October24 2021 (Sun)
7:30 PM

Musica non grata: Music by Terezín Composers

The State Opera Orchestra

Prague State Opera | Classical Music

117 minutes | Available

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Date: October 24, 2021 | 19:30 (Sun)
Venue: Prague State Opera
Duration: 117 minutes
Status: Available
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Music by Terezín composers in the State Opera

The concert Music by Terezín Composers from a cycle Musica non grata is also a first concert in cooperation with the music festival Everlasting Hope. 

The concert opens with pieces by Pavel Haas - The Study for string orchestra, an impassioned statement composed during his incarceration in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) camp-ghetto, a year before his death. Amidst the uncertainty as to what the future would bring, he wrote a piece comparable with the greatest 20th-century works of music. The concert will also feature his Suite transcribed for oboe and strings by Ondřej Kyas.

You will also hear arias from Viktor Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis). Unlike other Terezín composers pieces, his opera was never performed in the concentration camp as a allegory about a mad dictator conceived in Theresienstadt was too evident. Both the composer and the librettist, Petr Kien, were murdered in Auschwitz.

The presenter of the evening will be Martina Kociánová.


  • Pavel Haas: Study for string orchestra 
  • Pavel Haas: Suite for oboe and string orchestra (Suite for oboe and piano, Op. 17, orchestrated by Ondřej Kyas) 
  • Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for strings  (Honor to Karel Ančerl)
  • Gideon Klein: Partita pro strings orchestra
    short reading: texts by Arnošt Lustig
  • Antonín Dvořák: Songs my Mother taught me (for orchestra)
  • Viktor Ullmann: Der Kaiser von Atlantis (The Emperor of Atlantis)
    Drummer Girl: „Hallo, hallo"
    Bubikopf: „lst's wahr, dass es Landschaften gibt"
    Death: „Das waren Kriege" (Honor to Karel Berman)
    Emperor: „Der Kriegt ist aus"
    Finale „Komm, Tod, clu unser werter Gast"


The State Opera Orchestra
Olga Macháňová Pavlů
 - conductor
Vilém Veverka - oboe


Vera Talerko - soprano
Jarmila Balážová - mezzo-soprano
Miguelangelo Cavalcanti - baritone
Pavel Švingr - bass
Jaroslav Březina - tenor

About the festival: 

Musica non grata is a music festival promoted by the National Theatre which recalls the rich musical tradition of Prague before 1938. The project was launched in 2020 with significant financial support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague.

During its duration, opera productions and concerts of symphonic and chamber music are performed on the stages of the National Theatre and other Prague beautiful venues. These events mainly represent the works of Czech-German composers of Jewish origin who had a special relationship with Prague and the then Czechoslovak Republic. 


  • Please check the current conditions for admission to concerts.
  • Printed tickets required.
  • Purchased tickets cannot be returned or exchanged.
  • The price includes service fee of 3,7 € (100,- CZK)
  • One intermission
  • No discounts are provided. 
  • Theatre is a cultural institution. Please respect the common principles of appropriate behaviour and clothing.
  • The program may be subject to change.

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