FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD

THE PRAGUE NATIONAL THEATRE OPERA

About performance

A three-act opera performed in Czech.

Leoš Janáček's opera inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel Notes from the House of the Dead. The writer's own experience of political prisoners in the Siberian penal colony with a wide variety of people convicted of the worst crimes were written into the piece. Janáček this time abandoned the inspiration of big female dramatic characters and withdrew into the world of male "crime and punishment". From the metaphor "the House of the Dead" Janáček’s strange and almost anti dramatic conception of the opera is born. Life in the camp is indeed richly rendered very realistically, but all this is just an ordinary scene, still a recurrent and upsetting ritual pretence of life. In reality however, the prisoners only perceive their past as their legal existence - and almost obsessively they return to it in their appalling memories to be sure that they are still alive.

The opera is staged in Russian with Czech and English subtitles.

Running time: 2 hrs 15 mins with one interval

Production team

Musical director, conductor: Robert Jindra  
Directed by Daniel Špinar
Set Lucia Škandíková
Costumes Iva Němcová
Lighting design Martin Špetlík
Choirmasters Martin Buchta, Miriam Němcová
Choreography Radim Vizváry
Dramaturge Ondřej Hučín

Cast

Aljeja Michal Bragagnolo
Filka Morozov, Drunk Prisoner Štefan Margita
Young Prisoner, Veselý, Čerevin Václav Lemberk
Small Prisoner, Smith Pavel Švingr
Placmajor, Abbe Jevhen Šokalo
Old Prisoner Jan Markvart
Skuratov, Voice, Big Prisoner Josef Moravec
Don Juan, Brahmin, Čekunov Jiří Brückler
Cook Karel Drábek
Bitch Štěpán Eliáš
Šapkin, Kedril Ondrej Šaling
Šiškov Pavol Remenár
Guard Jiří Hruška
Gorjančikov František Zahradníček
Dancer Jana Vránová

Ticket prices Buy tickets

1.Category 20 €
2.Category 15 €
3.Category 10 €
4.Category 5 €
Student, pensioner, ISIC, ITIC, Euro 26 50% (selected rows)
Disabled, Disabled Assistant --
---