Mozart and the Others
Opera

Mozart and the Others

Michael Nyman, Steven Stucky

Basic information

Approximate running time

1 hour 50 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

Language

In English, Czech, English subtitles

Premiere

April 4, 2019

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is returning to Prague – in person!

The place in the city most synonymous with the Maestro, the Estates Theatre, will not only host his famous operas and concerts. The National Theatre will stage in Czech premieres two remarkable operas that present Mozart as a person in little known, even unexpected, connections.

Creatives

Director and Video
Alice Nellis
Musical preparation
David Švec
Motion cooperation
Klára Lidová
Dramaturgy
Ondřej Hučín

About

Letters, Riddles and Writs / The Classical Style

National Theatre Orchestra

The renowned English composer Michael Nyman, one of the fathers of Minimalism, wrote his 30-minute mini-opera Letters, Riddles and Writs in 1991 for the BBC television project Not Mozart, which marked the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death. Imbued with a tragicomic atmosphere, the one-acter juxtaposes the unbridled, defiant, frivolous, yet also highly melancholic artist with the narrow-minded, pragmatic world, particularly represented by his timorous father Leopold.

The libretto is a poetic collage, which in addition to fragments of Mozart’s letters encompasses the almost unknown bizarre riddles the composer compiled for the Carnival in Vienna in 1786, in which he – it would seem – concealed the mystic cue to his complex inner universe.

Perhaps even more novel was the subject that in 2013 served as inspiration for the opera The Classical Style by the US’s Steven Stucky, a holder of the Pulitzer Prize (and a pupil of the Czech composer Karel Husa). The piece is a setting of the American pianist and musicologist Charles Rosen’s eponymous book, giving an account of the music of three classical giants – W. A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven – and paying tribute to them amidst the contemporary climate, one not overly favourably disposed to classical music. In his ironic comedy, Steven Stucky lets the three neglected geniuses descend from heaven among those living today, so they can find out in person what has happened to their imperishable glory in the modern-day world.

Practical information

Where to buy tickets

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

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.

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