March19 2019 (Tue)
8:00 PM

No Man

Opera by Jiří Kadeřábek

The New Stage - Laterna magika | Classical Music

75 minutes | Not available

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Date: March 19, 2019 | 20:00 (Tue)
Venue: The New Stage - Laterna magika
Duration: 75 minutes
Status: Not available

The music drama about the tragic fate of Otakar Švec, the sculptor of the Joseph Stalin monument

The music drama in three Acts portrays the tragic fate of the sculptor Otakar Švec and the destiny of his final work – the monument to Joseph Stalin, which once dominated above Prague. The production, combining opera and art installation, is a stage Gesamtkunstwerk between utopia and dystopia.

The music, composed by Jiří Kadeřábek, engages soloists and chamber orchestra, recorded children’s choir, mixed choir and orchestra. The musical concept is based on the unification of absent performers and stage action, with this contrast creating an analogy to the absent presence of the Stalin monument from the current perspective.

The drama brings into play authentic historical and archival material, blending with an epic reflection on the human yearning for creating a work that surpasses the person. The production creators approach the image of the removal of the Stalin monument in 1962 as a response to the political changes in the Soviet Union and a backlash against the cult of personality. The engineer entrusted with the monument’s demolition was given the task of devising a silent explosion: the sculpture was to disappear without anyone noticing the blast. The silent explosion is the dramaturgical apex of the second part.

As the Stalin sculpture blows up, so does the classical structure of the opera No Man: passing from the classical form to an open structure. Following the silent explosion, all that is heard in the second part is the bustle of the theatre in operation – the sounds emitted by the props, technology and spectators – and silence. The silent explosion is ensued by the appearance of the phantoms that have remained in the wake of the demolition of the Stalin monument in the collective consciousness of Praguers.


National Theatre Chamber Orchestra
State Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Children’s Opera Prague

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.
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