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Libuše

Bedřich Smetana

The celebratory opera by Bedřich Smetana was composed for the opening of the National Theatre in Prague and it has become the most significant Czech celebratory opera.

  • Stage New Theatre
  • Premiere Saturday, 09 May 2015
  • Age Category For everyone
  • Musical arrangement and Conducted by:
    Oliver Dohnányi
    Directed by:
    Martin Otava,
    Tomáš Ondřej Pilař
    Stage Design:
    Daniel Dvořák
    Costume:
    Tomáš Ondřej Pilař
    Stage Projection:
    Petr Hloušek
    Script Editor:
    Zbyněk Brabec
    Choirmaster:
    Trvtko Karlovič
    2nd Conductor:
    Jiří Štrunc
    Assistant director:
    Jakub Hliněnský
    Musical preparation:
    Martin Marek,
    Jan Snítil
    Stage manager:
    Petra Tolašová
    Prompter:
    Helena Tomanová

The celebratory opera by Bedřich Smetana was composed for the opening of the National Theatre in Prague and it has become the most significant Czech celebratory opera. It culminates in a scene when the princess Libuše predicts significant events in the Czech history and closes her prophecy with the words "the dear Czech nation will not perish, it will overcome the horrors of hell'.

Directors Martin Otava and Tomáš Pilař emphasised the themes of myths, rituals and historical dubiousness in their approach. This production presents the most complex use of the stage technology at the New Theatre to date.

Premiere on 9 May 2015 at the New Theatre.