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.
The next online concert is dedicated to Vítězslava Kaprálová
On Friday May 28th the State Opera Orchestra under the lead of Richard Hein recorded the Military Symphony, Op. 11 by Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová as a part of online concerts series. The concert will be broadcasted on the YouTube channel Opera Národního divadla. We will inform you about the date soon.
Live opera is back
Dear classical music lovers,
we are drawing back the curtains from 1st June. Join Musica non grata for two concerts.
On June 12, from 19:00, the National Theater is introducing the work of the greatest Czech composers. The concert entitled Janáček-Martinů will present The Diary of One Who Disappeared by Leoš Janáček. In the main roles: Michael Zajmi as Zefka and Jaroslav Březina as Janíček, piano by David Švec. The Women's Choir of the National Theater will performed in The Opening of the Wells by Bohuslav Martinů, accompanied by members of the National Theatre Orchestra under the lead of Jaroslav Kyzlink. The recitation is undertaken by Martina Preissová and singing by Ivan Kusnjer. Book your ticket here.
The second concert Brno-Praha-Hollywood will take you around the world following the footprints of the Czech composers. Programme consists of compositions by Pavel Haas, Franz Schreker, Viktor Ullmann, Jaromír Weinberger and E. W. Korngold and will present the diversity of works by composers of Musica non grata project - the work of composers whose lives were more or less affected by the dramatic development of Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Music director Karl-Heinz Steffens, who will lead the State Opera Orchestra, took part in the concert dramaturgy. Jana Sibera performs two arias. Book your ticket here.