THE CHILD AND THE SPELLS (L‘Enfant et les Sortilèges)
Maurice Ravel
Premiere Feb 6, 2021, 7.00 PM
Divadlo „12“
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THE CHILD AND THE SPELLS (L‘Enfant et les Sortilèges)

Maurice Ravel

Premiere Feb 6, 2021, 7.00 PM - Divadlo „12“

One-act lyric fantasy from 1925

Libretto by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873–1954)
Stage director Juraj Čiernik

Ravel’s opera-ballet with its subtitle A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts is not common to see on Czech stages. The production was staged only at the National Theatre in Prague in 1927 (in 2000, the music accompanied Jiří Kylián’s very popular ballet). Many years later in 2016, the staging of this piece at the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice, where it was performed as a family opera, impressed as well. The NDM chooses the same approach since the opera is to be devoted to children in the audience. The libretto was written by writer called Colette, and it is a fairy-tale story about a disobedient boy, who tortures animals, destroys nature and things around him. All these things come to life and rebel against the boy together with trees and animals complaining from the garden. In the end, the fear changes the boy to be kind and full of love. The libretto inspired Ravel to compose rhythmically playful dance music, which for its wit never become obsolete. This is a typical example of an impressionistic score enriched by number of onomatopoeic effects.
The performance will be presented as part of the FU OU project and the NDM Opera – Opera Academy Ostrava.

Premiere on 29 January 2021 at the Theatre „12“
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Date Time Stage Type Detail Tickets
Feb 6, 2021 7.00 PMDivadlo „12“Premiereshow detail
Feb 7, 2021 4.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
Feb 11, 2021 7.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
Feb 28, 2021 4.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
Mar 6, 2021 7.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
Mar 17, 2021 7.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
Apr 11, 2021 4.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail
May 14, 2021 7.00 PMDivadlo „12“Repetitionshow detail