Pre-premiere matinee to introduce operas

THE OPERA of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) plans to introduce new operas before they are actually premiered on the stage. Before each premiere, the SND Opera will hold a so-called pre-premiere matinee, which will look closely at the history and development of the work.

THE OPERA of the Slovak National Theatre (SND) plans to introduce new operas before they are actually premiered on the stage. Before each premiere, the SND Opera will hold a so-called pre-premiere matinee, which will look closely at the history and development of the work.

"By this matinee, the SND Opera plans to start a new tradition offering unique meetings with artists, narrations, interesting information, and audio and photographic documents from the history of the staged works, including that of its previous versions at this theatre," said the SND's press secretary, Pavol Smolík.

The first such matinee will present Leoš Janáček's opera Káťa Kabanová. The event will be led by leading Slovak opera expert Jaroslav Blaho, whose guests will be the producers of the performance, as well as current and past interpreters of Janáček's operas. The event will also feature live and prerecorded music from the composer's body of work. The matinee starts at 10:30 on September 28 at the SND building at Hviezdoslavov Square.

The opera, Káťa Kabanová, will premiere on October 4.

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