala concert that will mark the reopening of the State Opera in January 2020, as well as a production of Karol Szymanowski’s opera King Roger, and he will also conduct revivals of Fidelio and Tosca.

Steffens’s predecessor, Andreas Sebastian Weiser, has remained a conductor of the National Theatre. Silvia Hroncová continues to be the Director of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera and Jaroslav Kyzlink continues to hold the post of the Music Director of the National Theatre Opera. The former Artistic Director, Petr Kofroň, will still be in charge of contemporary and experimental opera and the Opera Nova festival.

“Owing to Petr Kofroň, the National Theatre has succeeded in raising the audience’s interest in contemporary music. Extremely popular has been the production of Ivan Acher’s Sternenhoch, directed by Michal Dočekal, which has been performed at the New Stage and has come top of the Divadelní noviny poll,”Jan Burian added.

Per Boye Hansen’s team will pay great attention to the reopening of the State Opera in the wake of the venue’s reconstruction.

“In the autumn of 2019, we will start transferring all the repertoire opera productions to the building, which has been equipped with state-of-the-art technologies. The very first performance to take place at the refurbished State Opera will be the gala evening scheduled for 5 January 2020, the day marking the 132nd anniversary of its first inauguration,”Jan Burian said, adding: “After years of working in provisional arrangements, the State Opera company will thus be able to breath freely in new, far better conditions.”

 “Yet before moving to its reconstructed residence, the company will present at the New Stage the Czech premiere of Shchedrin’s Lolita, based on Nabokov’s world-famous novel,” Per Boye Hansen pointed out.

To mark the reopening of the State Opera, the National Theatre is planning to host a special gala evening, which will feature an overview of the most glorious chapters of its remarkable history. Another of the apices of the State Opera’s forthcoming season will be an adaptation of Szymanowski’s King Roger, to be co-produced with the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, the Royal Opera in Stockholm and other partners, and staged by the feted Polish opera and film director Mariusz Treliński.

8. 1. 2019

Sternenhoch wins the Best Production of 2018 poll

SternenhochThe production of Ivan Acher’s opera Sternenhoch has won the Divadelní noviny poll.

More about the production 


19. 11. 2018

The National Theatre Prize goes to Daria Rositskaya

Darija RosickajaThis year too the National Theatre Opera awarded its traditional prize to a young talented singer, who has been invited to appear in one of its new productions in the next season. At the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary, the accolade was bestowed to the superb Russian mezzo-soprano Daria Rositskaya, this year’s winner of the Song category and holder of second prize in the Opera category. At the final concert, she have a dazzling account of Sesto’s aria “Parto, parto...”, for which she also received the Prize for the Best Performance of a Mozart aria. Daria Rositskaya studied at the Academy of Young Opera Singers within the Mariinsky Theatre and the State Academy of Performing Arts in St. Petersburg. At the present time, she is a soloist of the renowned Beyond the Mirror theatre in St. Petersburg, where she has performed as Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and other parts. She appeared in the title role in Bizet’s Carmen at the International Festival of Young Opera Singers in Rheinsberg, Germany. Rositskaya also sang in concert performances of operas, including at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre and the Helikon Opera Theatre in Moscow.

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