Die sieben Todsünden / Erwartung
The State OperaApproximate running time
1 hour 30 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutesPremiere
November 26, 2021
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.
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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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 February at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of July 2023.
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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