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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Prague

Prague Castle from Vltava bank © Eeva | Wikimedia Commons
Prague Castle from Vltava bank
© Eeva | Wikimedia Commons
From the impressive looking Rudolfinum (home to the Czech Philharmonic) to the stunning Estates Theatre Opera House and State Opera there is no shortage of beautiful places to hear music in Prague. Regular concerts and opera take place across the city and this page lets you know where to see classical music and opera in the city of Prague.
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Classical music in Prague: We recommend what to see

The Rudolfinum © David Karlin
In Prague, every street corner has a story, be it Mozart rehearsing Don Giovanni, Beethoven touting for sponsorship, Dvořák’s water goblin or Einstein's violin. It's a city with music running through its heart. With the help of a good map it is a wonderful town to explore by foot or by tram. Check out the best things to see and do in the Czech capitol.
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There are so many amazing sights to look at in Prague, but we have chosen our Top 10 which aren't necessarily the most obvious, but we certainly found very appealing.
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PragueHaydn, Bruch, Adès

Haydn, Bruch, Adès
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Josef Špaček jr; Christianne Stotijn; Simon Keenlyside

PragueMartinů, Schoenberg

Martinů, Schoenberg
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Dame Mitsuko Uchida

PragueMozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn

Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jérémie Rhorer; Alexander Gavrylyuk

PragueCzech National Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Czech National Symphony Orchestra; Petr Altrichter; Pavel Kolesnikov

PragueKodály, Beethoven, Prokofiev

Kodály, Beethoven, Prokofiev
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Behzod Abduraimov
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An uninspired Figaro in Prague

Jiří Hájek (Count Almavira), Jana Šrejma Kačírková (Countess) and Jana Sibera (Susanna) © Patrik Borecký
Tradition and modernity are a mismatch in this uneven production of Mozart’s comic masterpiece.
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Anchors askew in Prague

Štefan Margita	 (Captain Vere) © Patrik Borecký
Invigorating in the pit, Britten’s Billy Budd never gets its sea legs on the National Theatre stage.
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Mahan Esfahani's Prague tribute to Zuzana Růžičková

Mahan Esfahani and Tomáš Jamník © Anežka Horová
Czech harpsichord legend Zuzana Růžičková would have turned 91 on 14 January, making it an ideal night for a tribute concert featuring one of her star pupils, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. As he noted in brief remarks sandwiched between rousing renditions of Bach, “When she died, I lost a great teacher. But this country lost part of its history.

Don Giovanni: Plácido Domingo fulfills a dream in Prague

Plácido Domingo conducts Don Giovanni in Prague © Radovan Šubín
The King of Opera leads an inspired performance commemorating the 230th anniversary of Don Giovanni.
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Season opener heralds a new era for the Czech Philharmonic

Jakub Hrůša © Petra Hajska
Bereft of its guiding light, the orchestra shows resiliency and promise with a familiar face at the podium.
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