The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre
Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district
The State OperaEnsemble
The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre (Ostrava)Approximate running time
2 hours 50 minutes, 2 intermission 25 minutesLanguage
In Russian, surtitles in Czech, English
This seminal twentieth-century operatic masterpiece is a “tragedy-satire” of a wicked society desiring sexual dissipation. It is embodied by Katerina, a frustrated and oppressed housewife who resolves to kill people who might create difficulties for her.
Shostakovich composed this progressive and dissonant work of brutal emotionality for instrumental solos, choirs and intermezzos. At first the opera was hugely successful, with 180 repeat performances; however, in the period of the Great Terror the composer was condemned in the anonymous article Muddle Instead of Music (1936) and the opera was not performed again until the 1960s.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 December at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of May 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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