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Musica non grata: Music by Terezín Composers

The State Opera
Musica non grata

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    October 2021

    Sunday 24. 10.

    Tickets available

    Musica non grata

    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 40 minutes, 1 intermission 15 minutes

    Opening concert of the Everlasting Hope music festival in cooperation with Musica non grata.


    • 2021-2022

    About the concert

    The concert Music by Terezín Composers from a cycle Musica non grata is also a first concert in cooperation with the music festival Everlasting Hope

    The concert opens with pieces by Pavel Haas - The Study for string orchestra, an impassioned statement composed during his incarceration in the Theresienstadt camp-ghetto, a year before his death. Amidst the uncertainty as to what the future would bring, he wrote a piece comparable with the greatest 20th-century works of music. The concert will also feature his Suite transcribed for oboe and strings by Ondřej Kyas.

    There is also on the programme arias from Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis). Unlike other Terezín composers pieces, his opera was never performed in the concentration camp as a parable about a mad dictator conceived in Theresienstadt was too evident. Both the composer and the librettist, Petr Kien, were murdered in Auschwitz.

    The presenter of the evening will be Martina Kociánová.


    Pavel Haas: Study for string orchestra 

    Pavel Haas: Suite for oboe and string orchestra (Suite for oboe and piano, Op. 17, orchestrated by Ondřej Kyas)
    Oboe: Vilém Veverka

    A. Dvořák: Serenade for strings  (Honor to Karel Ančerl)

    Gideon Klein: Partita pro strings orchestra
    short reading: texts by Arnošt Lustig

    A. Dvořák: Songs my Mother taught me, (for orchestra)
    Sings: Jaroslav Březina

    Viktor Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis)

    Drummer Girl: „Hallo, hallo"
    Sings: Jana Sibera

    Bubikopf: „lst's wahr, dass es Landschaften gibt"
    Sings: Jana Sibera

    Death: „Das waren Kriege" (Honor to Karel Berman)
    Sings: Pavel Švingr

    Emperor: „Der Kriegt ist aus"
    Sings: Miguelangelo Cavalcanti

    Finale „Komm, Tod, clu unser werter Gast"
    Sing: Jana Sibera, Jana Sýkorová, Pavel Švingr, Jaroslav Březina



    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for September –⁠ December 2021

    Tickets for December on sale from 1st September.

    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.

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