Opera performances are generally not crowd pullers, but the new opera Enchantia, which premiered in January 2012 at the Prague National Theatre was sold-out in a matter of weeks. Families with children of all ages literally swarmed to the opera house eager for a glimpse of the magic land. Directed by Petr Forman, one of the twin-sons of famous Miloš Forman, and composed by Marko Ivanović, Enchantia became a phenomenon disproving the view that opera is a dead genre. Composer Marko Ivanović is JPs guest on todays One on One.
In this week’s Arts I my guest is Jana Fantová, the head of komiksfest which returns in October and the curator of an on-going exhibition at a 19th century chateau in East Bohemia. Entitled 13 Chambers of Comics, the exhibition highlights works by some of the country’s best graphic novel illustrators and artists.
This week Radio Prague’s Sunday music show profiles Jana Vérova - a young musician whose music is both raw and poetic and deeply rooted in her place of birth –the former Sudetenland. Although she has recorded just one album she regularly plays at festivals around the country and has a strong following of devoted fans.
In this week’s Arts my guest is Czech Photo’s Daniela Mrázková, the curator of an exhibition marking 10 years since the 2002 floods that devastated Prague and other parts of the Czech Republic. Based on an earlier show of works by some of the country’s best photographers, the exhibition is also accompanied by a brand-new book.
With just a day remaining to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Czech House is getting ready to receive its first visitors. Located in the trendy area of Islington, the Czech House will offer a series of programmes including concerts, exhibits and film screenings, as well as opportunities to meet some of the Czech athletes competing in the Games. But even before the Games began, the venue is already drawing crowds of people who come to see one of the most original artifacts dedicated to the 2012 Olympics – a red double-decker bus
A new work by renowned Czech artist David Černý has gone on display at the Czech House in Islington, London to coincide with the Olympic Games. Entitled ‘London Booster’, the work features a converted red double-decker... doing push-ups! The six-tonne mechanical sculpture even audibly grunts and groans as it lifts itself off the ground, making it a perfect draw for the upcoming Olympics.
In 2004, commercial broadcaster TV Nova launched the first edition of Cesko hleda superstar (the Czech version of American Idol), which launched the careers of several singers, most notably that of the competition’s winner Aneta Langerová, whose first album Spousta andelů (Many Angels) achieved broad success.