The State Opera Banská Bystrica
Opera festival 2022
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The State OperaEnsemble
The State Opera Banská BystricaApproximate running time
3 hours, 2 intermissionLanguage
October 18, 2019
Opera Eva is the most famous opera of the romantic Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster. It was created on his own libretto based on Gabriela Preissová's play Gazdina roba in 1889. The premiere a year later caused a stir - naturalistic drama from life of people from Moravian Slovakia represents a direct opposite to the whimsical spirit of the village presented by Smetana in his The Bartered Bride. At the same time, Foerster did not seek musical folklore as was typical for many works of the 19th, late 19th and early 20th century. He tried to create all-purpose musical drama that could take place anytime and anywhere. The rural environment creates the color of the story and determines behavior of characters. Under the influence of a deep emotional passion that prompted the creation, a lyrical, romantic opera was created. It has a classical opera structure with closed numbers, using peculiar motifs to show each characters´ features.
The dominant character of this work is Eva, who follows her love and happiness against the rules of society. She leaves her husband Samko and goes to live without marriage with her lover Mánek. When she discovers that Mánek will not divorce his wife, she jumps from desperation into the river Danube. Opera Eva thus ends tragically, but in accordance with the composer's belief that music is not capable of expressing negative feelings. Death is catharsis, purification and Eva dies with the vision of paradis
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 October at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of March 2023.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
Parking at the State opera
While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.
Buffets at the State Opera
No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!
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