In the summer of 2018, the Estates Theatre will host performances of the legendary Don Giovanni production directed by Václav Kašlík, which received its premiere in 1969. The sets, designed by Josef Svoboda, inventively encompass the architectural elements of the auditorium itself, integrating the proscenium boxes as the main component of the scenery, and thus capitalising on the fact that the Estates Theatre was the venue of the world premiere of the “Opera of Operas”. The opening night, on 29 October 1787, was conducted by the composer himself.
The opera will be performed in the original Italian, with Czech and English surtitles.
Duration: 3 hours
The Theatre of the Estates (Stavovské divadlo) is one of the most beautiful historic theatres in Europe. The building was initiated by the enlightened aristocrat František Antonín, Count Nostic Rieneck, who was led by the desire to enhance the city of his birth and improve the souls of his neighbours. The building took less than two years and the theatre was opened in 1783 with the first performance of Gotfried Ephraim Lessing's civic tragedy "Emilia Galotti". Its original name was Hraběcí Nosticovo divadlo - Count Nostic's Theatre. This project - one of extraordinary importance for the Prague of its day - was in accord with the spirit of the end of the 18th century, when national theatres were being built at the European courts, in capital cities and cultural centres in the spirit of the enlightened idea that a theatre open to the general public was a moral institution demonstrating the nation´s cultural level.