January26 2019 (Sat)
7:00 PM

Jonny spielt auf

Opera by Ernst Krenek

The National Theatre | Classical Music

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Date: January 26, 2019 | 19:00 (Sat)
Venue: The National Theatre
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Watch the story about violinist, jazz and lost violin...

Krenek´s opera is returning to Prague after 80 years. Ernst Krenek (or Křenek, 1900–1991) was the son of an Austro-Hungarian Army officer with Czech and German roots. The main character of the opera is Max, a romantically exalted composer, whose ambition is being limited by Anita, an opera singer. Max’s rivals are the celebrated violinist Daniello and the black jazz musician Jonny.

Max craves glory, while Jonny longs for Daniello’s precious violin, which he duly steals. With the theft of the instrument being the nodal point of the plot, the opera features a rapid succession of scenes, alternating between expressionistic images, elements of film slapstick comedy and crime drama, while the music ranges between extensive neo-Romantic passages and jazz-influenced dance rhythms.

In the end, “Jonny Plays and the whole of Europe dances”. Krenek’s opera was premiered on 10 February 1927 in Leipzig, conducted by Gustav Brecher. 

Please note:

  • No intermission
  • The program may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.

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