Tag: Rusalka

Thursday, February 23, 2012: Writing on the Wall

The Hand-Writing on the Wall The hand-writing is on the wall: with nearly 20,000 visitors coming through the Antonín Dvořák exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music, the show will go on. The exhibition has been extended through June 3, 2012, a full year since its opening. It was originally scheduled to close next Wednesday. So even with an extra day in February this year, if you haven’t seen the…

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011:Protected Species?

Should Nymphs Be a Protected Species? A Visit to Vysoká I have to admit that I have never been a fan of opera, Czech or any other, which is a wonderful statement to make at the beginning of an article for Opus Osm. There are, however, a few exceptions. I personally am not to blame for this inconsistency, as about ten years ago my anti-operatic prejudices were lured onto the…

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…

Wed., June 22, 2011: Czech Opera Basics

Summer Solstice Series! Summer is here! And to celebrate the season, 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 3 Czech Opera (Starter Kit) Love is at…