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.


Online concert Krasa-Schulhoff-Pelikan today at 5 pm on the YouTube Opera Národního divadla

Join us Today at 17:00 for another online concert Krasa-Schulhoff-Pelikan dedicated to compositions by hans Krasa, Erwin Schulhoff and the first flutist of the National Theater Orchestra Jaroslav Pelikan. Read more about the concert programme. 
You can enjoy the concert today from 17:00  at the YouTube channel Opera Národního divadla free of charge. 

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New podcast dedicated to Musica non grata with Denisa Rausch

Musica non grata has its first podcast. Denisa Rausch, PR of the Opera, will take you through the world of so-called degenerated music. Together with JUDr. Tomáš Kraus, the Secretary of the Federation of Jewish Communities, will introduce the phenomenon of Terezín composers, take you to the rehearsal of Franz Schreker's opera The Distant Sound at the State Opera and introduce you to the fate of music affected by the rise of Nazi power. An excerpt from the short story Pěnkava (Finch) by František R. Kraus, Pavel Haas´co-prisoner in Terezín, will be recited by Igor Orozovič. Happy listening. 

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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. 

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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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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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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.


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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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! 

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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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. 



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.