Terezín summer school
Join us for the last online concert Haas–HindemithListen to the concert
Last online concert is recorded! Watch it on 8th July on YouTubeListen to the concert
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
New podcast dedicated to Musica non grata with Denisa RauschListen to the podcast
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.
Short film Krása online this Wednesday 7.4. from 5pm
Members of the State Opera Orchestra conducted by beginning conductor Jana Cecília Mimrová, dancers from the Ballet of the National Theater Opera and a production team consisting of opera director Magdalena Švecová, video artist Tomáš Hrůza and set designer David Janošek have prepared a non-traditional adaptation of a suite from the famous children's opera Brundibár. Join us this Wednesday April 7 from 5 pm on the YouTube Opera of the National Theater.
Change in the online concerts programme
we would like to inform you about a small programme change in the series of online concerts "... and yet they still resound!". Due to the technical difficulties, on Wednesday 7.4. from 5pm we will release a short film based on the children's opera Brundibát and on April 21 from 5pm a concert in honor of Igor Stravinsky. Thank you for your understanding.
Martinů - the first online concert is available until September 2021
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink
Soprano: Marie Fajtová
National Theatre Orchestra
Bohuslav Martinů: Stop, musicians, before our house, from the ballet "Špalíček"
Bohuslav Martinů: Serenade H199
Martinů belongs to the Musica non grata composers due to his political views, not by origin and race. In Paris he was active in the Czechoslovak National Liberation Committee against the Nazi Germany.
Špalíček, a sung ballet, is a work of the early 1930s. In Špalíček he works with the folk texts from different folk collections. This music is immensely beautiful and exciting, and it’s considered as the beginning of Martinů’s so called Czech national period. Martinů worked his way to this stage by composing very experimental, dramatic sometimes even dissonate music.
Serenade for the chamber orchestra was written in 1930 for Martinů’s teacher Albert Roussel. It premiered already in 1931, conducted by Walther Straram and it became one of his most played pieces.
Aleš Březina, musicologist and Bohuslav Martinů Institute Director.