The Excursions of Mr. Brouček
Opera

The Excursions of Mr. Brouček

Leoš Janáček
The National Theatre

Basic information

Venue

The National Theatre

Approximate running time

2 hours 45 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

Language

In Czech, Czech, English subtitles

Premiere

March 22, 2018

Leoš Janáček’s opera The Excursions of Mr. Brouček is an absurd burlesque about the chronic moral insufficiencies of the Czech man, or – even better – little man. Bringing to bear the tools of satire and irony (which are, fortunately, close to us), the diagnosis was first described by the great Czech poet and prose writer Svatopluk Čech in his two 1888 “Brouček” novels.

Creatives

Musical preparation
Jaroslav Kyzlink
Stage director
Sláva Daubnerová
Videoart
Erik Bartoš
Chorus master
Martin Buchta
Dramaturgy
Ondřej Hučín
Light design
Daniel Tesař

About

The National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra

Subsequently, the subject was undertaken by Leoš Janáček, who furnished it with equally satirically and ironically refined, or sharpened, music. Janáček’s indisputably most comical opera took some nine years (1908–1917) to write, as the composer strove to furnish it with an appropriate final form.

The Excursions of Mr. Brouček’s difficult genesis and journey to the stage of the National Theatre in Prague coincided with the very years of the no less complicated inception and building up of the Czechoslovak Republic.

Will, as they used to in the past and at variance with the creators, Mr. Brouček’s adventures and actions evoke our affection, or even sympathy, or do Janáček’s wishes have a chance to come true? “My aim was to attain it that such a man arouses our disgust, that we destroy and stifle him upon the instant – yet, first and foremost, in ourselves (bravo!).”

Practical information

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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.

because the car park under the National Theater is closed for reconstruction since April 14th 2020.

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.
Unfortunately, there is no car park nearby the Estates Theatre. You can either use the National Theatre car park or a secure car park at the Kotva shopping mall (Revoluční 1/655, Praha 1) and Paladium (Na Poříčí 1079/3a, Praha 1).

 

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