The National Theatre, next to the National Museum, is the biggest and most famous cultural institution in the Czech Republic and a trip to Prague would not be complete without an opera, ballet or theatre performance as good quality entertainment is guaranteed. But to offer some variety to its visitors, the National Theatre has decided to turn to something more contemporary and feature an opera based on a sport that is close to many Czechs' hearts - ice hockey.
This Saturday, March 15, London's Opera Up Close company is holding the premiere of their production of "the Kaiser of Atlantis" ("Der Kaiser von Atlantis"), which was written by Viktor Ullmann with a libretto by Petr Kein. A Vienna-born Jew, Viktor Ullmann later took Czech nationality, and was already well-known as a composer before being sent to Terezin concentration camp in September 1942. It was there - in the most incredible circumstances - that he wrote "the Kaiser of Atlantis", before meeting his death in Auschwitz in October 1944. When
Prague's Stavovske Divadlo, or Estate Theatre, was host to an unusual performance recently that is part of the Pounding on the Iron Curtain project. This project, which was launched in the State Opera Prague last season and is now to be continued in the Estate Theatre, aims at giving the new generation of talented composers a new taste for opera and a chance to perform their work before a large audience. The first such performance was the world premier of "Priceless Arias", supported by the Guarded Parnass grouping that promotes contemporary art in
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