Smetana XL

8.6.-7.7. 2024
66th Smetana's Litomyšl
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In the year of the bicentenary of Bedřich Smetana’s birth, Smetana’s Litomyšl presents a complete series of the composer’s operas. Take the opportunity to buy them as part of a discounted package!

The Smetana XL package offers all 8 of Smetana’s operas performed by all our national theatres – the National Theatre Prague, the National Theatre Brno in co-production with the Welsh National Opera and the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre. The Czech Philharmonic with Jakub Hrůša and Kateřina Kněžíková will present a concert version of Libuše.

The Two Widows Thu 13.6. / Moravian-Silesian National Theatre

A comic opera of two acts to a libretto by Emanuel František Züngel.

The fifth opera was composed by Bedřich Smetana in 1873-74. The premiere took place at the Provisional Theatre just 150 years ago, on 27<sup>th</sup> March 1874 under the baton of the composer. The Two Widows was performed twice in the first opera year of Smetana's Litomyšl in 1949.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Karolína - Lada Bočková
Anežka - Veronika Rovná
Mumlal - František Zahradníček


Moravian-Silesian National Theatre
Conductor Marek Šedivý
Directed by Rocc
The Brandenburgers in Bohemia Fri 14.6. / Moravian-Silesian National Theatre

Historical opera of three acts, libretto by Karel Sabina.

Smetana's operatic debut from 1862-63 premiered at the Provisional Theatre on 5th January 1866. This production was staged at Smetana's Litomyšl on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the premiere on 18th June 2016.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Jan Tausendmark - Martin Bárta
Ludiše - Tamara Morozova / Veronika Rovná
Junoš - Martin Gyimesi / Martin Javorský
Jíra - Luciano Mastro / Gianluca Zampieri

Moravian-Silesian National Theatre
Conductor Jakub Klecker
Directed by Jiří Nekvasil
The Devil’s Wall Sat 15.6. / Moravian-Silesian National Theatre

Comic-romantic opera in three acts to a libretto by Eliška Krásnohorská.

The Devil's Wall is the last completed musical-dramatic work by the Litomyšl native. It premiered on 29th October 1882 at the Provisional Theatre under the baton of Adolf Čech and this production of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre Ostrava was performed at Smetana's Litomyšl Festival also in the Year of Czech Music 2014.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Vok Vítkovic - Martin Bárta / Jiří Brückler
Beneš - Martin Gurbaľ / Josef Škarka
Hedvika - Veronika Rovná / Lívia Obručník Vénosová
Rarach - Miloš Horák / František Zahradníček

Moravian-Silesian National Theatre
Conductor Marek Šedivý
Directed by Jiří Nekvasil
Libuše - Kněžíková
& Hrůša & Czech Philharmonic
Sun 16.6. / the concert performance

The concert performance of Smetana's opera is the main and most festive point of the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of Czech classical music at the festival that bears his name. A production of an iconic opera specially for Smetana's birthplace.

The author composed the work as a historical tableau as early as 1872, but it was not premiered until the opening of the National Theatre on 11. June 1881.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Libuše - Kateřina Kněžíková
Přemysl - Adam Plachetka
Alžběta Poláčková - Krasava
Václava Krejčí Housková - Radmila
Martin Bárta - Chrudoš
Richard Samek - Šťáhlav
Jiří Brückler - Radovan
Jan Št'áva - Lutobor
Reapers - Eva Esterková, Tamara Morozová,
Jarmila Vantuchová, Martin Šrejma

Prague Philharmonic Choir
Choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek
Czech Philharmonic, partner orchestra of the Smetana's Litomyšl National Festival
Conductor Jakub Hrůša, principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Ambassador of the Year of Czech Music, patron of the "Smetana200" project

The Secret Sat 22.6. / National Theatre Prague

The new production (premiered on 24 May 2024) of Smetana's penultimate opera to a libretto by Eliška Krásnohorská was directed by Ondřej Havelka, a director with an excellent sense of musical theatre, stage humour and visually compelling storytelling.

The Secret, one of his most beautiful operas, was written in 1877 by a completely deaf composer. The premiere took place at the New Czech Theatre on 18th September 1878 under the baton of Adolf Čech.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Kalina - Adam Plachetka
Malina - Zdeněk Plech
Blaženka - Jana Sibera
Vít - Aleš Briscein

Ensemble of the Opera of the National Theatre Prague
Conductor Jan Chalupecký
Directed by Ondřej Havelka
Dalibor Fri 28.6. / National Theatre Brno

This drama about the desire for revenge, amorous passion and political intrigue is an extraordinary work to which it is not easy to find the key. British director David Pountney is one of the great admirers and promoters of Czech opera, who can bring a view that reveals the deepest layers of human drama.

Bedřich Smetana composed his third opera in 1866-67 and 16. On May 1868, he presided over its gala premiere at the New Town Theatre on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the National Theatre.

Co-production with Welsh National Opera.

Presented in Czech with Czech, English and German surtitles.

Vladislav - Svatopluk Sem
Dalibor - Peter Berger
Milada - Csilla Boross
Budivoj - Daniel Kfelíř
Beneš - David Szendiuch
Vítek - Ondřej Koplík
Jitka - Jana Šrejma Kačírková

Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno
Conductor Tomáš Hanus
Directed by David Pountney
The Bartered Bride Sat 29.6. / National Theatre Brno

The most popular Czech opera in a new stage adaptation for the Smetana's Litomyšl National Festival is also the most frequently performed festival title. Bedřich Smetana composed it to a libretto by Karel Sabina in 1863-66; premiered on 30th May 1866 at the Provisional Theatre. Although "Prodanka" was an immediate success, the author repeatedly revised it until the final 4th version from 1870.

Presented in Czech with Czech, English and German surtitles.

Mařenka - Jana Šrejma Kačírková
Jeník - Aleš Briscein
Kecal - Jan Št'áva
Vašek - Ondřej Koplík
Esmeralda - Eva Esterková
Principal - Martin Zbrožek
Krušina - Jakub Tolaš
Ludmila - Jitka Zerhauová
Mícha - David Nykl
Háta - Jana Hrochová
Indian - Tadeáš Hoza

Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno
Conductor Jakub Klecker
Directed by Ondřej Havelka
The Kiss Tue 2.7. / Slovak National Theatre Bratislava

The new production of the poetic opera to a libretto by Eliška Krásnohorská is a tribute by the Opera of the Slovak National Theatre Bratislava, which started its activity with this title in 1920, to the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The Kiss is the first opera that Bedřich Smetana composed in 1875-76 completely deaf. On premiere at the Provisional Theatre on 7th November 1876 he could not hear the cheers of the audience, so people shared their enthusiams by waving white scarves for him. Hubička is the third most frequently performed Czech opera after The Bartered Bride and Rusalka.

Presented in Czech with Czech and English surtitles.

Vendulka - Mária Porubčinová
Lukáš - Tomáš Juhás
Father Paloucký - Jozef Benci
Barče - Mariana Sajko
Tomáš - Daniel Čapkovič
Martinka - Tereza Kružliaková
Matouš - Jiří Přibyl
Officer - Robert Remeselnik

Opera of the Slovak National Theatre Bratislava
Conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink
Directed by Andrea Hlinková

venue / Festival Hall

The multifunctional hall was nominated for the European Union's Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture in 2007.

More on venue Festival Hall

tickets

presale from 27th 4.

Basic price of a set of tickets
10,920 / 9,320 / 8,520 / 7,720 CZK

Price with 20% package discount
8,740 / 7,460 / 6,820 / 6,180 CZK

Savings: 1,544-2,184 CZK

frequently asked questions

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Can I share tickets?

Yes – each show has its own ticket. Donating package tickets to loved ones is possible, even desirable :-).

Packages can only be purchased online?

Yes – packages cannot be purchased at information centres or over the phone. The information line +420 461 049 232 can help you with your online purchase.

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