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Events Bohemia Opera Breaks to Prague 2018

Prague is a city whose musical life can be pursued back to the 11th century. Not only famous Czech composers Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana, and Leos Janacek composed there but also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in Prague and composed his symphony no 38 (the "Prague") in the city, as well as his opera, Don Giovanni. A number of great composers visited Prague after Mozart and Beethoven, as well as outstanding performing artists, including Carl Maria Weber, Fryderyk Chopin, Nicollo Paganini, Franz List in particular, Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner.

EVENTS BOHEMIA have prepared your week-end break to Prague in great style. Marvelous venues, outstanding performances, excellent hotel and services. The only thing behind your expectation is price.

PERFORMANCES AND DATES

August 11, DON GIOVANNI by Mozart
In the summer of 2018, the Estates Theatre will host performances of the legendary Don Giovanni production directed by Vaclav Kaslik, which received its premiere in 1969. The sets, designed by Josef Svoboda, inventively encompass the architectural elements of the auditorium itself, integrating the proscenium boxes as the main component of the scenery, and thus capitalising on the fact that the Estates Theatre was the venue of the world premiere of the Opera of Opera. The opening night, on 29 October 1787, was conducted by the composer himself. The opera will be performed in the original Italian, with Czech and English subtitles.

September 15, NABUCCO by Verdi
It is only Verdi's third opera. He has managed to create a highly suggestive work on the biblical topic. The passionate music of the piece about the liberation of Jews from Egyptian captivity fully corresponded to the mood of the populace, yearning for liberation from Austro-Hungarian power and the unification of Italy.

October 13, THE DEVIL AND KATE by Dvorak
The Devil and Kate is based on fairy-tale motifs. Blending folk and humorous with lyrical and fantasy elements is one of the typical (and still very popular) traits of Czech dramatic creation. The theme of this charming fairy-tale opera is taken over from Bozena Nemcova folk tale of the same name about the brazen and fearless Kate, the wily shepherd Jirka and the duped devil Marbuel. Dvorak created a masterly patchwork of contrasting scenes - folksy, breezy, fiendishly fervent and courtly noble. Owing to the inspired invention with musical motifs and orchestra instrumentation, The Devil and Kate is a thoroughly original work from beginning to end, one that surpasses Dvorak previous operas in many respects.

November 9, THE BARTERED BRIDE by Smetana
The founding work of modern Czech opera, soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the worlds operatic repertoire. The 20th National Theatre production of the evergreen of Czech theatre and music is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman. Magdalena Svecova has chosen neither the path of provocative or scandalous interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of obsolete models. The Bartered Brides grotesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness, intelligent wit and hyperbole, as well as an understanding for the long-gone order (disorder) of human lives in the Czech village. The production forcibility is enhanced by Zuzana Pridalova costumes, inspired by plant and animal motifs, and Ladislava Kosikova stylish choreography charged with energy and replete with naturalness.

December 1, CARMEN by Bizet
The opera audiences all over the world have been captivated by the tragic story of Carmen, its psychological insight, colourful Spanish setting and above all Bizet's melodically inventive and poignant music for more than 125 years.br />

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