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Musica non grata: Zemlinsky–Schönberg–Berg

Festival Zemlinsky150

The State Opera
Musica non grata
Festival Zemlinsky150

Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

1 hour, no intermission

The concert is part of the Zemlinsky 150 festival

When you buy tickets for the guided tour of the State Opera and the concert, 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


About the concert

Arnold Schoenberg was certainly one of the most influential music theorists and composers of the 20th century – and at the same time very close to Zemlinsky, whose brother-in-law he was. Schoenberg married Zemlinsky’s sister Mathilde in 1901, but had already had composition lessons with him before. He saw Zemlinsky as an important source of inspiration and remained in contact with him throughout his life. Zemlinsky not only sponsored his works, but also those of composers from Schoenberg’s Viennese circle, especially Alban Berg, whose works he helped to bring to public attention. The concert tells the stories of Zemlinsky, Schoenberg and his ’School’. Works by this three composers will be played.

Alban Berg: Three pieces from the “Lyric Suite”
Alexander Zemlinsky: Six songs after poems by Maurice Maeterlinck, op. 13 
Arnold Schönberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 for 15 solo instruments, op. 9


Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 September at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of February 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 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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