April21 2017 (Fri)
7:00 PM


Vaclav Kaslik

The National Theatre | Opera and ballet

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Date: April 21, 2017 | 19:00 (Fri)
Place: The National Theatre
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Enjoy Capek's Krakatit by Brilliant Alice Nellis!

Libretto: Otakar Vavra
Conductor: Petr Kofron 
Stage director: Alice Nellis
Sets: Matej Cibulka
Chorus master: Martin Buchta

The Czech repertoire of the National Theatre in the 2016/17 season will be extended to include a remarkable experimental creation by Václav Kaslik (1917–1989), one of the greatest and most versatile 20th-century Czech opera composers. Our production will mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.

A conductor and opera director, he mainly worked for the National Theatre in Prague, yet he also attained renown abroad. Kaslik based his second opera on Karel Capek’s 1922 novel Krakatit, a philosophical science-fiction work, which in the form of a parable predicted the rapid development of modern science and, most significantly, the path of human civilisation to the very brink of extinction. At the present time, amid the world’s polarisation and new types of unceasing brutality and fanaticism, Capek’s novel has acquired unthought-of connections. Kaslik’s opera Krakatit draws upon a dynamic scenario blending the real world and the world of delusion, and is characterised by sharp cuts and contrasts, with the score combining contemporary classical music experiments with jazz and pop.


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