Tag: Čarokraj

Monday, February 6, 2012: Enchanting Opera

Enchanting Opera At first they wouldn’t let any of us into the National Theater through the front door. The front door is for sissies apparently, which we certainly were not. So we stood outside in the cold on the piazza in groups led by pretty young women wearing funny hats and holding sign posts. Then the Frogmen came. They yelled at us through loudspeakers in languages that can only be…

Thursday, January 19,2012: Fantastic Reality

Editorial: Fantastic Reality Strange things happen when you are a writer on the arts: sometimes the performances you see stick in your mind, consciously or unconsciously, and snatches of some of these performances get mixed in together with the unreality of your “real” life. That describes my day today – everyday chores and tasks mixed up with the strong images I’m still carrying around from last Sunday afternoon’s premiere performance…

Wednesday, January 11,2011: Language of Enchantia

The Language of Enchantia First it was a children’s book (English writer Gerald Durrell, 1974), then it was an animated cartoon (1978), then came the Czech translation and illustration (Adolf Born, 1983). And finally this week it’s an opera on the National Theatre stage (premieres Sat and Sun; directed by Petr Forman). It’s Čarokraj (English Enchantia), a fantasy combining elements of natural science, classic children’s themes of courage and adventure…

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012:Fish Women & Gorillas

Editorial: Fish Women and Tumbling Gorillas Do you still think “opera” means fat ladies singing with spears? Imagine this: you’ve been invited to an official pre-opera press conference. Your invitation warns, “The less able-bodied should bring their headlamps and hip flasks.” You go to the cellar of the National Theatre, still in your winter coat and hat. You sit quietly in rows with other journalists, inside a massive wire cage…

Thurs, June 23, 2011: Opera-What’s Up?

Summer Solstice Series! Opus Osm continues our week-long Solstice Series of “backgrounder” articles. If you’ve ever wondered the who, why, what, or why not about opera, here are the answers to your questions. Zuzana Sklenková is on hand to anticipate everything you’ve always wanted to know about this glorious but confusing art form. Part 4 Some Opera Highlights for the New 2011-12 Season A “premiere” is, strictly speaking, the first-ever…