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Die sieben Todsünden / Erwartung

Kurt Weill, Arnold Schönberg
The State Opera
Musica non grata

Basic information


The State Opera

Approximate running time

1 hour 30 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes


November 26, 2021

will play one of the main roles
Dagmar Pecková
will play one of the main roles

Two different faces of modern European opera and two different musical and theatrical worlds will be revealed to the audience of the State Opera in a single evening consisting of operatic one-acters by Kurt Weill and Arnold Schönberg, remarkable innovators of 20th century music.


  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025



State Opera Orchestra

The former’s Erwartung and the latter’s Die sieben Todsünden  share subject matter that may be defined as “the woman (and the world)”, which, however, these two works treat in a totally different manner. In his satirical miniature Weill shows “the woman in the world”, raising the question: what must a woman do so that her narrow-minded family consider her “virtuous”, that is, economically successful. In Schönberg’s monodrama Erwartung, Weill’s female theme is turned inside out, providing a view of “the world within the woman”. The opera takes the form of a monologue for the single character simply called Woman, expressing a plethora of contradictory emotions resulting from the loss of her lover. 

The entirely female subject of the two operas will be treated on stage by the Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly, who has primarily worked in Western Europe, where she has garnered  several coveted accolades. The music will be explored by Jiří Rožeň, one of the most gifted young Czech conductors.

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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

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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