An exhibition mapping the famous foreign productions of The Bartered Bride, perhaps the most popular Czech opera, gets underway at the Bedřich Smetana Museum in Prague this week. It traces the opera’s journey from its first production abroad, in St Petersburg, across leading opera houses all over the world.
“Smetana's Litomyšl”, an annual international opera festival
celebrating the works of Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, sold more than
29,000 tickets, a new record.
Now in its 60th year, the eclectic festival is a paradise for classical music lovers but also features everything from jazz to folk music.
Festival director Jan Pikna said there were 41 shows over the 24 days of the festival. Counting all visitors, including those who came to see free accompanying programmes, more than 35,000 attended, he said.
An annual international opera festival celebrating the works of Bedřich Smetana – perhaps the most famous Czech composers of all time – kicks off on Thursday in the eastern Bohemian town of his birth. Now in its 60th year, the "Smetana’s Litomyšl" festival is a paradise for classical music lovers but also features everything from jazz to folk.
The annual Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival gets underway on Friday in the eastern Bohemian town with a concert by the Czech Philharmonic headed by Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov. The festival, which is now in its 59th year, will offer more than 35 events, ranging across musical genres from opera to jazz and gypsy music. It will continue until July 5.
Few pieces of music could be said to capture the spirit of the Czech landscape more vividly than Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic cycle, Má vlast – My Homeland. The cycle is also a symbol of triumph over adversity. By the time he completed the work at the end of the 1870s, Smetana was almost totally deaf, living in isolation and far from the musical life of Prague. This and other aspects of the composer’s eventful life are captured in a new play by the American writer Stephan Delbos, which will be premiering in Prague at the beginning of March. David
This Friday sees the start of one of the oldest festivals in Europe celebrating amateur theatre in Hronov close to the Polish border. The festival is dedicated to the great writer Alois Jirásek, who was born there. Although his plays have since fallen out of fashion, some troupes still take a crack at his work every so often; more importantly, over the course of ten days, visitors get to see some of the best in amateur theatre from the year all in one place.
Today's Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the most famous Czech opera, The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana. This week marked exactly 150 years since Prodaná nevěsta premiered at Prague's Provisional Theatre on May 30, 1866. The three-act comic opera, set in a country village, tells the story true love that eventually prevails over efforts of ambitious parents and a scheming marriage broker.
The 71st edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival gets underway in the Czech capital on Thursday night. In keeping with tradition, the country’s leading classical music event will be launched by a performance of Smetana’s My Country at Prague’s Municipal House, this time featuring the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Paavo Järvi, whose father Neeme Järvi had that honour with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in 1994. This year’s Prague Spring will feature 50 concerts by 14 orchestras.