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The National Theatre, Národní divadlo,  Prague - 2017-2018 Season

 

Not to be missed in February : In February, the Národní divadlo (the National Theater) offers the superb Czech operas. A discovery for neophytes and a confirmation for music lovers with works such as Rusalka by Dvorák or The Bartered Bride by Smetana are true masterpieces. The great repertory is evidently not forgotten: Bizet's Carmen, Madama Butterfly and Puccini's Tosca or Wagner's Lohengrin. Other operas less popular but equally exciting are to be noticed like Verdi's Ballo in Maschera or Boito's brilliant Mefistofele.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE NARODNI DIVADLO SEASON 2017-2018

It can not be said enough, Prague has a selection of opera singers worthy of the biggest international halls. Resident artists sing all the works of the repertoire, the great classical operas of Verdi, Puccini or Mozart, as well as the superb operas of Dvořák, Janáček or Smetana. There are plenty of opportunities to discover the splendid Czech capital and it is an absolute must to include a visit to the opera to attend a show. Prague is a capital of classical music and one of the few capitals to have no less than three important halls, the Národní divadlo, the Státní opera and the Stavovské divadlo or in English: the National Theater, the State Opera and the State Theater. This season the Státní opera is closed but all the performances will take place in another hall, the Hudební divadlo Karlín (The Musical Theater of Karlín) usually devoted to operettas. You can book your tickets for any of the three operas in Prague because the voices are of exceptional quality. If you are looking for a historical thrill, you should preferably go to the Stavovské divadlo where Mozart played during his lifetime. If you are fond of the big repertoire, the Hudební divadlo Karlín is the ideal choice. Finally, to discover the Czech repertoire, you should go to the Národní divadlo.

 

The Národní divadlo (the National Theater) is undoubtedly the most cherished room in the hearts of the people of Prague. This season 2017-2018 celebrates the great composer Bedrich Smetana on the occasion of his birthday in March but also Dvorák, Janácek and Martinù. The Czech music school has left such great works as Dvorák's superb Rusalka or Janácek (Jenufa) dramas, as well as others as strong and in different registers such as the fantasy with Julietta de Martinù or The Cunning Little Vixen and the satirical Excursions of Mr. Broucek of Janácek.

 

Great classical ballets are also on display with the excellent ballet company of the Prague opera. La fille mal Gardée and The Nutcracker are sure options. The main titles on display this year are Carmen de Bizet, Madama Butterfly and Tosca by Puccini, Aida and La Traviata by Verdi, but also Lohengrin by Wagner or an exceptional Norma embodied by the great diva Edita Gruberová. We should not neglect works less visited but equally interesting as the Mefistofele de Boito, Verdi's friend, Andrea Chénier the great opera of Giordano or the famous Werther of Massenet, romantic at will. Fans will be thrilled with the rarely played operas of Karl Orff (Die Kluge and Der Mond) and especially Billy Budd of Britten which is now one of the great masterpieces of this composer.

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Informations sur Národní divadlo

The recommended dress code is evening casual, men are advised to wear long trousers and closed shoes and elegant dress for women.

 

With the Czech artistic renaissance of the nineteenth century, the need for a theatre specialized in the national repertoire was increasingly felt.

 

The Czechs first obtained the authorisation (not without some reserve on the part of the Austrian administration) to open a temporary theatre in 1862, under Smetana's direction.

 

A veritable National Theatre, the actual Národní divadlo was opened in 1881. Fire burnt it down during the same year; in 1883 a new theatre was inaugurated with the performance of LIBUSE, composed for the occasion by Smetana.

 

The same work was performed a century later, when the house reopened after restoration.

The theatre, which still today programmes an essentially Czech repertoire, of course premiered works by Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu.

Today it presents top class performances and productions of works by Czech and foreign composers.