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Musica non grata: Zemlinsky150

Festival Zemlinsky150

The State Opera
Festival Zemlinsky150
Musica non grata

Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

1 hour 40 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes

The concert is part of the Zemlinsky 150 festival.

ND+ Dramaturgical introduction:
Musicologist Antony Beaumont introduces the work and life of Alexander Zemlinsky. The lecture is in English. The text of the lecture will be available in Czech on the spot.

When you buy two or more tickets for concerts and / or other events within the festival, you will receive a 20% discount

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Zemlinsky , a composer, conductor and pedagogue, a music festival will be held on October 8-10, 2021 in his honor. Four chamber concerts will take place as part of the festival, featuring compositions by Zemlinsky and his contemporaries and composers who were personally close to him. The festival will finish with a concert at the State Opera on October 10, where a fragment from the opera Malva, which was orchestrated by musicologist Antony Beaumont, will be presented in its world premiere. The Zemlinsky Quartet, the Choir and Orchestra of the State Opera, opera soloists and foreign guests Johanni van Oostrum, Michael Nagy and cellist Claudio Bohorquez will perform.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025


About the concert

Alexander Zemlinsky, the conductor, composer, teacher and music director worked at the New German Theatre from 1911 to 1927, and led the house to international success. He expanded the repertoire and premiered numerous works, including his own compositions, but also for examle Arnold Schönberg's Erwartung, whic will also have a new premiere at the State Opera in November 2021. Also music by Ernst Krenek, Paul Hindemith, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Schreker was performed under his aegis. He succeeded in bringing great artists to Prague, including Maria Hussa, Paul Pella, Friedrich Schorr, Leo Slezak, Richard Tauber and Lotte Lehmann. In 1933, Zemlinky fled from Berlin, first to Vienna and then to the USA in 1938.

This concert celebrates purely Zemlinsky and his music. Next to his famous Lyric Symphony two smaller, less known pieces for choir and orchestra will be played. At the heart of the concert is the never completed opera Malva. For the very first time his opera fragment Malva will be performed, specially orchestrated for Musica non grata by Antony Beaumont. The libretto is based on Maxim Gorky's book of the same name "Malva".

Programme: Alexander Zemlinsky

World premiere
Malva, opera fragment, instrumented by Antony Beaumont
Malva: Jana Sibera
Jacob: Josef Moravec
Wasili: Jiří Hájek

Hochzeitsgesang for soloist, chorus and organ

Frühlingsglaube and Geheimnis for chorus and string orchestra


Lyric Symphony, op. 18
Soprano: Johanni van Oostrum
Baritone: Michael Nagy


Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in JuneNovember 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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 60 CZK/h.

Buffets at the State Opera

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