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Film Krása from the Musica non grata spring concert series competes at the 58th Golden Prague

The opera director Magdalena Švecová explored an unusual concept of this suite: “The main inspiration is music as an element that cannot be silenced, it lives in the changes of time, it survives various regimes, prohibitions, commands. The instruments resound in the hands of several generations, echoes from the past find resonance in the present. The plot of children's opera is not part of the visual concept. The fact that the work was created for children is reminded here by the figure of a little girl, who at the same time symbolizes playfulness, innocence, carefree, fragility ... Children's eyes do not judge and do not try to stop time. Children can conjure a vivid present moment, dance images, tones and shadows. The sadness, the weight of lack of freedom and the fear that accompanied the unhappy days of Terezín are indicated here only very lightly, to signal upward hope in the form of white wings. "

Conductor: Jana Cecílie Mimrová
The State Opera Orchestra

Director: Magdaléna Švecová
Set design: David Janošek
Camera, Animation, postproduction: Tomáš Hrůza
Sound: Matouš Uhlíř, Jan Křišťál
Light design: Jan Dörner
Ballet of the National Theatre Opera, Jiří Hejna
Choreography: Petr Jirsa
Little Girl: Adélka Plachetková

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First Lady of Germany Elke Büdenbender and Opera Artistic Director Per Boye Hansen in interview

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The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Germany visited the State Opera

Photo: Serghei Gherciu

More about Women Composers in the First Czechoslovak Republic concert

Student concert at the German Embassy

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Terezín summer school




Join us for the last online concert Haas–Hindemith

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Last online concert is recorded! Watch it on 8th July on YouTube

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The next online concert 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

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.


Online concert Krasa–Schulhoff–Pelikan on the YouTube Opera Národního divadla

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You can enjoy the concert today from 17.00  at the YouTube channel Opera Národního divadla free of charge. 

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