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OpusOsm Minutka: The Little Mermaid (Malá mořská víla)

Five Fast Facts About the Czech National Ballet’s Classic Fairy Tale . . . . . Foto Pavel Hejný . 1 The Czech National Ballet (CNB)’s take on The Little Mermaid is far closer to the Hans Christian Andersen book than the Disney film. Parents may even want to prepare little ones who come in expecting a happy ever after between Ariel and Prince Eric for a slightly different story….

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Deaf Empire: An Interview with Playwright Stephan Delbos

  In Deaf Empire: Replaying Bedřich Smetana, the Prague Shakespeare Company’s newest production at the Kolowrat Theatre, which premiered this week to rapturous applause, playwright Stephan Delbos reimagines the life of the famous Czech classical composer through a series of scenes that serve as intimate portraits not only of Smetana’s life, but of the era in which he lived and wrote his greatest works. Opus Osm met up with the…

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Uncertain Revival: The Prague Shakespeare Company Presents The Life & Times Of Bedřich Smetana

In Deaf Empire: Replaying Bedřich Smetana, Stephan Delbos’ new play about the 19th century Czech revivalist composer Bedřich Smetana produced by the Prague Shakespeare Company and directed by Amy Huck at Prague’s Kolowrat theatre, we are presented with an intimate portrait of one of the Czech nation’s greatest musical icons. In Delbos’ humorous yet moving portrayal, we are reminded that the acceptance, and even the existence, of some of our…

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What You Should Know about Josef Mysliveček

What You Should Know about Josef Mysliveček Five Fast Facts about This Important Czech Composer 1 Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781) would have slipped into the shadows of forgotten history except for three intriguing things: Firstly, he was Mozart’s influential teacher; secondly, his own music, now enjoying a revival, stands on its own merits alongside Mozart’s … and thirdly … 2 International-award-winning director / writer Petr Vaclav has created a documentary about…

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Happy Summer Holidays from OpusOsm!

Dear Czech Classical Music, Opera, and Dance Fans, Along with many of our professional companies, the OpusOsm team is enjoying a summer holiday for the months of July and August to stretch our legs (and our typing fingers). We hope that you and your loved ones are doing the same.

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Vertigo: A Trio of Contemporary Styles

The Czech National Ballet’s latest premiere features pieces from three contemporary choreographers from throughout the continent. Rain, Vertigo, and Cacti dance across a range of themes, emotions, and movement styles that are as diverse as their names imply. . . . Rain: A Theatrical Journey The lights rose in Prague’s New Stage (Nová Scéna) to reveal dancers decked out in dresses, hairstyles, hats, and suspenders reminiscent of the early 20th…

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Prague Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC), which marked 80 years of its existence in January 2015, ranks among Europe´s leading professional choral ensembles. Initially named Radiojournal Prague Choir, it was founded in 1935 by choirmaster Jan Kühn. Its current principal choirmaster, Lukáš Vasilek, has stood at the helm of the Prague Philharmonic Choir since 2007. The Prague Philharmonic Choir has to its credit many prestigious collaborations with, among others, the Czech…

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Husa: An Overlooked Musical Great

Karel Husa, at 95, is internationally known but, despite his devotion, still overlooked here at home. The Czech composer sent a personal letter to a recent concert so that you can get to know him better. It was for the Prague Philharmonia-PKF’s May 3 ‘Czech 20th Century’ in the ‘Beauty of Today’ series that Mr Husa sent a warm greeting and written notes on his childhood memories. Mr Husa jumped…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Oliver Twist

This classic English tale is probably best known for the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” but this orphan story is told entirely through the language of dance. Opus Osm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts About Bohemia Ballet’s Oliver Twist 1 This is the first Prague presentation of the story as a ballet. French choreographer Bérangère Andréo adapted the story for dance, set to music by Rachel…

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Czech Natl Ballet’s ‘Vertigo’

The Czech National Ballet is preparing a new production, this time borne in the spirit of contemporary dance. . . . . . . . . . This is an excerpt of the full article, which you can find by clicking here. Or click on the black “Re:Source” tab at the top of the page. A mixed bill will present the essence of works by three distinguished and singular contemporary…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Portrait & Paradiso

Opus Osm Minutka (“Little Minute”): Five Fast Facts about 420People’s Portrait Parlé and Paradiso The acrobatic artists of contemporary dance company 420People premiered their latest works at Jatka 78 on Apr 14. The artsy crowds were as colorful as the backdrops in this former-slaughterhouse-turned-artists’ space in Prague’s Holešovice neighborhood. 1 Nataša Novotná’s choreography explores the way we interact in a modern world: Portrait Parlé begins in the lobby while audience…

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The Prague Spring Festival’s Big Numbers

Prague Spring’s official 70th birthday celebrates big numbers: the 700th birthday of Charles IV (1355-1378) – the 11th Czech king, and Holy Roman emperor. The Prague Spring International Music Festival May 12-June 4 offers you music in a huge number of genres. You’ll hear motets, Marian song forms, Chinese music drama, 17th and 18th century Spanish musical gems — to sonatas, symphonies, operas — even flamenco, rock, jazz, and shakuhachi!…

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OpusOsm Minutka: FOK’s ‘Ring’ Classics

Some music tells a story with notes alone. Other music remains connected to onscreen images burned into our memories. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Lord of the Rings performance allowed fans to appreciate both versions of famous ‘Ring’ music. OpusOsm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts about FOK’s “Pán Prstenů (Lord of the Rings)” 1. The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s abbreviation “FOK” stands for “Film-Opera-Koncert” — FOK got its start in 1934…

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Hába: Familiar Name/Forgotten Music?

If you’ve taken music classes, you may know the name Alois Hába (1893-1973). Yet his music is rarely performed. That’s why the high attendance at a recent concert surprised everyone. Hana Dohnálková, dramaturgist of the PKF’s series, “Krása Dneška” (The Beauty of Today), was really surprised by the number of the people who came to the March concert at Roxy’s NoD Theatre. “There are so many of you today. Maybe…

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DKP, A Path to Professionalism

Pavel Šmok. Jiři Kylian. Nikola Márová. Many of the Czech dance names that we know and love have one thing in common: they are proud alumni of the DKP – Dance Conservatory of Prague (Taneční Konzervatoř Hlavního Města Prahy). The Dance Conservatory of Prague was founded shortly after the end of WWII, on October 11, 1945. Students study the normal academic curriculum while dipping their toes into these dance classrooms…

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Jac & Jan & FOK

Conductor Jac van Steen returns to lead the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) in concert with the award-winning young violinist Jan Mráček, Apr 13-14. This is the beginning of the full Re:Source article which you can read by clicking on the Re:Source tab at the top of this page. The principal guest conductor of the 81st season of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jac van Steen, likes monumental pieces. One of them…

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