International project Musica non grata
Music of persecuted composers
The international Musica non grata cultural project focuses on the rich musical life in Prague in the early 20th century and between the two world wars, which during the reign of the Nazis was markedly silenced. Directed at the arts and science, the four-year cycle affords opera, theatre and classical music lovers the opportunity to attend performances of opera productions, and concerts of symphonic and chamber works written by persecuted composers. The project also encompasses an accompanying scholastic programme aimed at setting up a digital library.
Musica non grata is a project pursued by the National Theatre Opera, the State Opera and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague. It opened with a gala concert at the State Opera on 30 August 2020.
We would like to invite you for an online concert Haas-Krása
Today at 5:15pm, the YouTube channel of the National Theater Opera will resound another concert from the series "... and yet they still resound!". This time performed by the State Opera Orchestra under the baton of Karel-Heinz Steffens. First part of the concert introduces Pavel Haas's Radio-Overture op. 11 with soloists Jaroslav Březina, Ivo Hrachovec, Josef Moravec and Jíří Hájek. The second part of the concert is dedicated to Hans Krasa. Soloist Veronika Hajnová performs in the Symphony for Alto and Small Orchestra.
In the first half of the 20th century composers Pavel Haas and Hans Krasa had a decisive influence on musical life in Prague and Brno. Unfortunately, both of the composers´ lives were tragically ended by the regime of National Socialism. Firstly, they were prisoners in concentration camps and later murdered in gas chambers in Auschwitz.
Our special guests Tomáš Kraus and Luboír Spurný introduces both composers,their lives and more.
Next online concert "Stravinsky" available on 21.4. @ 17:00
Another concert from the series "... and yet they still resound!" is dedicated to Igor Stravinsky.
Listen to the concert today from 5 pm on the YouTube channel of the National Theater Opera.
The National Theatre Soloists, the National Theatre Orchestra and the National Theater Chorus, under the conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink, present compositions by Igor Stravinsky:
The Spring, from Two songs after Sergey Gorodetsky’s poems
Berceuses du chat (Cat Lullabies)
Mass for chorus and wind instrument
Ondřej Hučín, the Head Dramatrug of the Opera, will guide you through the concert.