Viva la mamma
Opera

Viva la Mamma

Gaetano Donizetti
The Estates Theatre

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Basic information

Venue

The Estates Theatre

Approximate running time

2 hours 20 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

Language

In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English

Premiere

February 9, 2017

An opera about opera

The very timelessness of the operatic farce is actually that which makes it so enthralling.

The opera is a sort of quintessence of 19th–century musical comedy, which also has the indisputable potential of enchanting present-day consumers. 

Cast

  • 2020-2021

Creatives

Stage director
Radim Vizváry
Lighting design
Karel Šimek
Chorus master
Martin Buchta
Motion cooperation
Miřenka Čechová

About

An opera about opera - thus can be briefly characterised Donizetti’s dramma giocoso Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Conventions and Inconveniences of the Stage), also known as Viva la Mamma. The action takes place during the preparations and rehearsals for a new opera production, featuring singers, artists, theatre-makers and staff both on stage and backstage. Perhaps the most distinct character is that of Mamma Agata, the mother of the second donna, portrayed by a man.

The application of travesty highlights the comicality of both the personage and the whole farce, thus linking up to the centuries-old tradition of comic theatre. The conduct of the other protagonists is funny, annoying, yet moving too. And just as funny, annoying and moving, and in the final analysis, admirable, is the behaviour of today’s descendants of Donizetti’s characters.

The very timelessness of the operatic farce is actually that which makes it so enthralling. In addition to an amusing plot, the audiences can also savour Donizetti’s brilliant bel canto music at its peak.

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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.

Parking at the Estates Theatre

Unfortunately, there is no parking near The Estates Theater. You can use the guarded parking lot in the Kotva shopping center (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079 / 3a, Prague 1).