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Opera

Katya Kabanova

Leoš Janáček

Why can’t people fly like birds?

The National Theatre
Premiere production
Famous draft
Czech Classic
Modern adaptation

The National Theatre sells tickets for full capacity of its venues, for all auditorium seats, with the exception of the first row.
According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.
Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre and at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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  • January 2022
  • February 2022
    January 2022

    Friday 28. 1.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    1. premiere
    Premiere
    Premiere production
    Famous draft

    Sunday 30. 1.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere
    Premiere production
    Famous draft
    February 2022

    Saturday 5. 2.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Premiere production
    Famous draft
    Czech Classic

    Friday 11. 2.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Premiere production
    Famous draft
    Czech Classic

    Basic information

    Venue

    The National Theatre

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 5 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    Language

    In Czech, subtitles in Czech, English

    Premiere

    January 28, 2022

    The opera Katya Kabanova, based on A. N. Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm, deeply impresses every perceptive viewer due to its immense emotionality and Janáček’s extraordinary empathy.

    Cast

    • 2021-2022

    Creatives

    Stage director
    Calixto Bieito
    Costumes
    Eva Butzkies
    Lighting design
    Michael Bauer
    Chorus master
    Jan Bubák
    Dramaturgy
    Beno Blachut

    About

    National Theatre Chorus
    National Theatre Orchestra

    Although many in his homeland still consider Leoš Janáček a difficult modernist, all over the world he has long been esteemed as a truly singular classical genius. His opera Katya Kabanova, based on A. N. Ostrovsky’s drama The Storm, deeply impresses every perceptive viewer due to its immense emotionality, attesting to Janáček’s extraordinary empathy. The title heroine, with her dreamy, amorous and heart-wrenching states of mind, is placed in stark contrast with the savage behaviour of those around her. The desperate Katya ultimately finds the solution to her inner conflict between desire and social obligation in the water of the river Volga. The National Theatre in Prague first performed Janáček’s opera a year after its world premiere in Brno in November 1921.

    More than a decade since our most recent adaptation, we are now preparing a new Katya Kabanova production, to be conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the Music Director of the National Theatre Opera, and staged by the Spanish director Calixto Bieito, famous for his unorthodox interpretations of classic operas, who has already explored Janáček’s operatic world in his remarkable accounts of Jenůfa in Stuttgart and From the House of the Dead in Nuremberg.

     

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    From October 1, 2021, we start selling tickets for the performances until the end of March 2022. Advance sale of tickets for all performances (Ballet, Drama, Laterna magika and Opera) is on sale for 6 months in advance.

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
    Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
    Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

    From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.

     

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