Holiday Guide seasonal supplement 2011
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A tradition in Czech homes for more than 300 years, Nativity scenes featuring the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph have traditionally been made out of wood and are still brought out for display in homes at the start of the Advent season.
Nativities can be as simple as the Holy Family or include shepherds and animals.
A handmade tradition Nativity scenes still prevalent in the Czech Republic as part of holiday celebrations, even for the nonreligious By Megan Battista STAFF WRITER
hile the Czech Republic does not profess to be a religious country, the people still believe in tradition, especially around the holidays. One of the oldest traditions surrounding Christmas and dating back to about 1560 is the Nativity scene. While many households still have their own handmade Nativity scenes that they dust off and set out at the beginning of the Advent season, many cities across the country have taken artistic liberties with them over the years and created everything from living Nativities with live performances to Nativity pieces made of ... butter. Nativity scenes celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus were first introduced here by the Jesuits at their college, the Klementinum, across from Charles Bridge in Prague. The traditional scene includes baby Jesus, the manger, grotto and farm animals. The scene, called â€œBetlemâ€? in Czech, after Bethlehem, inspired versions to be displayed at churches and monasteries throughout the country. Small Nativity scenes first became popular
Specializing in Nativities, František Malý makes both large, small and custom scenes for people to enjoy during the holidays. after the defeat of Czech Protestant forces in the early 17th century because the Jesuits used them as sign of re-Catholicization, and monks used them as a way to introduce villagers to the life of Christ. The tradition was then transformed when Emperor Joseph II moved against the church in the 18th century. František Malý, a carpenter who creates Nativities, said this is when they truly became popular in people’s homes. “The popularity started under Joseph II, when
he banned the church Nativities, and people began creating them at home themselves,” he said. Since they were banned, it increased the demand from people, and craftsmen across the country started making them for the people as it became a status symbol. Following in the footsteps of his father, Malý has been specializing in creating wood Nativity scenes for the past eight years in Sebranice. “Nativities do have a strong tradition in
this country,” he said. “This is a 300-year-old tradition here, and for me, this is a tradition that’s always been in my family.” Malý, like many carpenters in the country, makes Nativity scenes from wood — he prefers the Linden tree because of its malleability — in an array of sizes and motifs. Currently, he is working on a lifesize Nativity that will be displayed in his village so that people can join around it and sing Christmas carols as part of the tradition.
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The Museum of Nativity Scenes in the city of Třebechovice pod Orebem features traditional folk carvings on the grandest scale.
Â â€œAt the moment, I am creating a lifesize Nativity, and it takes some 150 to 200 hours to do one statue,â€? he said. â€œMy father, who was my inspiration growing up, is helping me along with some colleagues. My dream is to create a Nativity that captures the life of our village and the holy family. They will be surrounded by some locals who have died, so that neighbors can see and reminisce of their youth in this place.â€? In addition to the traditional wooden Nativity scenes, live Nativities, with real people either performing or standing still, are often associated with the traditional Christmas plays that depict shepherds heralding the news of Jesus being born in Bethlehem by walking through the streets and ending at the manger. Live Nativities have long been a part of the Advent season and often include live animals, and are annually held at Golden Gate of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, in ÄŒeskĂ˝ Krumlov and at the base of KarlĹĄtejn Castle. The largest, recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, is the KrĂ˝za Nativity Scene, which has 1,398 figures of animals and people, 133 of which move. There are also museums known for their Nativity collections. The Museum of Nativity Scenes in the city of TĹ™ebechovice pod Orebem features traditional folk carvings, guided tours and a shop where various types of Nativity scene models and wooden toys can be purchased. KarlĹĄtejn Castle also has a museum of Nativity scenes during the holidays. For those who want to see something truly different from the traditional folk creations, they can head to the town of MĂĄslovice, just north of Prague, to the Museum of Butter, where every year since 2000 a Nativity scene is displayed made entirely of butter. In the
A creative twist on a Nativity scene can be found at the Museum of Butter in MĂĄslovice. past, nativities have been made out of about 15 kilograms of butter. This yearâ€™s butter Nativity will be on display from the first Sunday of Advent through the end of January. â€œNativity scenes are very popular in the Czech Republic,â€? said VladimĂra SĂ˝korovĂĄ, MĂĄslovice mayor and the museumâ€™s director. â€œThey are an opportunity for creativity since you only have the three given figures (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) and then it is up to the
peopleâ€™s imagination to create the rest. I believe we are unique in doing this, but one doesnâ€˜t know about everything. Perhaps somebody in Europe got inspired by us just like we were inspired by the temples in India.â€? â€” KlĂĄra JiĹ™iÄ?nĂĄ contributed to this report. Megan Battista can be reached at email@example.com
Christmas Carp Soup
A taste of tradition Jan Wiesner, head chef at Prague Marriott, shares his recipes for you to create your Christmas Eve feast
Breaded Fried Carp Serves one
Ingredients: 300 g carp 10 g salt 20 g flour 1 egg 0.05 L milk 40 g breadcrumbs 100 g vegetable oil Preparation: De-bone, remove skin, and clean fish; pat dry. Dip cleaned fish filets in salt/flour mixture, then egg/milk mixture, and finally breadcrumbs. Fry slowly in hot oil until golden brown.
Ingredients: Carp head, tail and roe 3 oz root vegetables, diced 6 cups water Pickling spices Salt, to taste 5 tbs butter 1 oz shortening 1/2 c parsley, chopped Croutons, diced 1 tsp Vinegar Preparation: Remove gills and eyes, and boil together with tail in salted water until tender. Cook rinsed roe separately in salted water. Prepare a light roux from butter and flour; dilute with cool fish stock, beat well and bring to a boil. Add diced vegetables, and boil briefly till tender. Add vinegar and pickling spices. After removing bones, return fish and roe to the soup. Serve with chopped parsley and croutons.
Traditional Potato Salad Serves four
Ingredients: 1 kg potatoes 1/4 kg carrots 1/4 kg celery 150 g gherkins 200 g peas, tinned or from frozen 4–6 tbsp mayonnaise Pepper, salt, vinegar
Preparation: Boil the unpeeled potatoes in salted water for around 15–20 minutes (according to the size of the potatoes) until soft. Leave to cool, then peel and cut into cubes measuring roughly 1 cm. Peel the carrot and celery, then boil in water with a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar for around 10–15 minutes until slightly soft.
Leave to cool, then cut into very small pieces. Dice the gherkins; keep the brine they come in to finish off the salad. Defrost the peas (if using tinned, pour off the brine). Carefully mix together all the above ingredients, gradually adding mayonnaise and some of the brine from the gherkins. Season to taste.
Vanilla Rolls Ingredients: 150 g flour 20 g sugar 100 g butter 50 g almonds or walnuts 1 egg yolk Vanilla Confectioner’s sugar
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Preparation: Combine flour and sugar. Add butter and egg; work into dough on a dusted surface. This should be done rather quickly to prevent the butter from softening. Should this happen, chill the dough before shaping. Shape dough into a long rope, cut into even parts, and shape into rolls or crescent moons. Bake in a preheated oven. Dip hot rolls in confectioner’s sugar.
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The Jiřák Christmas farmers’ market sells everything from baked goods to handmade toys just in time for the holidays.
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Locally produced foods, gifts perfect for the holidays By Megan Battista STAFF WRITER
very year, more than 120,000 tourists come to the Czech Republic for the holidays. And while shopping at the popular Christmas markets in Old Town and on Wenceslas Square are looked upon by both visitors and locals as an essential tradition to be upheld each
holiday season, there is a new breed of markets that are opening up shop for the season and offering those willing to travel a bit farther something out of the ordinary. Farmers’ markets (known in Czech as farmářské trhy), are most commonly associated with fresh, local produce displayed during the summer months in stalls set up in open fields and town squares. But while local farmers’ production is bountiful in the summer, they are still churning out some goodies for the winter with delicious homemade and organic cheeses, wines, chocolates, pastries, sausages,
Markets offer up holiday cookies and treats that are made locally, and some vendors even boast all-organic ingredients. can find on Wenceslas Square because everything comes from farmers, and our products are from small manufacturers and Czech designers,” she said. “The
A hidden gem for gifts is the Náplavka farmers’ market along Vltava River embankment, open for Christmas and New Year’s. meat and fish. In addition, many local designers and artists display their wares with handmade jewelry, wooden toys, glass, ceramics and porcelain dishes that are more unique than the mass-produced items found in the larger Christmas markets on Wenceslas Square and Old Town. Lenka Sehnalová, organizer for
the farmers’ markets, said while the traditional markets on the main squares of Prague certainly draw the most crowds, the farmers’ markets offer something unique for Christmas gifts and programs for both adults and children. “I think our Christmas farmers’ markets are better than what you
products that we have are special because they’re local.” The farmers’ market in Holešovice is indoors, so it has been open in the past for the
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Farmers come and sell their own produce, offering visitors a more personal experience than other holiday markets in the city.
Keeping with the festive environment, a local dressed as Santa stops at the farmerâ€™s market to fuel up on fresh sausages and get his Christmas tree before heading home.
winter months and boasts more than 60 stalls. The latest markets to extend their hours for the holiday season, however, are Jiřák in Prague 3, Kubáň in Prague 10 and Náplavka in Prague 2. All three markets have a Christmas market that starts Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 22. Additionally, Jiřák and Kubáň will have New Year’s markets from Dec. 28 until Jan. 1. “People like buying things at these markets because it’s a unique product they can’t find in other areas made of good quality, with local origins, and it’s seasonable,” Sehnalová said. “Farmers’ markets have a great atmosphere that people enjoy, too. We even have Christmas programs for children this year during the weekends in December.” While artisan Christmas gifts are definitely a big draw for people who flock to the farmers’ markets outside the touristy areas of Prague 1, it’s the local and fresh food, home-made holiday sweets like Christmas nut cookies and sweet rolls, as well as traditional mulled wine and beer that really draw the crowds, according to Sehnalová. There certainly is something to say for the bigger markets held in the heart of Prague, but according to Sehnalová, if you want an experience that is unique, with each stall selling something completely different, then the
7, 22 and 24 stopping at the square. Christmas: Dec. 1–22 Tues., Thurs., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. New Year’s: Dec. 29 Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad (Jiřák), Prague 3 The market is right on the border of hips areas Vinohrady and Žižkov, and is the smallest of the Prague farmers’ markets, with around 30 stalls. The market is very conveniently located beside the metro station of the same name, on the A line, and tram No. 11 stops just beside the metro station. Christmas: Dec. 1–22, Wed. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. New Year’s: Dec. 28 and 31
Regardless of rain or snow and or the temperature, vendors are happy to sell and discuss their products with the public the at Jiřák, Kubáň and Náplavka markets during the holidays. Christmas and New Year’s farmers’ markets are worth the trip.
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advent farmers’ markets Kubánské námestí (Kubáň), Prague 10 Located in the suburb of Vršovice, the farmers’ market on this neighborhood square has around 40 stalls. Although the market is not as close to he center as the others, Kubánské námestí is on a main thoroughfare and has excellent tram connections with trams No. 6,
Náplavka, Prague 2 The most central of the markets operated by Farmářské tržiště, it sits on the riverbank, below Paláckého náměstí and Paláckého most bridge. It holds about 40 different stalls. The market is close to Karlovo náměstí metro station, on line B, and trams No. 3, 4, 7, 10, 16, 17 and 21 pass through the two Paláckého náměstí tram stops adjacent to the metro station. Christmas: Dec. 1–22, Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
warmers Where to escape the cold and the crowds and linger over a hot drink By Fiona Gaze Staff Writer
he streets of Prague in wintertime are a magical place, with Christmas lights twinkling from the trees and stalls proffering seasonal crafted gifts and refreshments alike. The glow of streetlamps turns snow-laden alleyways into a veritable fairytale land, and, while meandering the city’s cobblestones and holiday markets is a truly unforgettable experience, the best part of an afternoon can often be stumbling across a welcoming café or bar where you can come in from the cold. Once you’ve found a cozy nook to occupy, a warming drink — be it tea or coffee, mulled wine or grog — can be just the ticket WALTER NOVAK/The Prague Post to relax and plan out your next Innovative and festive drinks adventure.
await in cafés for the holidays.
Cafe Cafe Located directly between Old Town Square, this bright, reinvigorating café looks out over the bustling sidewalk through floor-toceiling windows, and its brick-lined walls, complete with jostling picture frames, contain an inviting place. Start out the day with breakfast here, or stop by later in the day for a creative coffee or a glass of wine. Rytířská 10, Prague 1–Old Town. Tel. 224 210 597. Open daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Cafe-cafe.cz Café Jericho The sort of place where people come for both work and play. A classic café with ample natural light, wooden tables, smoke rings in the air and up-and-coming artists on the walls. In the maze of streets behind Národní třída, Jericho is popular with the students and other philosophizing types. Opatovická 26, Prague 1–New Town. Tel. 739 393 777. Open Mon.– Fri. 9 a.m.–midnight, Sat.–Sun. 3 p.m.–midnight. Cafejericho.cz Café Lounge At the bottom of Petřín Hill, tucked on a side street, Café Lounge is a haven of sanity. Smooth coffees and mulled wines go down well with the daily menu of quiches, sandwiches, cakes and other treats. The dressed-up interior is the perfect place to unwind for a spell. Bonus: free tap water. Plaská 8, Prague 5–Malá Strana. Tel. 257 404 020. Open Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Cafe-lounge.cz
Café Louvre A mainstay of the Golden City’s café culture, Louvre has been keeping artists, writers and the everyman fed and watered since 1902, with famous guests including Albert Einstein and Franz Kafka. Its Secession-era beauty is still as striking today as ever before, and its coffees, hot drinks and cakes are consistently high-quality. Národní 22, Prague 1–New Town. Tel. 224 930 949. Open Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.– 11:30 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 9 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Cafelouvre.cz Café Montmartre In its 100th year, Café Montmartre, with its scratched tables, threadbare chairs and antique sofas, still bears some of its original bohemian atmosphere. It''s vaulted rooms hosted Jaroslav Hašek, František Gellener, František Langer, Franz Kafka, Max Brod and many others over the years. Tucked away in the heart of Old Town, it is a friendly place, with prices that are more than satisfying. Řetězová 7, Praha 1–Old Town. Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat. and Sun. noon–11 p.m. Gambit@gambit.cz Dobrá trafika An institution with a cult following in Vinohrady, Dobrá trafika is the sort of place you want to be your living room, and for many people, it might as well be. Comfortable, mismatched furniture, an upright piano and aged lighting makes this a great, ecclectic place
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Mulled wine and specialty coffees can help shake off the chill. — café cum wine bar cum smoke shop — to spend some serious time. Occasional concerts and exhibitions. Also has a sister café in Malá Strana. Korunní 42, Prague 2– Vinohrady. Tel. 737 907 635. Open Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–11 p.m. Dobratrafika.cz Grand Café Orient One of Prague’s architectural must-sees, the House of the Black
Madonna, is also home to this stunning café. This is a destination in and of itself for both its RondoCubist design and décor, but also for its artful, light plates and drinks: hot or cold, tall or short, alcoholic or non-. Ovocný trh 19, Prague 1– Old Town. Tel. 224 224 240. Open Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Grandcafeorient.cz Fiona Gaze can be reached at email@example.com
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15 Dec. 1 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. One of the most famous musicals ever. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Visací zámek Czech punk legend celebrating 29 years. Akropolis at 7:30 La traviata Verdi’s opera based on Dumas’ novel La dame aux Camélias. State Opera at 8
Dec. 2 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. One of the most famous musicals ever. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Carmen by Bizet. First shown in Paris March 3, 1875, and still highly popular. State Opera at 7
Dec. 3 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 2 and 6 Aida Verdi’s piece set in ancient Egypt. State Opera at 7 Romantic Christmas Works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Corelli, Ryba, Dvořák, Gruber and Czech carols. Chapel of Mirrors, Klementinum, at 7
Bárta, Týc and Illustratosphere stage an audiovisual performance Dec. 14 at the New Stage. MeetFactory at 8:30 Beenie Man and Band The reggae master comes to Prague. Lucerna Music Bar at 8
Dec. 4 Advent Concerts: Jáček Trio Works by Haydn, Foerster, Dvořák. Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, at 5 Madama Butterfly by Puccini. State Opera at 2 High Places Indie music couple from the United States.
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Dec. 7 Lukáš Moťka (trombone) and Veronika Žochová (piano) Works by Stojowsky, Simon, Michael, SaintSaens, Takashima. Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, at 5:30 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti. A tragic opera in three acts. State Opera at 7
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Dec. 8 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Rusalka by Dvořák. Revived Slavic mythology in music. State Opera at 7
Tata Bojs and Midi Lidi Acoustic concert of Czech popular band. Akropolis at 7:30
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Webber, Rice. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 La traviata Verdi’s opera based on Dumas’ novel La dame aux Camélias. State Opera at 7
Dec. 10 Carmen by Bizet. State Opera at 7 Leningrad Cowboys Finnish band renowned for its unique look. KC Vltavská at 7 José Carreras Acclaimed tenor pulls out all the stops in this big show. O2 Arena at 8
Dec. 11 Advent Concert with Maria Kobielska, soprano; Kateřina Jalovcová, alto; Václav Lemberk, tenor; Zdeněk Plech, basso. National Theater at 2 Advent Concert with Jiří Havlík, French horn; and Kimiko Funamoto, piano. Works by Chabrier, Bartoš, Yoshimatsu, Poulenc, Basler, Havlík. Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, at 3 Giselle by Adam. State Opera at 2 and 7 Blind Guardian German power metal since 1980s. KC Vltavská at
Dec. 12 Christmas Concert by Spirituál kvintet, a Czech folk band. Divadlo Hybernia at 7 Petr Bende and band Former Superstar show finalist. Divadlo Kalich at 7 Wihan Quartet Works by Mozart, Dvořák, Brahms. Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, at 7:30
Dec. 13 Lucie Bílá Popular singer. State Opera at 5 and 8 Le nozze di Figaro A comic opera by Mozart. Estates Theater at 7
Dec. 14 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Michal Hejna and AghaRTA Gang Quality local jazz. Spanish Hall, Prague Castle, at 8 Bárta, Týc and Illustratosphere Audiovisual performance. New Stage at 8 Support Lesbiens Pop-rock band. Lucerna Music Bar at 9
19 Dec. 15 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 7 Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Ballet based on Russian folk tales. State Opera at 7 Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Yulianna Avdeeva (piano). Works by Mozart and Dvořák. Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, at 7:30
Dec. 16 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 7 La Boheme by Puccini. One of the most frequently performed operas internationally. State Opera at 7 Jesus Christ Superstar by Webber, Rice. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7
Dec. 17 Nabucco by Verdi. Babylonian history told in operatic style. State Opera at 7 Christmas Concert Petr Kotvald sings Christmas pop tunes. Church of Sts. Simon and Jude at 7
Dec. 18 Advent Concert with Maria Kobielska, soprano; Kateřina Jalovcová, alto; Václav Lemberk, tenor; Zdeněk Plech, basso. National Theater at 2 Low Brass Instruments of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Works by Pezel, Tůma, Michna z Otradovic, Crespo, Dvořák, Vejvanovský, Bach, Pachelbel, Händel. Suk
Cinderella at the State Opera Dec. 6 and Leningrad Cowboys, right, at KC Vltavkská Dec. 10.
Hall, Rudolfinum, at 5 Otello by Verdi. State Opera at 7 Molly Hatchet American South rock band. Retro Music Hall at 8
Dec. 19 Chorea Bohemica Czech carols. Estates Theater at 8 Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonics Zlín Works by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Martinů and Mahler. Smetana Hall, Obecní dům, at 8
Dec. 20 Madama Butterfly by Puccini. State Opera at 7 The Magic Flute by Mozart.
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Includes both singing and spoken dialogue. Estates Theater at 7 Buty The Best of Buty’s easy tunes. Lucerna Music Bar at 8
Dec. 21 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 3:30 and 7 The Czech Christmas Mass by Ryba. The Children’s Opera Prague. Estates Theater at 4 and 7 The Gypsy Princess by Kálmán. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 Christmas concert Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Piers Lane, piano. Works by Beethoven, Martinů, Tchaikovsky. Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, at 7:30 Christmas Concert Michal Prokop, popular Czech rock singer. Divadlo Archa at 8
Dec. 22 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 3:30 and 7 The Czech Christmas Mass by Ryba. The Children’s Opera Prague. Estates Theater at 4 and 7 The Three Pintos by von Weber, Mahler. State Opera at 7 The Gypsy Princess by Kálmán. Hungarian operetta first performed in Vienna in 1915. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7
Dec. 23 Mozartissimo The best of Mozart. Estates Theater at 5 Christmas Concert Mary Stallings, a well-known jazz vocalist from the United States. National Theater at 7
Dec. 25 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 2 and 6 Don Giovanni by Mozart. Premiered in Prague in 1787. Estates Theater at 2 and 7 Rusalka by Dvořák. Slavic mythology in opera form. State Opera at 7
Dec. 26 Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Ballet based on Russian folk tales. State Opera at 2 and 7 One Night at Karlštejn by Svoboda et al. A successful musical film comes to the stage. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 The Miracles of Mary by Martinů. National Theater at 7
The popular Czech band Tata bojs play an acoustic concert at Akropolis Dec. 8 with Midi Lidi.
Dec. 27 Madama Butterfly by Puccini. Opera set in early 20th-century Japan. State Opera at 7 Die Entführug aus dem Serail by Mozart. An attempt of the hero Belmonte to rescue his beloved Konstanze. Estates Theater at 7 Pavel Haas Chamber Orchestra Suk Hall, Rudolfinum, at 8
Dec. 28 The Magic Flute by Mozart. Opera in two acts composed in 1791. State Opera at 7 One Night at Karlštejn by Svoboda et al. A popular musical movie adapted for the stage. Hudební divadlo Karlín at 7 The Nutcracker – A Christmas
Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 7 4TET A vocal quartet. Divadlo Broadway at 7
Dec. 29 La traviata Verdi’s opera based on Dumas’ novel La dame aux Camélias. State Opera at 7 Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart. Estates Theater at 7 Romantic Christmas Works by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Corelli, Ryba, Dvořák, Gruber and Czech carols. Chapel of Mirrors, Klementinum, at 7 Dec. 30 Carmen by Bizet. Comic opera first performed in Paris in 1875. State Opera at 7 The Best of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. Divadlo Hybernia
Dec. 31 Don Giovanni by Mozart. Premiered in Prague in 1787. Estates Theater at 3 The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol by Tchaikovsky. National Theater at 3 New Year’s Eve concert Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Baiba Skride, violin. Works by Dvořák, de Sarasate, Strauss. Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum, at 4:30 Die Fledermaus by Strauss. Famous operetta. State Opera at 8 Carmen Opera – Ballet Performance Divadlo Hyberina at 7:30 ROxxxy Music No Dimension Roxy at 9