Masarykovo nadrazi train station in Prague is not exactly the most poetic of places. You hardly raise your eyes to admire the beauty of the grand Empire-style building from the times of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. You rather watch your step and try to get on your train or out of the station as quickly as possible in order to escape the noise of the slot machines from the bars, loud pop music from the cheap eateries and the looks of the people who usually hang around railway stations in big cities. But for a couple of days in July, the central
Czech theatre buffs and visitors to Prague are in for a treat. The Czech capital is currently hosting a marathon of cutting-edge theatre from around the world -and there's something in it for everyone. The Prague Fringe Festival - which was a huge success last summer - is back with an exciting array of high quality theatre productions - non-verbal shows, plays in Czech, English, and French as well as shows for children. Fringe Festival director Steven Gove explains why he thought Prague was a good venue for an international theatre festival.
The National Theatre, next to the National Museum, is the biggest and most famous cultural institution in the Czech Republic and a trip to Prague would not be complete without an opera, ballet or theatre performance as good quality entertainment is guaranteed. But to offer some variety to its visitors, the National Theatre has decided to turn to something more contemporary and feature an opera based on a sport that is close to many Czechs' hearts - ice hockey.
This Saturday, March 15, London's Opera Up Close company is holding the premiere of their production of "the Kaiser of Atlantis" ("Der Kaiser von Atlantis"), which was written by Viktor Ullmann with a libretto by Petr Kein. A Vienna-born Jew, Viktor Ullmann later took Czech nationality, and was already well-known as a composer before being sent to Terezin concentration camp in September 1942. It was there - in the most incredible circumstances - that he wrote "the Kaiser of Atlantis", before meeting his death in Auschwitz in October 1944. When
Prague's Stavovske Divadlo, or Estate Theatre, was host to an unusual performance recently that is part of the Pounding on the Iron Curtain project. This project, which was launched in the State Opera Prague last season and is now to be continued in the Estate Theatre, aims at giving the new generation of talented composers a new taste for opera and a chance to perform their work before a large audience. The first such performance was the world premier of "Priceless Arias", supported by the Guarded Parnass grouping that promotes contemporary art in
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