A gala concert marking the reopening of the State Opera

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January 1970

On 5 January 2020, the day marking the 132nd anniversary of its first inauguration, the State Opera, one of the most exquisite theatres in Europe, will be reopened following its reconstruction. The gala concert, bearing the secondary title “The State Opera: Transformations in Time (1888–2018)”, will guide the audience through the illustrious history of its four resident opera companies. The arias, ensembles and overtures selected to be performed at the gala concert symbolise the seminal moments of the State Opera building’s history – world and Czech premieres, exceptional productions, celebrated singers, conductors and stage directors, guest appearances of renowned foreign opera houses – as well as Czech history in general.
Under the baton of Karl-Heinz Steffens, the Music Director of the State Opera, the concert will feature distinguished soloists and foreign guests of the National Theatre, and the State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Program and cast


Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture
Richard Wagner: Dich, teure Halle, Elisabeth’s aria (Tannhäuser)
Richard Wagner: In fernem Land, Lohengrin’s aria (Lohengrin)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sola sola in buio loco, sextet (Don Giovanni)
Alexander Zemlinsky: Interlude from the opera Kleider machen Leute
Leoš Janáček: Co chvíla, Kostelnička’s aria (Jenůfa)
Richard Strauss: Final Trio from the opera Der Rosenkavalier
Bedřich Smetana: Finale from the opera The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
Giacomo Puccini: E lucevan le stelle, Cavaradossi’s aria (Tosca)
Bohuslav Martinů: Mirandolina, Saltarello
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Uzh polnoch blizitsa, Lisa’s aria (The Queen of Spades)
Hans Krása: Casta Diva, scene from the opera Verlobung im Traum
Franz Schreker: ln einem Lande ein bleicher König, the Count’s aria (Der ferne Klang)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Finale from the opera Fidelio

Staging and videoprojection: Alice Nellis
Presenter: Pavel Kohout
Dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková

Soloists and guests of the National Theatre Opera
State Opera Chorus, chorus master: Adolf Melichar
State Opera Orchestra, concertmaster: Radovan Šandera

Prague State Opera

The State Opera today


The State Opera (formerly the State Opera Prague, between 1948 and 1992 the Smetana Theatre, and originally the New German Theatre) has been a part of the National Theatre since 2012. The Opera and Ballet ensembles give repertory performances at the State Opera.




The Prague State Opera resides in the building which on January 5, 1888 was opened as a Prague German stage with the performance of Wagner’s opera, The Mastersingers of Nürnberg. In the 19th century, Prague Germans performed in the Estate’s Theater in alternation with a Czech company. Desire for their own theater led to negotiations in 1883 for the construction of a new theater building for the German Theater Association. Over the next three years, a blueprint was drawn up and handed over to the Vienna atelier of Fellner and Hellmer. Also sharing in the design was the architect of the Vienna Municipal Theater, Karl Hasenauer, while Prague architect Alfons Wertmüller took part in the construction. Financing came from private collections. With its spacious auditorium and neo-Rococo decoration, this theater building is among the most beautiful in Europe.




By car

On Wilsonova street, from the left lane close to the State Opera building take the slip road to the Slovan above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.


By tram


By daytime tram No. 11 to the stop “Muzeum”, through the underpass beneath Legerova street in the direction of the NationalMuseum, at the crossroads turn right along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By daytime trams Nos. 3, 9, 14 and 24 or night trams Nos. 51, 52, 54, 55, 56 and 58 to the stop “Václavské náměstí”, then by foot uphill on the left side of the Wenceslas Square to the traffic lights across Wilsonova and Vinohradská streets. Then turn left along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.


By metro

To the “Muzeum” station, lines A and C (green and red), and then by foot along the NewBuilding of the NationalMuseum.

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