Words of wisdom: you need to enjoy life and not just endure it, words more true than ever before in these hurried times. And only those who have sat in the seats of the Slovak National Theatre have felt the true uniqueness of living contact with art. Treat yourself during the cold nights to the truly original great performances along with your family, friends or loved ones. Engrossing stories, fantastic vocal performances and captivating beauty of movement all await you.
Documentary drama has been well received by theatre-goers abroad. This genre can now be found in the attractive Slovak National Theatre program. From mid-November the national stage will witness the events that have taken place in Slovakia relating to corruption, cronyism, and what is known as the informal economy. The main heroine of The Carpathian thriller is a middle-aged journalist who left her original profession, since there was no sense in continuing and established an advertising agency. One day however she receives material suggestive of widespread corruption in the highest places of the state apparatus. The same firm – namely through bribery – started winning all the big government contracts which were many times overpriced compared with foreign competitors’ bids. Within the journalist herself her former professional instinct prevails, she will try to publish the case, however she encounters extremely refined and tough defensive tactics from the firms that are against her and her boyfriend and do not hesitate to use the despicable deterrent methods. This strong story is performed on the Slovak National Theatre stage by Zuzana Fialová, Petra Vajdová, Dušan Jamrich, Leopold Haverl, Jozef Vajda, Ľubomír Paulovič, Ján Gallovič, Milan Ondrík and the newest force at the SND, the talented Daniel Fischer.
The long awaited premiere of new plays include Madame Bovary, which is set to premier a few days aster the Carpathian thriller. Táňa Pauhofová, Ľuboš Kostelný, Tomáš Maštalír, Alexander Bárta, Anna Javorková, Jana Oľhová, Marián Geišberg, František Kovár, Robert Roth, Richard Stanke, Ivan Vojtek, Michal Režný and Ivana Kubačková are all lending their faces to characters in the story of Emma Bovary – A beautiful woman who marries a doctor; however their marriage is far from happy. Although he is good and kind, she doesn’t realise that that if he doesn’t find a way to make his better half happy he will expose her to the temptation of finding happiness with someone else.
You would be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t know the famous La dona è mobile aria, used in an advertisement for a well known pizza. Not many people know that this aria was composed by Verdi for Rigoletto, which has now been added to the Slovak National Theatre portfolio. This story of a court jester is sung out on stage by tenor Tomáš Juhás. This SND Opera soloist is primed for an international career. In November his steps will lead him to the acclaimed New York Metropolitan opera. For more than five weeks he will be covering for world famous tenor Roland Villazón. In practice this means that if Villazón is not able to perform due to health reasons for example, Juhás will stand in for him at the same level.
The last month of the year will be associated with another operatic delight served up by the Slovak National Theatre. Theatregoers will be able to enjoy the international premiere of Dorian Gray by Ľubica Čekovská, which is set to make its operatic stage debut. In her Dorian, this young Slovak composer deals with unsettling questions regarding the physical and spiritual embodiment of beauty and evil.
The pre-Christmas atmosphere of the most beautiful holiday season will be enhanced by the premiere of the children’s’ ballet Luskáčik. The smallest theatre-goers and their parents will be able to embark on a fairytale journey through this story as performed by members of the Slovak National Theatre Ballet choir.