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05/05/2021

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. 

Happy listening. 

21/04/2021

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)
Pulcinella Suite
Mass for chorus and wind instrument

Ondřej Hučín,
the Head Dramatrug of the Opera, will guide you through the concert. 

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06/04/2021

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.

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05/04/2021

Change in the online concerts programme

Dear audience,

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.

25/03/2021

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.

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24/03/2021

Martinů - first online concert available from today

First online concert Martinů from the series  "... and yet they still resound!" is available from today at 17:00 for next 6 months. Enjoy it! 

Programme: 
Bohuslav Martinů: Stop, musicians, before our house, from the ballet "Špalíček"
Bohuslav Martinů: Serenade H199

Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink
Soprano: Marie Fajtová
National Theatre Orchestra
Special guest: Aleš Březina

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18/02/2021

Homage to Igor Stravinsky

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, the Opera of the National Theater decided to pay tribute to one of the most important figures of classical music of the 20th century in the form of an online concert. Stravinsky's anniversary falls on April 6, 2021. An online concert will be recorded on the YouTube on April 21. 2021.

In 1998, Igor Stravinsky was ranked among the 100 most influential figures in 20th century history by the American magazine Time. His music is very extensive and very diverse. It has undergone radical stylistic changes from late Romanticism through expressionism, neoclassicism to the experimental trends of the 1950s and 1960s. It is also characterized by the diversity of genres, forms, inspirations and themes or instrumental casts. For our concert, we therefore deliberately chose five Stravinsky compositions, representing five different, even opposite worlds, which differ fundamentally in their musical language, atmosphere, theme and cast. Their only common feature is the author's admirably variable personality.

We pay tribute to Igor Stravinsky as part of the Musica non grata project, a multi-year cycle in which we present music by authors who in the past became undesirable for one of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, especially Nazi but also Communist. Paradoxically, Stravinsky is one of these authors - paradoxically, because he himself was not one of the particularly politically engaged artists, nor among those whose racial or social origin would arouse resentment among representatives of totalitarian power. Nevertheless, his music was described as "perverted" in Germany in the late 1930s and as such was also presented in 1938 at the infamous Nazi exhibition Entartete Musik in Düsseldorf. And even earlier, in the early 1930s, Stravinsky fell out of favor with the Bolsheviks in Soviet Russia. However, Stravinsky's music eventually survived both totalitarians and continues to sound 50 years after his death. 

 

16/01/2021

Hans Krása and Pavel Haas.. yet they still resound!

The State Opera resounded with tones of less-known compositions by Hans Krása and Pavel Haas. You can enjoy the concert recording in February, we will share it with you on the social networks of the National Theater Opera. Until then, have a look at some photos from the recording.

The State Opera Orchestra and soloist Veronika Hajnová performed the Symphony 1923 by Hans Krasa under the direction of chief conductor and music director Karel Heinz Steffens. Josef Moravec, Jaroslav Březina, Jiří Hájek and Ivo Hrachovec paid tribute to Guglielmo Marconi with the song Radio Overtüre op.11 by Pavel Haas.

We would like to thank to all the performers, the artistic and technical departments of the State Opera and the video studio.  Many thanks also go to the conductors Mr. Richard Hein and Jana Mimrová.

18/12/2020

Celebration of the 130th Birthday of Bohuslav Martinů

At the Estates Theater, together with the Orchestra of the National Theater led by Jaroslav Kyzlink, the director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, Mr. Aleš Březina, and the soloist Maria Fajtová, we celebrated the 130th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. And how did we celebrate? We recorded the songs Serenade H199 and "Stop the Music" from the opera Špalíček for you. The recording will be ready in January 2021 on the online channels of the National Theater.

16/12/2020

Something is up...

The State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Jana Cecília Mimrová, is shooting a video clip for the Suite from the opera Brundibár by Hans Krása. The video clip is directed by the theater and opera director Magdaléna Švecová in collaboration with video artist Tomáš Hrůza and set designer David Janošek. Petr Jirsa and Jiří Hejna undertook the choreography of the dancers from the Ballet of the National Theater Opera. The fill will premiere during the Musica non grata Spring online concert series. You can wathc it here.

14/12/2020

Listen to the Christmas online concert of the German Embassy and the Academy of Chamber Music

Recording of a live performance at the German Embassy in Prague in collaboration with the Academy of Chamber Music and its lecturers, cellist Peter Jarůšek and flutist Oto Reiprich. You can look forward to wind and string works by Antonín Rejcha, Henri Tomasi and Bohuslav Martinů.
The German Embassy wishes everyone a beautiful and happy Christmas, peaceful holidays, good health and all the best until 2021.

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Listen to the online Christmas concert
01/12/2020

Opera Advent Calendar

The National Theater Opera and the State Opera prepared a series of  performances, aries and songs for you for each day of an Advent. Open a new window on Facebook with us.

Happy Advent.

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