The First Biennial New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO)

Publikováno: 21.5.2012

JUNE 24-26, 2012

In partnership with Wuppertaler Bühnen

World Premiere of František Chaloupka's Eva and Lilith
Czech Premiere of John Cage's Europera 5
Salvatore Sciarrino’s Infinito nero and La porta della legge

From Sunday, June 24 to Tuesday, June 26, the first biennial New Opera Days Ostrava (NODO) will take place in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The program will feature the Czech Premiere of John Cage's last opera, Europera 5; the revival of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino's masterpieces La porta della legge, and Infinito Nero, and the World Premiere of Czech composer František Chaloupka's Eva and Lilith -- a new opera commissioned by the Ostrava Center for New Music (OCNM). Produced and organized by OCNM in collaboration with the Opera House of the National Moravian-Silesian Theater, NODO will take place at the Antonín Dvořák Theater (the Ostrava opera house), and the Jiří Myron Theater (the main venue for dramatic theatre and light opera in Ostrava).

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 7:30 p.m.
Dvořák Theater, Ostrava
John Cage: Europera 5
Andrew Culver, Director
Martha Herr, Katalin Károlyi, Sopranos; Alexandr Starý, Piano

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Jiří Myron Theatre, Ostrava
Salvatore Sciarrino: Infinito nero
Katalin Károlyi, Soprano; Petr Kotík, Conductor; Ostravská banda

Jiří Nekvasil, David Bazika, Stage Directors

František Chaloupka: Eva and Lilith (a NODO commission)
Lucie Vítková, Lucie Páchová, Voice; Dunami Ensemble
Jiří Nekvasil, David Bazika, Stage Directors

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 p.m.

Dvořák Theater, Ostrava
Salvatore Sciarrino: La porta della legge in cooperation with Wuppertaler Bühnen
Petr Kotík, Conductor; Johannes Weigand, Director;
Gerson Sales, Countertenor; John Janssen, Baritone; Martin Js. Ohu, Bass; Ostravská banda
Jürgen Lier, Scene and Costumes

John Cage's Europera 5 (1991) will be directed by the composer's former assistant, Andrew Culver. The singers will include the American soprano Martha Herr, who performed the premiere, staged by Cage on May 21, 1991 in Amsterdam. Europera 5 was the composer’s last and most portable opera. It is a collage scored for two singers, each singing five arias of their own choosing from the standard opera repertoire; a pianist playing six different opera transcriptions; a Victrola player playing six historical opera recordings; a performer playing a pre-recorded tape; a radio and a silent television.

Ecstasy is the subject of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Infinito nero (Black Infinity), a half hour-long monodrama for voice and eight instruments. The work is based on the vision of a 16th Century mystic, Saint Maria Maddalena de'Pazzi (1566-1067). It will be sung by the mezzo-soprano Katalin Károlyi, for whom Györgi Ligeti composed his last pieces, Sippal, dobbal, and nadihegedüvel.

Salvatore Sciarrino’s La porta della legge (2009) was originally commissioned by the Wuppertal Opera. For this Czech premiere production, OCNM is collaborating with Wuppertal, using the singers and staging from the world premiere performance. The libretto of the opera is based on an excerpt from “The Trial” by Franz Kafka. Ostravská banda, under the direction of Petr Kotik, will perform both pieces by Sciarrino.

František Chaloupka will introduce his new opera Eva and Lilith, which will be fully staged by Ostrava Opera House under the direction of Jiří Nekvasil and David Bazika. It will be performed by Mr. Chaloupka’s group, the Dunami Ensemble.

Tickets 140,- CZK

Festival Pass 300,- CZK

For more information and to make press reservation, please contact:
Radka Dalová, cell phone:
+420 733 706 010, e-mail:

NODO Festival is made possible by the generous support from the City of Ostrava, Petr Kajnar, Mayor, Zdeněk Bakala Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, ČEZ Foundation, Czech-German Fund for the Future, Moravian-Silesian Region, USA Embassy in Prague, Moravská Ostrava and Přívoz Borough, Život umělce Foundation, Student Agency, Rengl. Media partners include Czech Radio Ostrava, Czech Radio 3 – Vltava, Host Magazine, HIS Voice magazine, Harmonie magazine, Respekt weekly, Hudební život magazine



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