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Die sieben Todsünden/Erwartung

Kurt Weill, Arnold Schönberg

Premiere performances: 26 and 28 November 2021 at the State Opera

The State Opera
Premiere production
Musica non grata

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    November 2021

    Friday 26. 11.

    Tickets available

    1. premiere
    Premiere production
    Musica non grata

    Sunday 28. 11.

    Tickets available

    2. premiere
    Premiere production
    Musica non grata

    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 30 minutes, no intermission


    November 26, 2021

    Two different faces of modern European opera, and two different music and theatre universes will be presented at the State Opera within a single evening. The double bill will be made up of one-acters by Kurt Weill and Arnold Schönberg, renowned 20th-century music innovators.


    • 2021-2022



    The State Opera Orchestra

    The former’s Die sieben Todsünden and the latter’s Erwartung 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.


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre offers tickets for August –⁠ November 2021

    Tickets for November on sale from August1st.

    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.

    According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

    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!