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12. 9. 2019

Auditions for the State Opera Chorus

The National Theatre in Prague announces an audition for members of the State Opera Chorus in the SECOND SOPRANO group (to replace singers on maternity leave). It will take place on Thursday  24 October 2019 from 1 pm at the National Theatre Operations Building, Ostrovní 1, Prague 1. The applicants are required to perform two arbitrary arias, or one aria and one song.


The National Theatre in Prague also announces an audition for members of the State Opera external choir in all voice categories, which will be held on Thursday 24 October 2019 from 2 pm at the National Theatre Operations Building, Ostrovní 1, Prague 1. The applicants are required to perform two arbitrary arias, or one aria and one song.


Please send your applications in writing to the address:

Libor Novák – Secretary of the State Opera Chorus, Ostrovní 1, 110 00 Praha 1

or by email to: [email protected] . For more information, call 773 759 383.

12. 9. 2019

A concert marking the opening of the 2019/20 season

Music, and opera in particular, is among the most intimate witnesses to the flights and falls of human freedom. And it is undoubtedly one of its most ardent advocates. A concert opening the 2019/20 season and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, which was held on 12 September at the National Theatre historical building, featured superb opera singers, the National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink.

4. 9. 2019

Rodion Shchedrin at the National Theatre

The famous Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin visited Prague to present his opera LOLITA. On 4 September 2019, he appeared at a press conference, which was also attended by Pelageya Kurennaya, who will portray the role of Lolita, Daria Rositskaya, who will portray Charlotte, and the conductor Sergey Neller. We look forward to the premiere performances, scheduled to be given on 3 and 5 October 2019 at the Estates Theatre!

22. 8. 2019

Lolita in Czech premiere at the Estates Theatre

In October the National Theatre will stage the very first Czech production of the contemporary opera Lolita, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s celebrated novel. Almost four decades following the book’s publication, it was created by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin.

The opera, depicting a multi-layered story blending the subjects of lust, love and sin, will be presented in Czech premiere! The first Czech production of Shchedrin’s Lolita has been created for the National Theatre and State Opera audience by the acclaimed Slovak stage director and performance artist Sláva Daubnerová, who is renowned for her to ability to interpret (not only) 20th-century operas in a singular way. The esteemed Slovak set designer Boris Kudlička will afford the production a suggestible and provocative visual attractiveness.

Premiere performances: 3 and 5 October 2019. 

1. 8. 2019

New Opera Management

Today, the Norwegian manager Per Boye Hansen will officially assume the post of Artistic Director of the National Theatre Opera and State Opera.

In August, Karl-Heinz Steffens, the former Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera, will take up the post of Music Director of the State Opera. Conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink continues as Music Director of the National Theatre Opera. Mrs. Bohdana Malik took the post of Administrative Director of Opera in June. We are looking forward to the cooperation and wishing the new Opera management good luck!

28. 7. 2019


For the very first time in history, Operalia, the international Opera competition founded by Plácido Domingo, has been presented in the Czech Republic.

The 27th edition of the internationally renowned competition has been hosted by the National Theatre and the Domingo-Mozart-Prague organization and took place at the historical building of the National Theatre in Prague which is one of the symbols of the country’s national identity and counts more than 130 years of independent artistic performances. The Final Concert featured 12 of the most promising voices in the opera world today, with singers from Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Sweden, South Africa and the United States. Their performances were accompanied by the National Theatre orchestra conducted by Plácido Domingo. The Final’s concert was followed by an award ceremony, where Plácido Domingo presented prizes in 7 categories: 

First Prize
Adriana Gonzalez, soprano, Guatemala
Xabier Anduaga, tenor, Spain 


Second Prize
Maria Kataeva, mezzo-soprano, Russia
Gihoon Kim, baritone, South Korea


Third Prize
Christina Nilsson, soprano, Sweden
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor, USA/Germany


Birgit Nilsson Prize
Felicia Moore, soprano, USA
Christina Nilsson, soprano, Sweden 


The Pepita Embil Prize of Zarzuela
Adriana Gonzalez, soprano, Guatemala


The Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela
Xabier Anduaga, tenor, Spain 


Rolex Prize of the Audience
Maria Kataeva, mezzo-soprano, Russia
Gihoon Kim, baritone, South Korea


CulturArte Prize
Anna Shapovalova, soprano, Russia


26. 7. 2019

Winners of Operalia 2019

Adriana Gonzalez and Xabier Anduaga are the First Prize Winners of Operalia’s 27th edition. Congratulations!!! We will be back soon with more information.

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