The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre
celebrated its 100th anniversary
by winning two Thalia Awards
The 101st season has begun at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre this year. The theatre,
consisting of four artistic ensembles and performing on three permanent stages, is the biggest
cultural institution in Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian region. The historical Antonín Dvořák
Theatre building is home to opera, but the audience may also see drama or ballet there as well. The
reconstructed Jiří Myron Theatre is home to operetta/musical ensemble. In addition, drama plays
and modern ballets are performed there too. The reconstruction allows for the creation of a new
chamber Theatre “12” for 60 people - where drama plays, operas and musicals are introduced.
The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre is popular
here in the region, and moreover, theatre troupes give
performances on other Czech and foreign stages as well
as at festivals.
The artists of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre
receive prestigious awards on a regular basis. The Thalia
Awards jury awarded two awards from four nominations
to our theatre in October 2019.
Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková won the admiration of the
jury as the titular femme fatale in Bohuslav Martinů’s opera
Juliette, or the Key of Dreams. “The role of Juliette is awesome
and most important for me is that the audience likes the
role. In this case, everything went great and the staging is
successful,” claims Kateřina Kněžíková. Currently, the singer
is appearing in the role of Rusalka, the main protagonist
in Antonín Dvořák’s eponymous opera. “Rusalka is a dream
come true! Theatres here in Ostrava are great and I am glad
that my dreams come true right where it feels like home
to me,” said the sought-after opera singer, who is originally
from Bohumín and sometimes performs together with her
husband, Adam Plachetka.
Martina Šnytová won Thalia for the role of Reno Sweeney
in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. National Moravian-Silesian
Theatre director Jiří Nekvasil could not contain his joy.
Kateřina Kněžíková zpívá v novém nastudování
Dvořákovy opery Rusalka.
Kateřina Kněžíková sings in a new rendition of Dvořák’s
“Martina has earned the support of the operetta/musical
ensemble and she certainly deserves this award she worked
so hard for,” he said. Musical roles are the hardest these
days. Protagonists have to sing, act, dance, and they almost
have no time off-stage during a performance. Musicals are
the most popular among audiences today and the majority
of our productions have been repeated and sold out many
This is also the case of Jason Robert Brown’s chamber
musical The Last Five Years, our new production for the
101st season, in which Šnytová portrays not-very successful
actress Cathy. The audience may know Šnytová as Juliet
from Romeo and Juliet created by Boris Urbánek, Jaromír
Nohavica, Jiří Josek, and Šimon Caban, or as Mary
Magdalene from Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and
Andrew Lloyd Webber. She also acts in the horror musical
Rebecca based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, and
in John Hodge’s drama Collaborators which deals with the
switching of roles between Stalin and Mikhail Bulgakov.
A complete programme for the National Moravian-Silesian
Theatre may be found at www.ndm.cz/en/
We offer companies out tickets as an employee’s benefits.
Contact: Markéta Chlebová
(firstname.lastname@example.org; +420 734 304 344)
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Martina Šnytová jako Reno Sweeney v muzikálu Colea Portera Děj se co děj.
Martina Šnytová as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes.
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