Tag: Don Giovanni

Other Side of the Curtain

What Really Goes On Behind the Curtain When a Former Opera Singer Takes the Stage — as a Castle Concert Organizer? Enchanted Evenings By Elizabeth Haas The connection between setting and repertoire can be powerful: La Traviata at the amphitheater in Verona. Tosca lakeside at Bregenz. Don Giovanni at Průhonice Zámek? Indeed, the recent gala opera concert at Průhonice’s medieval castle complex, a stone’s toss from Prague, joins the Continental…

Wed, June 29, 2011: Enchanted Evenings

For you and your family, it’s a pleasant summer evening’s entertainment — music, drama, top stars — all in the romantic setting of a castle courtyard or castle park. But what’s it like to organize an open-air opera or opera highlights when you have to choose the right location, round up the opera singers … and hope it doesn’t rain? Elizabeth Haas takes a peek backstage for a chat with…

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…

The Many Names for ‘Mozart’s Theatre’

Question: Where are the strictest usherettes in Prague, and why? Answer: In the theatre of the Estates (Stavovské Divadlo) on Prague’s Ovocny Trh (Fruit Market street). The reason is simple: the floors inside Prague’s oldest theatre are made of wood. “The stage and the auditorium have been reconstructed many times, but the building around them is still made of the original wooden beams and boards, and during a performance you…