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Children’s Opera Prague : The Fat Great-Grandfather and the Robbers

25. 2. 2024 11:00 | Municipal Library of Prague

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Performance suitable for children from the age of 5

Jan Šimůnek – Conductor and musical arrangement 

Martin Vydra – Choirmaster 

Jiřina Marková Krystlíková – Director 

Jiří Votruba – Set designer 

Tereza Mouchová – Costumes 

Ivo Dankovič – Lighting design 

Soloists and choir of Children’s Opera Prague 

 

It Turned Out Well or The Fat Great-Grandfather, the Robbers and the Detectives is a two-act opera by Jaroslav Křička based on the fairy tale of the same name by Josef Čapek. The premiere took place at the National Theatre in Prague on December 29, 1932, performed by its drama company. For the Year of Czech Music, the Prague Children's Opera decided to restudy this fairy tale and premiere it as part of the Everlasting Hope festival.

Jaroslav Křička (1882–1969) was a prominent Czech composer, and also choirmaster of the Prague Hlahol, a journalist, and a conductor. Coming from a family of cantors, he wrote many songs, cantatas, symphonies, children's operas, and even music for the film Saint Wenceslas.

A cheerful story about a chubby great-grandfather who goes to sell a horse at the market in Hradec and on his way back gets caught in a fierce storm in the forest. He runs to take shelter in the nearby inn called "At the Golden Jug". Unaware that a gang of robbers is having their ball there, he is first robbed by them, but the great-grandfather outsmarts them with the help of constables and Detective Sherlock Holmes. Thus, he can return home to his beloved great-grandmother with a cheerful song, accompanied by his dog Voříšek.

Children's Opera Prague (DOP) is a group of child and young soloists studying singing. It was founded in 1999 by Jiřina Marková-Krystlíková, a soloist of the National Theatre opera in Prague and a singing professor at the Prague Conservatory, on the foundations of her private music school. The ensemble currently has a wide repertoire, partly staged Italian and German. DOP has released nine CDs: Czech Christmas Mass by J. J. Ryba, H. Krása's Brundibár, Little Mozart, Geniuses and Children (B. Smetana, A. Dvořák, B. Martinů, L. Janáček), Opera Entertains Us, B. Britten's The Little Sweep, K. Hašler's Clouds Drift Far Away (songs), J. Uhlíř, Z. Svěrák's Mini Operas, and J. Křička's Hounds. The DOP's performance of Hans Krása's most famous children's opera, Brundibár, was released on DVD. A television documentary was made about the ensemble, and the media regularly report on its activities.

Festival partners

Realizováno ve spolupráci s Národním divadlem v rámci projektu Musica non grata s podporou Velvyslanectví Spolkové republiky Německo Praha

Musica non grata

General Partner

ALEF NULA, a.s.

Festival Partners

PRE
Ministerstvo kultury ČR
Státní fond kultury
CYRRUS
RSBC

Supporters

Accolade
Městská část Praha 1
CertiCon
Hotel Rott

Ve spolupráci

Polský institut Praha

Záštitu převzali

Ministerstvo pro místní rozvoj ČR
ministryně pro místní rozvoj, 
paní Klára Dostálová
Ministerstvo kultury
ministr kultury, 
pan Lubomír Zaorálek
Poslanecká sněmovna Parlamentu České republiky
předseda Poslanecké sněmovny Parlamentu ČR,
pan Radek Vondráček
Senát Parlamentu České republiky
předseda Senátu Parlamentu ČR, pan Miloš Vystrčil
Senát parlamentu ČR
předseda Senátu Parlamentu ČR,
pan Miloš Vystrčil
Velvyslanectví Spolkové republiky Německo Praha
Velvyslanec SRN v Praze,
Dr. Christoph Israng
Ustavni soud
předseda Ústavního soudu, 
pan Pavel Rychetský
Ústecký kraj
hejtman Ústeckého kraje, 
pan Jan Schiller
MMR ČR
ministryně pro místní rozvoj, paní Klára Dostálová
Ministerstvo kultury ČR
náměstek ministra kultury,
 pan Milan Němeček

Media Partners

Český rozhlas D-dur

Partner of the lecture on 1/3/2023

Winternitz villa

Partner of the concert on 8/3/2023

Stadler-trierNKČRCharitaAlzheimer Home Pitkovice

Concert on 21. 2. 2024 under the auspices of
U.S. Embassy in The Czech Republic

US Embassy

Partner of the concert on 24. 2. 2024
Jewish Museum in Prague

Židovské muzeum

Partner of the concert on 14. 3. 2024
National Library of the Czech Republic

Národní knihovna České republiky

Partner of the concert on 27. 3. 2024
C. Bechstein Pianocentrum Prague

C. Bechstein

The concert on 21. 4. is held in cooperation
with Volman Villa

Volmanova vila

Thank you to

members of the Supporters Club
Personal Connect s.r.o.
© Nadační fond Hudba pro Věčnou naději
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