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Štefan Margita 65

The globally renowned tenor Štefan Margita will celebrate his birthday with a gala concert at the State Opera.

The State Opera

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    September 2021

    Tuesday 14. 9.

    Tickets available


    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate 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.


    • 2021-2022

    About concert

    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
    1. Polonaise                    
    2. Kuda, kuda, vy udalilis (Lensky)                            
    Štefan Margita

    Gioachino Rossini: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
    Largo al factotum (Figaro)                                        
    Adam Plachetka

    Camille Saint Saëns: SAMSON ET DALILA
    Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix (Dalila)                        
    Elena Zhidkova

    Bedřich Smetana: PRODANÁ NEVĚSTA
    Znám jednu dívku (Kecal & Jeník)     
    Adam Plachetka & Štefan Margita

    Leoš Janáček: JEJÍ PASTORKYŇA
    1. Mamičko, mám těžkou hlavu (Jenůfa)
    Kateřina Kněžíková                           
    2. Odešli, jdi také (Jenůfa & Laca)
    Kateřina Kněžíková & Štefan Margita          


    Richard Wagner: DAS RHEINGOLD

    Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn! (Loge)
    Štefan Margita       

    Gaetano Donizetti: L’ELISIR D’AMORE
    Come sen va contento! (Adina & Dulcamara)
    Kateřina Kněžíková & Štefan Margita

    1) Intermezzo
    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)
    Kateřina Kněžíková 

    Francesco Cilèa: L'ARLESIANA
    È la solita storia del pastore (Federico)
    Štefan Margita

    Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA
    Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici  (Alfredo & Violetta)
    Kateřina Kněžíková & Štefan Margita


    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!