… that classical music, opera, and ballet performances must be expensive?
– Tickets for most Prague performances can be purchased at a large range of prices, starting at less than 300 Czech crowns (roughly $15 or about 15 euros) or even less! For example, The Prague Conservatory, The Academy of Music (HAMU), The Czech Museum of Music, and The Atrium in Žižkov all present quality performances at one set price, usually less than 250 crowns, and often, free of charge.
… that performances are always held on weekday nights?
– Many performance groups offer shows at various times. For example, The Czech Chamber Music Society (Český Spolek pro Komorní Hudbu, ČSKH), offers several concerts at 5:30 pm on Wednesdays, and at 10:30 am on Saturdays. The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symfonický Orchestr Českého Rozhlasu, SOČR), holds open public rehearsals at 9:30 am Mondays for that evening’s concert.
… that you need special clothes to go to a performance?
– Performers disagree on this point. Some say, ‘We don’t care what you wear, just come to our concerts!’ whereas others feel that dressing up shows respect for the art and the artist. All agree that ragged shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate. Beyond that, you can wear anything from sweater-and-slacks to suit-and-tie and fit right in.
… that you would feel uncomfortable or embarrassed because you haven’t been to many performances?
– Start with the easy stuff first. Most orchestras, The Czech National Ballet, The State Opera, and many others offer special programs and schedule performances specifically for families. You might be surprised how much fun they can be!
Performances — even ballet and opera — don’t necessarily have to be serious and tragic. Look for contemporary dance and comic operas, or ‘pop classic’ concerts. Most orchestras also include concerts of favorite film music, too.
So if you think …
… that you might enjoy Czech classical music, opera, and ballet … you’re right!