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    Britten: Billy Budd

    Premiere performance on 18 January

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4. 12. 2017

A successful return of Jenůfa

On Friday 1 December, the National Theatre staged the revived production of Janáček’s Jenůfa.

JenůfaThe 2005 production, directed by Jiří Nekvasil and with the sets designed by Daniel Dvořák, for the first time featured the National Theatre Opera soloist Alžběta Poláčková in the role of Jenůfa. The review published on the internet portal Opera Plus, assessed her debut performance: “Jenůfa is a great step forward in Alžběta Poláčková’s repertoire. The singer sounds great in all the registers, her pronunciation was for the most part clear, she was capable of lucidly phrasing the vocal line, which she constantly varied in terms of expression and dynamics, duly creating a forcible portrait of the character. It may be assumed that her debut as Jenůfa is the basis for the future development of the heroine, and that Poláčková will further improve her performance as regards the melodic passages, and she will nuance even more the vocal expression and acting.” 

Partners to Poláčková on stage were Eliška Weissová as Kostelnička, Peter Berger and Tomáš Juhás as Jenůfa’s half-brothers Laca and Štěva, and Jitka Svobodová, debuting in the role of the Mayor’s wife. The revived production is conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the music director of the National Theatre Opera. 

The next performances will take place on 15 and 29 December, with Eva Urbanová starring in the role of Kostelnička. 

Further information about the production 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