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Ivan Acher

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

The New Stage
The Year of Czech music
English surtitles

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    May 2024

    Monday 6. 5.

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    The Year of Czech music
    English surtitles

    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 25 minutes, no intermission


    In Esperanto, surtitles 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.


    • 2023-2024
    • 2024-2025


    Ivan Acher
    Stage director
    Michal Dočekal
    Lenka Vagnerová
    Light 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.

    Suitable for audience from 15 years.

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


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    Sternenhoch Programme

    A booklet for the production of Sternenhoch

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    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.