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    Narodni divadlo

    by Pupa Written Feb 16, 2005

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    Narodni Divadlo

    A neo-renaissance building erected in 1868-1881as a result of a vast national collection (architect J. Zitek). Reopened in 1883 after a fire (architect J. Schulz). The outside and inside decoration was completed by the artists of the national theatre generation. The National theatre is the outstanding Czech stage and its repertoire consists of drama, opera and ballet performances.

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    Estates Theatre

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    balconyof the Estates Theatre

    A must for Mozart fans is the neo classical elegance of the Stavovske Divadlo - the Estates Theatre. Historically Prague's most important theatre - notably forthat Mozart's opera Don Giovanni had its debut here 29th Oct 1787 with Mozart himself at the piano conducting the orchestra.
    The building has twin Corinthian columns flanking its portico but I also like the balcony on its sides. The interior has 5 tiers of boxes in a U-shape. Marvellous atmospheres for operas I should imagine.

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    National Theatre

    by sandysmith Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    National Theatre from  Charles Bridge

    The National Theatre is the landmark building along the Vltava embankment with is huge yellow dome - wonderfully lit up at night too.
    This theatre was paid for by the czech people - they do love the theatre and has a grand interior apparently with its paintings and sculptures - unfortunately we didn't get around to seeing that.

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    The national theatre

    by LanaFromRiga Written May 1, 2006

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    The national theatre (Narodni divadlo) is the most popular sight of the Nacional prospect. This most beautiful view to the teatre is from Hradchany region (the opposite bank of Vltava). Many times theatre burned, finally it was reconstructed on 1977-1983.

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    Proudness of Czech Nation

    by JustPerfect Written Feb 22, 2006

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    National Theatre has been build by Czech nation, because we did not have a theatre where we were aloud to play czech oper or other exhibitions, anythink has been in german and czech language has been almost dead.
    There were small boxes for colecting money cruising through the nation and anybody gave in, what he could.
    The destiny was to build a nicer theatre as the Estate theatre.
    If you stole something of this box, the penalty was dead.

    On the and we builded National Thatre on the riverside of Prague with 27kg gold on the roof. And we are stil proud of it.

    If you go there, never wear jeans, allways take your best clothes. It is like a slap into czech face if you don't respect our culture.
    Believe me there are alot of tourist, who don't know what to wear in Theatre and we hate that...

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    Donizetti's Nápoj lásky

    by Nemorino Updated Apr 18, 2012

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    1. Bows at the end of N��poj l��sky
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    The opera I saw at the National Theater in Prague was none other than Nápoj lásky by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), sung in the original Italian with Czech and English surtitles.

    This is a comic opera, better known in Italian as L'elisir d'amore and in English as The elixir of love, which I have seen numerous times over the past few years in Frankfurt am Main, Vienna, Darmstadt, Gießen, Halle, Heidelberg and Paris -- and now in Prague.

    Nemorino in this opera is a guy who does everything wrong but gets the girl anyway, which is more or less the story of my life up to now, so I decided that his name would be an appropriate member-name for me here on VirtualTourist.

    An original twist in the Prague production was that the stage director Simone Sandroni introduced a male dancer as the assistant and sidekick of the quack doctor Dulcamara. In the first act there is a fast and funny monologue in which Dulcamara gives a sales pitch to the gullible villagers, praising his wonderful elixir and listing all the ailments he says it will cure -- and his sidekick illustrates this by dancing all the ailments that Dulcamara mentions, such as apoplexy, asthma, asphyxia, hysteria, diabetes, earache, scrofula, rickets and liver disease.

    Second photo: Thanking the orchestra. From left to right: dancer Zdenek Horváth, tenor Aleš Briscein as Nemorino, conductor David Švec, soprano Kateřina Kněžíková as Adina, bass Roman Astakhov as Dulcamara, baritone Svatopluk Sem as Belcore and soprano Alžběta Poláčková as Giannetta.

    Third photo: Kateřina Kněžíková applauding the chorus.

    Fourth photo: The poster advertising Nápoj lásky, with Kateřina Kněžíková on the motor scooter and Aleš Briscein behind her.

    Update 2012: Aleš Briscein has recently sung several times at the Frankfurt Opera in a Czech-language production of The Makropulos Case by Leoš Janáček (1854-1928).

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    Dont mention Macbeth !!!

    by neilward Written Mar 6, 2004

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    This magnificent building was just days from opening when the whole place was gutted by a fire,but just 6 weeks later enough money was raised to rebuild it.Two years later it reopend.
    In the late 70s early 80sthe theatre was restored and the new stage was built by Karel Prager.(Which from the outside is an awful looking creation)but I am assured inside its lovely.

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    Opera building

    by chbuchie Updated Sep 27, 2006

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    Both the architecture as the decoration inside look great, whereas the big stage cover displays a part of the history of this theatre, which was totally burnt just weeks before its opening in 1881. Finally it was opened in 1883.

    We saw the Onegin ballet on Premiere Night, which was cool although this was my first and I'm more used to football games or movies, so if you read this any time soon while the ink is still fresh you might have a look at it yourself, enjoy !

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    The National Theatre

    by RhineRoll Written Sep 19, 2004

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    The National Theatre is another Prague architectural landmark. It dates from the second half of the 19th century when many influential citizens demanded to have National Czech institutions as symbolic reinforcements of Czech National identity. There are drama, ballet and opera performances in the beautiful monumental building and its adjoining modern venues.

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    National Theatre

    by vesna04 Written Oct 5, 2005

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    Completely burned in 1881, not long after the opening, but rebuilt only two years later. It is fantastic structure richly decorated and is a home of various perfomances in czech as well as in the foreign languages.

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    In the National Theater (Národní divadlo)

    by Nemorino Updated Jun 3, 2011

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    1. In the National Theater
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    When the enlarged National Theater was re-opened in 1883, it had the most advanced technical equipment of the time, including electric illumination and a steel-frame stage. It was used without any extensive modifications for nearly a century. The next and so far only major overhaul finally took place from 1977 to 1983.

    This is now one of the three main opera venues in Prague, the other two being the State Opera and the Estates Theater.

    Second photo: The frieze above the proscenium arch, with the slogan "Narod sobe", meaning "Nation unto itself", which I assume expressed the desire of the Czechs to have an independent state, instead of being part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Third photo: Seating in the National Theater.

    Fourth photo: The elaborately painted foyer at the level of the first balcony.

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    National Theatre

    by Raimix Updated Jan 31, 2010

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    National theatre building had a sad history. It was constructed for a long time, from 1868 till 1881 in neo – Renaissance style. It was working not for so long, as in the same year fire badly damaged building, and it needed quick reconstruction. Money was gathered in the way of public donation and in 1883 it started working again. Famous Czech composer’s Smetana opera “Libuse” was the first to be performed in National theatre.

    Architect of this building was Josef Schulz, he mixed three buildings to create one. I recommend gazing at National theatre from nearby Vltava bridge, especially at dark time.

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    The National Theater (Národní divadlo)

    by Nemorino Updated May 19, 2013

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    1. National Theater from the castle
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    The National Theater has a great location right on the Moldau (Vltava) River near the center of Prague at the end of the Legií most (Legion Bridge), just one bridge upstream from the Charles Bridge.

    This theater was called the National Theater even before there was a nation to go with it. It was built in the 19th century, when this part of the world belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was intended from the start to be "the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for its national identity and independence," as the theater's website still proclaims.

    Above all, this National (Czech) Theater was intended to be grander and more resplendent and more modern than the older German theater (now the Estates Theater), which had been built a century earlier.

    Eleven days after its inauguration in 1881, the National Theater caught fire and was badly damaged (fourth photo), so it was completely re-built (and enlarged) over the next two years and was re-inaugurated in 1883.

    Second photo: National Theater from the Slavic Island (slovanský ostrov). The reason it looks so much lighter in the photo is that the older not-yet-cleaned parts are hidden. (Also the evening sunlight brightens it up a bit.)

    Third photo: National Theater from National Street (Národní).

    Fourth photo: The National Theater burning on August 12, 1881 (picture on display at the Smetena Museum).

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    national threatre

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    national theatre

    this beautiful neo-reniassance building is a famous landmark in prague. located on the vltava it is one of the largest buildings in the historic part of central prague. construction on the national theatre began in 1868 but it was gutted by fire in 1881 and was not finished until 1883. the roof of the building has a number of statues representing the arts sculpted by antonin wagner.

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    national theatre

    by doug48 Written Jun 20, 2008

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    interior of the national theatre

    pictured is the ornate interior of the national theatre. besure to take a look inside when passing the threatre. not always open to the public but the day i was there i got lucky. of course you can attend a performace at the theatre. see their website for info.

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