Tag: Czech National Opera

‘Going Deep’ in an Opera

‘Going Deep’ in an Opera Getting to the Bottom of an Opera’s Meaning, when the Singers Just Stand and Sing Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisanda revolves around one of the oldest themes in opera and drama: jealousy and remorse. Don’t expect a lot of action on stage, though; in this opera, the real action lies deep. Golaud (sung by Jiří Sulženko), suspects his half-brother Pelléas (Philippe Do), of sleeping with…

Friday, January 13,2012: Lucky Day

Opera’s Lucky Day WeiLong Tao had a tormenting dream as a boy in China: he hoped someday to find work. When he dared dream bigger, he hoped the work would be in a factory. Well, the boy from a village near Shanghai has indeed found successful work: as a tenor singing opera on major stages from California to La Scala — and all over Europe, including on the Czech National…

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…

Monday, January 9, 2011:Fun at the Opera

Fun at the Opera If you missed the premiere of the comic opera Tří Pintové (The Three Pintos), don’t worry. You still have a chance to catch this slightly surreal, highly amusing farce presented on the Czech National Opera stage (at the State Opera House). But what does this little-known opera have to do with pinto beans? English-speakers may ask. The answer is: nothing. Pinto refers to Don Pinto de…

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…