For lovers of classical music and opera, there is possibly no better destination in Europe than Prague. The capital of the Czech republic has a year-long calendar of concerts and recitals, performed in the gorgeous art nouveau and baroque churches and theatres the city is renowned for.
The most famous of these is the Národní divadlo, or National Theatre. This giant early neo-Renaissance edifice embodies Czech identity and national pride. Built (and then re-built) with public donations during a time of cultural and political repression, the laying of its foundation stone was celebrated as the birth of a nation, and today the Národní divadlo is seen as the alma mater of the Czech Republic.
The National Theatre’s Opera Ensemble repertoire ranges from classical such as ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Cosi fan tutte’ to ‘Tomorrow There Will Be’, an opera based on the life of Dr. Milada Horáková, a Czech politician executed by the communists. If scheduled, don’t miss a performance of ‘Libuše’. This opera by Bedřich Smetana christened the National Theatre and is seen as the ultimate musical expression of patriotic sentiment.
But visiting opera buffs need not just limit themselves to one performance. In keeping with the National Theatre’s democratic spirit, tickets can be picked up for as little as CZK 50 (about €2) For information on how to buy them, see: www.narodni-divadlo.cz
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