December20 2017 (Wed)
8:00 PM

Don Hrabal

Opera by Miloš Orson Štědroň

The New Stage - Laterna magika | Opera and Ballet

70 minutes | Not available

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Date: December 20, 2017 | 20:00 (Wed)
Venue: The New Stage - Laterna magika
Duration: 70 minutes
Status: Not available

Opera about one of the most beloved Czech (Czechoslovak) writers

Czech and English surtitles. 
The opera Don Hrabal illustrates the final years in the life of the acclaimed Czech (Czechoslovak) author. It is not a “portrait of the artist as an old man”. Instead, it presents Hrabal as a lonely Mohican, a dreamer seeking beauty in the everyday and the ordinary, a brilliant storyteller and witty commentator.

By the medium of the three essential women in his life, Hrabal concurrently reveals his innermost feelings, freely guiding us through them against the backdrop of the history of the second half of the 20th century. Assisting him on his journey is a chorus of his beloved cats and a flock of pigeons, with the latter bearing witness to his very final moments before his fall out of the window of the Bulovka hospital in Prague.

Besides composing, the contemporary Czech artist Miloš Orson Štědroň also writes texts which he sets to music, with the fruit of his work being remarkable cross–genre music-theatre projects. He has paid systematic attention to reputable Czech figures (Ivan Blatný, Jaroslav Hašek, František Kupka, Josef Gocar, Jan Hus, Johann Gregor Mendel, Václav Havel, Jan Zábrana, Josef Škvorecký). Following A Human Tragicomedy, to his own libretto, inspired by the writer/philosopher Ladislav Klíma, which was premiered at the Estates Theatre in 2003, Don Hrabal is Orson’s second opera.


The National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra


  • The program may be subject to change.
  • No intermission
  • The purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • For the performances of the National Theatre, Karlín Music Theatre and the Estates Theatre, no discounts are provided.
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