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

 

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.

 

This season 2017-2018, the Hudební divadlo Karlín (Musical Theater of Karlín) welcomes the famous tenor Yusif Eyvazov (husband of the sublime Anna Netrebko) in the leading role of Calaf in Puccini's Turandot. All through the season, the masterpieces keep succeeding one another as well as in dance. The ballet company of Prague is also highly recommendable, with for example the famous Romeo and Juliet on the music of Prokofiev. The heroes of Shakespeare are also on view this season in Gounod's opera. The French repertoire of quality knows how to entertain with the Orphée aux Enfers of Offenbach as the German with Strauss's Die Fledermaus (The Bat). The Czech repertoire is not forgotten with the most famous opera (and one of the most beautiful), Dvorák's Rusalka, however the Italian repertoire is the one that dominates. Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, Nabucco and La Traviata by Verdi are indisputable masterpieces.

 

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.

 

This season 2017-2018, at the Stavovské divadlo (the State Theater) Mozart's operas are understandably honored. Admirers of the divine composer simply must attend a performance of Don Giovanni because this is where the masterpiece of the masterpieces was created. The size of the theater is ideal for accommodating Mozart's other operas in adequate acoustics. The Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte are obvious masterpieces, but we must not forget the wonderful Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which is full of famous airs or La Clemenza di Tito, the last opera composed by Mozart the genius. Every year, on 27 January, the theater celebrates him with a nice concert in his honor. Other operas are also programmed such as Viva la Mamma! Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, a pretty comedy by Donizetti or La Cenerentola by Rossini, incredible vocal fireworks on the story of Cinderella!

 

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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.