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Ivan Acher

An uplifting opera attesting to the lowest human traits. The Production of 2018.

The New Stage
Famous draft
Modern adaptation

Basic information


The New Stage

Approximate running time

1 hour 25 minutes, no intermission


In Esperanto, subtitles in Czech, English


April 7, 2018


The production of Ivan Acher’s Sternenhoch, directed by Michal Dočekal, has become a true contemporary opera sensation. Written to commission from the National Theatre, it has attracted conservative music lovers craving beautiful voices hovering in arched melodies, as well as fans of the music styles for which “beauty” in the traditional sense is entirely extrinsic.


  • 2021-2022


Ivan Acher
Musical preparation
Petr Kofroň
Stage director
Michal Dočekal
Lenka Vagnerová
Lighting design
Ondřej Kyncl
Beno Blachut


Violin, viola: Tereza Marečková
Contrabasson: Lukáš Svoboda
Zither: Michal Müller

Ladislav Klíma’s grotesque romanetto The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch has like an inextinguishable fire now stricken a fifth generation of seekers of earthly and cosmic forces. Stricken, inspired, burnt and ignited. The prose’s unique combination of the low and the high, the comical and the horrific, philosophy of the uppermost spheres and everyday lewdness served as a sufficient breeding ground for a music creator with a penchant for morphing genres, a creator who likes to alternate darkness with the burlesque, and feels a close affinity to the author of the novel in terms of making use of the time entrusted to us on earth.

The expressionistic nature of Ladislav Klíma’s book and the subject of a fictitious diary abounding in murders, dreams about murders, tattle and high philosophising of the five main characters directly urges the application of trained voices within the new context of the sonic potential of electronic composition. Composition that, notwithstanding an experimental approach, has not altogether deserted the domain of historical music yet utilises it in novel acoustic options, blending sampling, electronics and live instruments.

The production of Ivan Acher’s Sternenhoch, directed by Michal Dočekal, has become a true contemporary opera blockbuster, lauded by the critics and enjoying unceasing demand on the part of audiences and music festivals. The Divadelní noviny readers voted it Production of 2018.

The production’s performance was recorded with the support of Opera Vision and Creative Europe.



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Poster Sternenhoch

A poster for the production of Sternenhoch

99 Kč

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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 National Theater

While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage You can use nearby secure car parks:
Kotva department store (Revoluční 1/655, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh.
Palladium department store (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Prague 1), then walk along Králodvorská street to Ovocný trh, or to the Powder Gate through Celetná street to Ovocný trh.

From the beginning of April 2020, the underground car park is closed due to reconstruction. The length of the reconstruction is estimated at a year and a half.


Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.