The opening concert Musica non grata review
The State Opera opening concert for the season 2020/2021 also launched a four-year cycle Musica non grata. The State Opera Orchestra and Chorus presented pieces by Vítězslava Kaprálová, Alexander Zemlinsky and Bohuslav Martinů. The concert was conducted by the State Opera Music Director Karl-Heinz Steffens.
Mr. Jan Burian, the direcor of the National Theatre, opened the evenig with welcome speech. The invitation to the stage accepted also the Minister of Culture, Lubomír Zaorálek, the first Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Mr. Peter Tschentscher and Mr. Tomáš Kraus, the Secretary of Federation of Jewish Communities in Czech Republic. The magazine Harmonia wrote:
"Karl-Heinz Steffens is a conductor rather inconspicuous, but clearly extremely responsible. You could see that he had studied all four scores in the smallest detail, and no doubt knew exactly what he wanted. The orchestra and choir also performed high-quality and sophisticated performances. If you add to this a program booklet with a contained text by the dramaturg Ondřej Hučín, it is impossible to say that the State Opera's entry into the upcoming concert season was successful."
Thank you all for coming to our concert.