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Performer: Prague State Opera Orchestra

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PragueGala Concert for the Reopening of the Prague State Opera

Wagner, Lehár, Mozart, Janáček, Zemlinsky, Strauss R., Smetana, Puccini, Martinů, Tchaikovsky, Schreker, Beethoven
Prague State Opera Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Prague State Opera Chorus
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Unbearable injustice: Prague State Opera's hard-hitting Butterfly

Olga Busuoic (Cio Cio San) © Hana Smejkalová
Jiři Herman’s staging is authentically Japanese and focuses on the deliberate injustice of Butterfly's treatment, with strong performances in the lead roles.
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Lolita in Prague: a bold foray into forbidden love

Pelageya Kurennaya (Lolita) © Patrik Borecký
The National Theater opens the season with Rodion Shchedrin's searing version of Lolita, with spectacularly disturbing results.
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Less than fascinating: Wagner-lite in Prague

Andreas Schager © Národní divadlo
In this new distillation of The Ring, more is less.
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A beautiful but lifeless Nabucco in Prague

Martin Bárta (Nabucco) © Patrik Borecký
José Cura shines as a designer but brings surprisingly little staging expertise to his latest directorial effort.
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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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A too-real Tosca from Arnaud Bernard in Prague

A political makeover of Puccini's verismo classic backfires.
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