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23. 3. 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce that Mrs. Antonie Denygrová, a long-time soloist of the National Theatre Opera, passed away on 21 March 2019. She was permanently engaged by the National Theatre from 1973 to 1991.
During her rich career, she appeared on the stage of the leading Czech scene in many roles including e.g. Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová, Liza in the Queen of Spades, the Qeenin Novák’s Karlštejn or Sophie in Cikker’s The Game of Love and Death. Prague spectators could enjoy her performances also in the roles the Foreign Princess in Rusalka, Senta in the Flying Dutchman or Vendulka, Krasava or Ludmila from operas by Smetana. After the separation of Prague’s opera theatres, she remained a member of the State Opera in Prague, where she sung Ghita in Der Zwerg, Janáček’s Kostelnička, Marja in Krása’s Verlobung im Traum, Herodias in Salome by Strauss and a number of other parts.
Our most sincere sympathy to the bereaved.
18. 3. 2019
On 17 March, the Divadlo pod Palmovkou theatre in Prague hosted the ceremony of announcement of the Theatre Critics’ Prizes for 2018. The National Theatre Opera won the Music of the Year category for its production of Ivan Acher’s Sternenhoch. Ivan Acher also received the highest number of nominations.
The opera blockbuster Sternenhoch, to Ivan Acher’s music and libretto, conducted by Petr Kofroň and directed by Michal Dočekal, was also shortlisted in the Best Production and the Best New Czech Play categories. The Talent of 2018 prize went to Tereza Marečková for her performance of a part in Sternenhoch. In the current season, the audience can see the prizewinning production at the New Stage on 21 March and 2 April, with both performances starting at 8 pm.
The composer and librettist Ivan Acher said:
“One of the audience’s praises makes me particularly happy: ‘I have never seen an opera performance attended by tattooed youngsters and decrepit subscribers alike. Not only did they get together in one place at the same time, all of them left the theatre equally overwhelmed by the show.’ Sternenhoch simply delights us. Our team of kindred souls from all the corners of our country have put forth so much energy that we would feel hurt if we had failed to pass on the vigour from the rehearsals to the audience, as well as lay professionals and professional laymen. We are a happy gang indeed.”
The stage director Michal Dočekal pointed out:
„Ivan Acher is a black mountain lion disguised as a koala.
A top-notch tap dancer, a creator of large-format tapestries featuring floral and necromantic motifs, a leading theoretician of batik printing, a keen collector of Slovakisms – by and large, a person you want to have on your side and for whom you would do anything.
And when you do it, it brings an advantage to you, it pays off.
I have collaborated with Acher for entirely selfish reasons, and my self-interest has turned into such an infatuation that I have become a keen amateur in batik printing.
I simply relish every second with him!”
The conductor Petr Kofroň, the Artistic Director of the National Theatre Opera and State Opera, said:
“I extend my thanks to the National Theatre for having afforded me the opportunity to pursue absolutely free creation, from the very first ideas, through the staging team, to all the performers who really wanted to make it happen.”
The National Theatre Opera was also nominated in the Best Male Performance category, for Štefan Margita’s portrayal of Captain Vere in Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. During the current season, Margita is scheduled to appear in his flagship role of Loge in May in two exclusive concert performances of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Forum Karlín hall.
The National Theatre Opera congratulates all the prize-winners and nominated artists!
The Theatre Critics’ Prizes have been awarded on the basis of the results of the poll annually announced by the Svět a divadlo magazine. Eighty critics voted in the 2018 poll.
13. 3. 2019
You 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
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.
8. 1. 2019
The production of Ivan Acher’s opera Sternenhoch has won the Divadelní noviny poll.
19. 11. 2018
This 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.