Especially landmark, historic, or innovative Czech performances. For a complete list of all Prague events, click on the Events Calendar immediately above.
6: The Opera Ball, the traditional, annual event allowing you to dress up, enjoy highlights of ballet and opera, dance, bid at the charity auction, and eat – sorry, dine – in the orchestra pit! at the State Opera. Check the sponsor's website for dress code information, right down to the acceptable material for the buttons on your tux. 8 pm. 8: The Prague Conservatory Vocal Dept presents compositions written by its own faculty, to honor the 30th anniversary of the prestigious academy's popular-music dept. Prague Conservatory, 7 pm. 9: The State Opera premieres an all-new Madama Butterfly, with additional Feb performance on the 27th. The State Opera, 7 pm. 10-11: The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) presents an evening of music and song with mezzosoprano Dagmar Pecková, The Prague Philharmonic Choir, and Jitro Children's Choir from Hradec Králové, all conducted by Argentine Renaissance-man José Cura. The Municipal House, 7:30 pm. 11-12: Popular moderator Marek Eben joins film-maker Alice Nellis and Czech Philharmonic conductor Jiří Bělohlávek to explain how the composer, conductor, and musicians all work to create beautiful music together. The Rudolfinum, 7:30 pm. 16: Following his Master Class this day, flautist R Trevisani shows his virtuosity in concert. Palffy Palace, 7 pm. 16: And now for something a little different, a pleasant concert with your not-every-day combo of instruments: oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, performed by J Souček, J Mach, and V Vonášek, respectively. The Atrium, 7:30 pm. 16: Violinist Václav Hudeček continues his concert series, here with young talents such as violinist J Mráček and pianist L Klánský, and others. Prague Conservatory, 7:30 pm. 18: Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Artist-in-Residence José Cura presents a free concert following his 5-day Master Classes for singers and conductors. Palffy Palace, 5 pm. 20: Cello master Petr Nouzovský joins Ladislav Horák on the accordion and bandoneon for a lively Saturday morning of other Czech masters (Sluka, Dvořák, Trojan, Skoumal) ending with a flourish, including Piazzolla's. Lichtenstein Palace, 10:30 am. 20: An pleasant evening of song, “Liederabend” presents vocal music by selected National Theatre soloists. The National Theatre, 7 pm. 25: British choreographer Michael Corder premieres his Snow Queen at The Czech National Ballet Mar 3-4; here's your chance to listen to him explain (in English) his moves and motivations, and maybe even ask him a question at this public interview. The New Stage, 3:30 pm. 27, 28: The Bohemia Ballet, the state conservatory's talented dance company, presents Oliver Twist. The Theatre of the Estates, 27 at 7 pm, 28 at 2 and 5 pm. 28: Give the boys a chance: the new male dance troupe Ballet Hommes Fatals takes its first bow at The Hybernia Theatre, 6 pm.
Festivals & Workshops
For more details on these events, click on the black 'Calendar' tab at the top of the page, and roll over the gray 'Festivals & Workshops' section
Jan 29-Feb 9: Prague Carnevale Feb 11:Procházky Uměním (A Walk through Art), Prague Feb 13-18: Master Class for singers and conductors, J Cura, 10 am-3 pm, Palffy Palace. Details on our Festivals & Workshops listing, here. Feb 16:Flute Master Class, R Trevisani, 10 am-1 pm, Prague Conservatory Mar 2-24: Smetana Days, Pilsen Mar 3-May 10: Pardubice Musical Spring Mar 12-27: Smiřice Music Festival Mar 20-Apr 3: Easter Festival of Sacred Music, Brno
Last Chance to See: An exhibit on Mozart and His Operas in Prague, closing Feb 23 at The Czech Museum of Music.