Štefan Margita 65
The globally renowned tenor Štefan Margita will celebrate his birthday with a gala concert at the State Opera.
The State OperaApproximate running time
1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission
What better way for a singer to celebrate an anniversary than by singing? Štefan Margita had chosen to give his two birthday concerts at the Prague venues where he spent years of his illustrious career: in 2016 at the National Theatre, whose soloist he was from 1987 to 1991, and in 2021 at the State Opera, whose soloist he was between 1992 and 1994.
Since 1998, Štefan Margita has been a freelance artist, mainly performing abroad, on the world’s most prestigious stages, including at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan and Covent Garden in London. He has primarily been invited to portray Janáček characters, yet his flagship role, whose account has earned him standing ovations in San Francisco, the Met, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, the Houston Grand Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and elsewhere, is Wagner’s Loge, the god of fire. Music lovers in Prague had the precious opportunity to hear Margita singing the role in May 2019 at the Forum Karlín in a concert version of Das Rheingold, along with the State Opera company, conducted by Andreas Sebastian Weiser. And the tenor will perform Loge’s grand monologue at this gala evening too. Margita has invited to his birthday concert the Czech singers Kateřina Kněžíková and Adam Plachetka, and the Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova. They will guide the audience through the world of the most magnificent opera arias, which are staples of their respective repertoires. The State Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Jiří Štrunc.
Come to the State Opera to celebrate the birthday of a leading ambassador of Czech and Slovak art!
Petr Iljič Čajkovskij: EUGENE ONEGIN
2. Kuda, kuda, vy udalilis (Lensky)
Gioachino Rossini: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Largo al factotum (Figaro)
Francesco Cilèa: ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
Acerba voluttà ... (Princess de Bouillon)
Bedřich Smetana: PRODANÁ NEVĚSTA
Znám jednu dívku (Kecal & Jeník)
Adam Plachetka & Štefan Margita
Leoš Janáček: JEJÍ PASTORKYŇA
1. Zdrávas královno (modlitba Jenůfy)
2. Odešli, jdi také (Jenůfa & Laca)
Kateřina Kněžíková & Štefan Margita
Richard Wagner: DAS RHEINGOLD
Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn! (Loge)
Gaetano Donizetti: L’ELISIR D’AMORE
Come sen va contento! (Adina & Dulcamara)
Kateřina Kněžíková & Adam Plachetka
Pietro Mascagni: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
2) Tu qui, Santuzza (Turiddu & Santuzza)
Štefan Margita & Elena Zhidkova
Gaetano Donizetti: DON PASQUALE
Quel guardo, il cavaliere ... So anch’io la virtù magica (Norina)
Francesco Cilèa: L'ARLESIANA
È la solita storia del pastore (Federico)
Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA
Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici (Alfredo & Violetta)
Štefan Margita & Kateřina Kněžíková
Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 October at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of March 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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