Prague National Theatre Announces 2024-25 Season

The Prague National Theatre Opera and State Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The company will present eight new productions and 320 performances of 39 different operas. Operas in alphabetical order  The season will include Petar Selem’s production of Verdi’s “Aida” with Andriy Yurkevych conducting. Performance Dates: TBA Bizet’s “Carmen” returns in Grischa Asagaroff’s production.  Performance Date: Sept. 25, 2024 Jiří {…}

National Theater in Prague’s Opera Chorus in Quarantine Due to COVID-19

(Credit: Národní divadlo official website) The entire 62-member chorus of the Opera of the National Theater in Prague has been sent into a two-week quarantine after it was revealed that several members of the ensemble had contracted COVID-19. As a result, the performance of the Bedřich Smetana’s opera “Libuše” has been canceled. Janáček’s opera “Jenůfa” and Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka” will {…}

Czech Republic Suspends Opera Performances in Brno & Prague Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The Czech Republic has suspended performances as a precaution against coronavirus.  Following the Czech ministry of Health’s orders the Prague National Theatre and  Brno National Theatre have issued statements suspending performances. In a statement by the National Theatre said, “Pursuant to the decree of the Czech government, as of Tuesday, 10 March 2020, the National Theatre has cancelled all its performances. {…}

Prague National Theatre 2017-18 Review – Billy Budd: Britten Masterwork Capsizes In a Sea of Questionable Direction

Herman Melville, E.M. Forster, Eric Crozier and Benjamin Britten all believed that “Billy Budd” was set at sea. Czech theatre director Daniel Špinar thinks otherwise. His new four-act production of Britten’s psychologically fascinating, demonstrably homoerotic and deeply disturbing drama for the National Theatre in Prague had as much to do with HMS Indomitable as “Madama Butterfly” moved to Mozambique. In the {…}