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2. 3. 2018

Martinů‘s Juliette (The Key to Dreams) at Opera Vision

JulietteTo mark the approaching 80th anniversary of the world premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Juliette (The Key to Dreams), which took place on 16 March 1938 at the National Theatre in Prague, the Opera Vision portal offers a recording of the current National Theatre Opera production. The title role is portrayed by Alžběta Poláčková, the part of Michel by Peter Berger. The recording of the performance and an interview about the production with the renowned television director Brian Large can be found HERE.

The anniversary of the world premiere will also be celebrated with the performance of the opera on 16 March at 7pm at the National Theatre, with Maria Kobielska and Peter Berger in the lead roles. More information HERE.

 

 


2. 3. 2018

Picture postcards featuring Emmy Destinn

To mark the 140th anniversary of the birth of Emmy Destinn, we have issued a set of 12 picture postcards, supplemented with a biography of the celebrated Czech opera singer, who at the beginning of the 20th century dazzled audiences in Berlin, Paris, London, New York and, naturally, Prague, her native city. The postcards are on sale at the National Theatre box office and in the shop on the dress circle of the historical building.


1. 3. 2018

An exhibition marking an anniversary of the world premiere of Juliette

An exhibition installed on Václav Havel Square serves to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the world premiere of Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Juliette (The Key to Dreams), which took place on 16 March 1938 at the National Theatre in Prague. We will also celebrate the anniversary with a performance of the piece on the anniversary itself. More information HERE.


4. 12. 2017

Die Entführung aus dem Serail again at the Estates Theatre

The work that marked the beginning of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s triumph in Prague returned in December to the Estates Theatre.

Únos ze serailuIn the spring of 1783, Die Entführung aus dem Serail was performed at the Nostitz Theatre (today’s Estates Theatre), as Mozart’s first dramatic piece to have been staged in Prague. The performance was the very first the singspiel was given outside Vienna. The present production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail features an attractive scenography, drawing upon the period architecture. In the current season, the role of Konstanze is being portrayed by superlative Czech singers: Jana Šrejma Kačírková, who has received three prestigious Thalia Awards, and Olga Jelínková, the winner of the audience poll of the Opera Plus online magazine. Appearing in the lead male role are the internationally renowned Czech tenors Aleš Briscein and Richard Samek. 

Performances: 14 and 20 December 2017, 12 and 21 January 2018.

Further information about the production HERE 


3. 12. 2017

Rehearsals of Billy Budd in full swing

Billy BuddThe first production to be premiered in the new year will be that of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. The opera, which will receive its Czech premiere, will be staged at the National Theatre in its original, four-act version. The lead roles will be performed by the American singer Christopher Bolduc and the Israeli bass-baritone Gidon Saks, while the Slovak tenor Štefan Margita will appear as Captain Vere. The music has been explored by the renowned British conductor Christopher Ward, the direction has been undertaken by Daniel Špinar. The tragic story unfolds on a British battleship during the Napoleonic Wars. Billy, a handsome, naive and trustful boy, falls victim to a dastardly sadistic manipulator, the master-at-arms Claggart, who falsely accuses him of inciting a mutiny. Billy inadvertently kills his tormentor and is subsequently sentenced to death. Captain Vere struggles with a harrowing dilemma: should be pardon the innocent boy, or should he comply with the rules of war. He ultimately fails to prevent the tragedy, the memory of which will haunt him for the rest of his days.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to see top-notch singers! The production will only be given six performances in the current season!

Further information about the production HERE