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Mo 8 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, harpsichord category Tu 9 09:00 International Music Competition - round 1, violin category Th 11 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, harpsichord category 20:00 Informal Festival Prelude ATTENTION PLEASE Fr 12 09:00 International Music Competition - round 2, violin category 10:00 Tribute to Bedřich Smetana 16:00 Open air broadcast of the opening concert 20:00 Opening Concert: Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker Sa 13 11:00 Morning Concert I Marek Švejkar & Lenka Korbelová 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 1) 20:00 Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, harpsichord category (part 2) Su 14 10:00 The Best of Prague Spring Festivals 16:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 1) 20:00 Prague Spring International Music Competition, finals, violin category (part 2) 20:00 Rocío Márquez Mo 15 20:00 Ensemble Inégal 20:00 Quasars Ensemble Tu 16 20:00 Diana Damrau We 17 20:00 La Compagnia del Madrigale Th 18 10:00 A day with the Czech Radio station Vltava 19:00 Laco Déczi & Celula New York 19:00 Krakatit 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Kristjan Järvi & Lukáš Vondráček Fr 19 18:00 Pavel Kohout 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Maxim Vengerov Sa 20 11:00 Morning Concert I Michal Šupák 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 20:00 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian & Jan Lisiecki Su 21 20:00 Jinhyung Park Mo 22 20:00 Česká filharmonie, Jiří Bělohlávek - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 EntreQuatre & Epoque Quartet Tu 23 20:00 Shanghai Dance Theatre 21:30 Nocturno I Alexander Lonquich We 24 20:00 Filharmonie Brno & Dennis Russell Davies Th 25 20:00 Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & WIlliam Christie Fr 26 20:00 Symfonický orchestr hl. m. Prahy, Łukasz Borowicz & Huw Morgan 20:00 Alexander Lonquich, Vilde Frang & Nicolas Altstaedt Sa 27 11:00 Morning Concert III Boris Prýgl & Jana Nagy-Juhász 14:00 Lobkowicz Trio 14:00 A Musical Walk Through Prague 17:00 David Oistrach Quartet 20:00 Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt & Jan Simon Su 28 10:30 Suk's Křečovice 11:00 Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet 14:00 Dvořák Piano Quartet 17:00 Martinů Quartet 20:00 Concerto Zapico Mo 29 20:00 Musico-technical Inventions 20:00 Sacconi Quartet & Wihan Quartet Tu 30 13:30 ZUŠ Open 20:00 Prague Spring Debut,
Baborák/Mráček/
Heyward
20:00 Forma Antiqva
We 31 20:00 Orchestre de Paris, Thomas Hengelbrock & Kate Lindsey 21:30 Nocturne II Tomáš Jamník & Frode Haltli Th 1 20:00 Berg Orchestra, Peter Strenáčik & Peter Vrábel - ATTENTION PLEASE 20:00 Camerata Salzburg & Alexander Lonquich Fr 2 20:00 Closing Concert: Krzysztof Penderecki & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
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Laco Déczi & Celula New York 18/5, Thursday 19:00
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A day with the Czech Radio station Vltava 18/5, Thursday 10:00
18. 5. / Th / 19.00
Krakatit
venue The National Theatre price CZK end of the concert 22.00

Programme

  • Václav Kašlík: Krakatit

Partner of the concert

Národní divadlo

 

The Czech repertoire of the National Theatre in the 2016/17 season will be extended to include a remarkable experimental creation by Václav Kašlík (1917–1989), one of the greatest and most versatile 20th-century Czech opera composers. A conductor and opera director, he mainly worked for the National Theatre in Prague, yet he also attained renown abroad. Kašlík based his second opera on Karel Čapek’s 1922 novel Krakatit, a philosophical science-fiction work, which in the form of a parable predicted the rapid development of modern science and, most significantly, the path of human civilisation to the very brink of extinction. At the present time, amid the world’s polarisation and new types of unceasing brutality and fanaticism, Čapek’s novel has acquired unthought-of connections. Kašlík’s opera Krakatit draws upon a dynamic scenario blending the real world and the world of delusion, and is characterised by sharp cuts and contrasts, with the score combining contemporary classical music experiments with jazz and pop. The libretto was co-created by the Czech film director Otakar Vávra, who had previously adapted Čapek’s novel into a movie, starring Karel Höger in the lead role of Ing. Prokop. The operatic version of Krakatit, written in 1960, was cinematised too, in the following year by its creator himself. At the time, the opera was also premiered in Ostrava. The National Theatre hosted the first performance of Kašlík’s Krakatit in 1966. Our production will mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.

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