Musica non grata final weekend 5-7 4. 2024 – Cysnews

Musica non grata final weekend 5-7 4. 2024 – Cysnews
Musica non grata final weekend 5-7 4. 2024 – Cysnews

On days 5-7 April 2024, the Musica non grata Final Weekend will conclude the four-year project of the National Theater Opera and the State Opera dedicated to the musical legacy of male and female composers persecuted by the Nazi regime and related to the musical environment of the first Czechoslovak Republic. During four years, the Musica non grata cycle offered more than 150 opera and operetta performances, concerts and educational programs. The project is implemented with the financial support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Czech Republic.

Musica non grata project

“Musica non grata returns to the magnificent periods of our eventful shared history in Central Europe. And at the same time, it reminds us of the dark side of our past. The rediscovery, introduction and interpretation of the works of artists who fell victim to fanatical nationalism and racial hatred is of extraordinary importance for Czech-German cultural history. I am very grateful for the excellent cooperation with the National Theater Opera and the State Opera. Central Europe also has a positive spirit, and this project is a good proof of that,” says the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Czech Republic, Andreas Künne.

“For me, as the artistic director of the National Theater Opera and the State Opera, this project means returning the first Czech opera scene to the cultural map of Europe. That, I think, was supremely successful. I also believe that the Musica non grata project enriched everyone who worked on it at the National Theatre, whether they were artists or management colleagues, with valuable experience, contacts, inspiration and new friendships,” adds the artistic director of the National Theater Opera and the State Opera Per Boy Hansen.

The Musica non grata project will say goodbye to its audience from April 5 to 7 at the State Opera with derniers:

  • Operetta Ball at Paul Abraham’s Savoy Hotel (April 5)
  • Comic operas The clothes make the man Alexander Zemlinsky (April 7)
  • On Saturday, April 6, a single performance of the one-act operas St. Susan by Paul Hindemith, which returns to the State Opera stage after 101 years, and The Florentine Tragedy by Alexander Zemlinsky based on the literary model by Oscar Wilde is planned.

The main roles will be played by Tamara Morozová, Lucie Hilscherová, Joachim Goltz, Corinna Scheurle and Josef Moravec. The concert performance will be conducted by the conductor Karsten Januschke.

“If we can contribute even a drop by presenting the music of these composers to the realization of the dangerous situation we are in today and the worst nightmare in the history of mankind eighty years ago, I will be happy. […] But The Florentine Tragedy and Saint Susan embody fascinating music that should be in the repertoire much more often. Let’s not think about it still in connection with Nazism and the Third Reich, because that is exactly what this regime was actually striving for. Let’s just enjoy it!” says Karsten Januschke. The concert will include a dramaturgical introduction by one of the greatest experts on the work of Alexander Zemlinsky, conductor and musicologist Antony Beaumont.

The premiere of the puppet fairy tale The Bald Princess

As part of the Musica non grata Final Weekend, the world premiere of the puppet fairy tale with music by Terezín author Lena Stein-Schneider, The Bald Princess, prepared by a young author team consisting of Matyáš Míka, Markéta Labusová and Iva Ščerbáková will take place. The performance, which was co-produced by the National Theatre, Musica non grata and the Puppets in the Hospital association, will take place on Saturday, April 6, at the Ronald McDonald House in Prague. The world premiere is exclusively intended for pediatric patients of the Oncology Department of the Faculty Hospital in Motola.

All information about the MNG Final Weekend program and tickets are available HERE

Source: National Theatre

The article is in Czech


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