Ostrava, August 24, 2020 – Ostrava is the only place in the Czech Republic which hosts a festival of opera performances in both world and Czech premieres. Coming up next week on the weekend of 28-30 August, 2020, five opera performances will be showcased in theaters and in the Hlubina Mine. Most of them will be streamed online.
NODO 2020 will present the world premiere of the opera debut of Marek Keprt, the work of the tandem Michal Rataj and Katharina Schmitt, the scenic monodrama of Richard Ayres, the Czech premiere of a purely vocal opera by Ana Sokolović and the multi-genre opera of Miro Tóth. On Friday and Sunday, the festival will occupy both buildings of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and on Saturday it will move to Lower Vítkovice. We will welcome artists from Europe and from various corners of the Czech Republic in Ostrava. The international Ostravská banda orchestra will take on the role of the opera orchestra.
Based on the unpredictable decisions of the Regional Hygiene Station in the Moravian-Silesian Region and due to the travel limitations imposed on the audiences from abroad, the NODO production team has decided to stream selected operas live – the technical equipment of Antonín Dvořák Theatre and Jiří Myron Theatre will make it possible to screen the operas of Marek Keprt (August 28, 6:30pm), Ana Sokolović (Aug, 30, 6:30pm) and Richard Ayres (August, 30, 6:30pm). You will be able to watch these operas live on the Facebook page of Ostrava Center for New Music and also on its YouTube channel.
The author of opera Hibiki, Hibiki, vzhmoť! Marek Keprt states: Like most works of contemporary music theatre, Hibiki is not an opera in the traditional sense of the word. There is no classical libretto here, which music would follow. It is rather a theatre of interactions of various elements which react to one another in different ratios and switch their hierarchies. The ongoing “degustation” sounds such as smacking, smelling or swallowing, where the sound element, which is devoid of any verbal message, comes to the fore, represent a special category in its own right. The audience only gets to know at the end why these unconventional sounds were chosen and what they refer to… By the way, Hibiki is a premium Japanese whisky. The very word “hibiki” in Japanese means “echo” or “resonance”. Sound, taste, smell, touch and space – all have their harmonies, echos, resonance. So let us be entWined by them... Marek Keprt.
Composer Michal Rataj says about his opera A Study of Aphasia that for him it is the gate to the world of music theatre:“Personally, the most precious thing about this project is the fact that it is happening at the intersection of our common radio and theatre endeavors with Katharina Schmitt, my long-term works as a composer of film music and also as the author of concert compositions with live electronics and surround sound. It is a common search for a theatrical language which oscillates between the expected...”You will be given the opportunity to see the opera of Michal Rataj and Katharina Schmitton Saturday, August 29 at 6:30pm at the BrickHouse in Lower Vítkovice. The performance will be recorded by the Czech Television. One more quote follows: “Music of the a capella opera Wedding is extremely interesting, fiery, Balkan, partly folklore, but still modern, demanding, gripping and offers plenty of movement in the vocal parts. It is therefore very theatrical, dramatic and it is very joyful to rehearse” stated choirmaster Yurii Galatenko in an interview with Czech Radio Vltava. He happens to be the one rehearsing the extremely difficult vocal parts of Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolović with six singers of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre.
Please find attached the full program of the festival. We are also providing the link to the Ostravan magazine which recently featured an interview on the topic of NODO 2020.
Our mission is to initiate the creation of the music of today and to present it to the public. These are new works which have not been tested by time yet, which exude energy and vitality of artists' efforts and which strive to attain “beauty”. Artistic director of Ostrava Center for New Music Petr Kotík meditates on the fulfillment of this mission:
“'Beauty' is the economy of frugality. That which is beautiful does not have a single trace of superfluity – we will not find anything in it that would not pertain to it. It does not contain a single, even the smallest part, which would not be necessary. Avoiding such useless elements lies in the essence of every creative process (the reason why imitations fail is precisely because they are useless).The inability to economize transforms art production into kitsch. Kitsch is a decoration overflowing with useless elements and is often admired as an expression of beauty. And it is precisely this type of 'beauty’ that initially produces in the real artwork the impression of 'ugliness'.”
NODO 2020 Festival Passes and Tickets:
Tickets are available online through the GoOut network.
FESTIVAL PASS: 650/350 CZK* (available here)
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS (no discount option): 200 CZK
* The discount for ISIC/ITIC holders (students, teachers), ZTP/P (severe health disability) card holders and seniors is provided only for the festival pass valid for all festival events.
The NODO/New Opera Days Ostrava festival is organized with the support of the Statutory City of Ostrava, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Moravian-Silesian Region and Czech-German Future Fund and thanks to other institutions, foundations and the support from the private sector. We thank Mr. Libor Winkler for his continuous generous support of Ostrava Center for New Music. The main media partner of the festival is Czech Radio Vltava, the general media partner is Czech Television. NODO/New Opera Days Ostrava 2020 is co-produced by Ostrava Center for New Music and the National Moravian Silesian Theatre in cooperation with Lower Vítkovice. Additional information are available on our website http://www.newmusicostrava.cz/en/ and on our facebook.
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