24. 10. 2021 | 19:30 | State Opera

Státní opera
The first concert in cooperation with the Musica non grata project will present compositions composed directly in Terezín or performed there. Pavel Haas wrote his confession - The Study for Strings - a year before his death. In the uncertainty of tomorrow, a work comparable to the greatest compositions of the 20th century was created . During the concert at the State Opera, his Suite will be performed in a transcription by Ondřej Kyas for oboe and strings. The suite from the opera Brundibár will be a prologue to the complete stage performance of this work within the festival. On unlike Krása's opera, Viktor Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis which was composed in Terezín didn’t premiere until much later after the war. The author and his librettist Petr Kien perished in Auschwitz. The symbolic conclusion to the concert will be also the last finished composition by Gideon Klein.

Vilém Veverka — oboe
Vera Talerko — soprano
Jarmila Balážová — mezzo-soprano
Jaroslav Březina — tenor
Miguelangelo Cavalcanti — baritone
Pavel Švingr — bass
Olga Machoňová Pavlů — conductor
State Opera Orchestra
Martina Kociánová — introductory word
Vilma Cibulková, Tomáš Töpfer — reading of the Arnošt Lustig texts


Pavel Haas : Studies for String Orchestra

Pavel Haas : Suite for Oboe and String Orchestra (Suite for Oboe and Piano Op. 17, orchestration Ondřej Kyas)
oboe: V. Veverka

Antonín Dvořák : Serenade for strings, 1st and 2nd movement
Memorial of conductor Karel Ančerl

Gideon Klein : Partita for string orchestra (trio for violin, viola and cello adapted by Vojtěch Saudek for string orchestra)

Short reading:

Arnošt Lustig - Adaptation of the short story The Big White Journey (adapted and directed by Eva Lustigová)

Vilém Veverka

Vilém Veverka
Born in Prague, oboist Vilém Veverka (1978) is one of the best oboists today, not only on by the Czech standards. With the same passion with which he uncompromisingly explores the limits of his instrument, he breaks his own during expeditions to the mountains, where he takes unique photographs. He graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and repeatedly attended courses by the prominent French oboist Jean-Louise Capezzali. A major impetus in his artistic development was his performance in the "Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester " and subsequent studies with the leading German oboist Dominic Wollenweber at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. His professional development was significantly enriched by two years of work in the Berlin Philharmonic (Karajan Foundation Fellow). The journey culminated in his victory in one of the most prestigious oboe competitions - the Sony Music Foundation (Tokyo, 2003). As a soloist, V. Veverka drew attention to himself by performing contemporary music, today his repertoire includes works of all styles from the Baroque to the present. He collaborates with important Czech and foreign orchestras, which include in particular PKF - Prague Philharmonic, Prague Symphonic Orchestra FOK, Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic or Tokyo Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bayerisches Kammerorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Slovak Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic etc. He recorded and performed a number of demanding compositions in the Czech premieres of the second half of the 20th century (L. Berio, B. Britten, E. Carter, M. Feldaman, W. Rihm, I. Yun, BA Zimmermann), including concerts by Bohuslav Martinů and Marek Kopelent (A few Minutes with an Oboist ). His interpretive versatility is underlined not only by the first Czech complete recording of Twelve Fantasies for Georg Philipp Telemann's oboe solo (Supraphon), but also by the first collective performance of Jan Dismas Zelenka's Trio Sonatas with "Ensemble Berlin-Prag", which he founded in 2011 with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. .

Vilém Veverka is the head of the ensemble "PhilHarmonia Octet" and the ambassador of the French company "Buffet-Crampon".

Festival partners

Organised in cooperation with the National Theatre within Musica Non Grata, with a donation from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague.

Musica non grata

General Partner



Ministerstvo kultury ČR
Státní fond kultury


Městská část Praha 1

Media partners


Media partners

Partner of the concert on 11.11.


Under the Auspices of:

Minister of Regional Development, 
Mrs. Klára Dostálová
Minister of Culture,
Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek
Poslanecká sněmovna Parlamentu České republiky
President of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech republic, 
Mr. Radek Vondráček
Senát Parlamentu České republiky
předseda Senátu Parlamentu ČR, pan Miloš Vystrčil
President of the Senate, Parliament of the Czech republic, 
Mr. Miloš Vystrčil
German Ambassador to the Czech Republic, 
Dr . Christoph Israng
Ustavni soud
President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech republic, 
Mr. Pavel Rychetský
Governor of the Ústí nad Labem Region,
Mr. Jan Schiller
ministryně pro místní rozvoj, paní Klára Dostálová
Federace Židovských obcí v ČR.
Federace Židovských obcí v ČR

Partner of the performance on 28.11.


Deputy Prime Minister for Digitisation and Minister of Regional Development, Mr. Ivan Bartoš
Minister of Culture, Mr Martin Baxa
President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Mr. Miloš Vystrčil
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