National Theatre Orchestra & National Theatre soloists
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Opera and Ballet
130 minutes |
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We often associate creativity, playfulness, energy and youth with the music and personality of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This inspired the organizers during the preparation of Mozart's birthday program 2022.
The first part of the concert will feature excerpts from the comic opera La finta giardiniera, which Mozart wrote at the age of eighteen. In addition to the excellent representative of Mozart's roles, the soloist of the National Theatre, Kateřina Kněžíková, representatives of the youngest Czech singing generation will perform, some of whom are improving under Kateřina's inspiring guidance. The orchestra will also include young performers, the best students of the Prague Conservatory, who will be able to gain not only new experiences, but also show youthful enthusiasm and bravura.
Only in superlatives can we speak of the Czech piano virtuoso Miroslav Seker, who will perform the piano part of Mozart's last piano concerto from 1791. He used his talent as a child, when he was chosen for the role of little Mozart in an Oscar film thanks to the art of playing the piano and violin. Amadeus, directed by Miloš Forman, has been confirming his position as one of the best Czech concert pianists for almost forty years.
The main soul of the birthday party is the conductor Zdeněk Klauda, who, in addition to Mozart's works, focuses primarily on the interpretation and promotion of compositions by Czech classicist and early romantic authors.
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The Estates Theatre is deeply linked with the name of W. A. Mozart. Besides other of his works, it was the venue of world premieres of two Mozart operas: Don Giovanni (on 29 October 1787 – conducted by the composer himself) and La clemenza di Tito (1791, to mark the coronation of Leopold II).
Enjoy the festive atmosphere of this beautiful theatre in which W. A. Mozart received enthusiastic ovations after conducting his operas. The Estates Theatre is in operation continuously since 1783.
It was built by enlightened and patriotically minded Count Nostitz Rieneck, who thus aimed to enhance the cultural life of Prague inhabitans.
His idea, that a generally accessible theatre is a moral institution demonstrating the cultural level of the nation, was in compliance with the spirit of the late 18th century, the Age of Enlightenment, and the project of theatre was extremely important for Prague of that time.
Although presenting plays in German language at first, the theatre soon started staging also Czech plays. In 1798 the Theatre was bought by the Czech Estates, hence its today´s name.
The Estates Theatre is inseparably linked with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The composer has visited Prague couple of times to compose and give concerts here, and in 1787 he presented his opera The Marriage of Figaro in the Estates Theatre.
Under the impression of its enthusiastic reception Mozart composed the Don Giovanni opera for Prague, and personally conducted its world premiere in the Estates Theatre. The opera was an immense success and that is how Don Giovanni and the Estates Theatre have entered the history...
The Estates Theatre was one of the locations in the famous film Amadeus by Miloš Forman. Although the name of Mozart shines the most brightly in the history of the theatre, the Estates Theatre allured many other distinct artists of Europe-wide significance.
Carl Maria von Weber was a musical director of the Theatre; the violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini gave a concert here; Arthur Rubinstein, Carl Goldmark and Gustav Mahler conducted at the theatre. Other famous personalities are i.e. the actors W. A. Iffland, F. Raimund, J. N. Nestroy, W. Scholze, I. Aldrige and many others.
The Estates Theatre was extremely important for the Czech theatre. From the pioneers such as the Thám brothers, to V. K. Klicpera, J. K. Tyl, J. J. Kollár, etc., the generations of leading creators and artists presented their plays here. The first Czech modern opera, Škroup’s The Tinker, was presented here in 1826.
The play Fidlovačka by J. K. Tyl and F. Škroup, premiered here, includes the song “Kde domov můj” (Where is My Home), which would later become the Czech national anthem. In the Estates Theatre you can see opera, drama and ballet performances.