Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT)

Welcome to the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre

The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) is a national and international centre for research and development in the practice and theory of contemporary opera, music-based theatre and other related forms of sonic or multimedia performance. The Centre promotes innovative artistic and critical practices across a range of forms through academic programmes, creative, theoretical and historical research projects, and research collaborations with relevant professional and educational partners.

"Anyone looking for signs of the next big thing in opera and new media should look to Sussex University’s Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre." The Musician (Musicians Union Journal), Spring 2015

 

"Czech Opera in the Post-Communist Czech Republic"

A talk by Helena Spurná, University of Olomouc, Czech Republic

Wednesday 18th April from 4-5.30 pm in David-Osmond Smith Recital Room in Falmer House. All welcome.

The introductory statement for my exposition will be somewhat pessimistic: one cannot deny the fact that Czech operatic theatre, with certain exceptions, has not supported new art. The reasons for this cannot be easily explained by mere economic factors; despite the social-political changes after the year 1989, Czech culture has still not emerged from established models and approaches of the past. Yet a number of interesting operatic works have come about in recent years which I will discuss in this talk, including: Martin Smolka’s (*1959) opera Nagano, inspired by the victory of the Czech ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics twenty years ago; the so-called spoken opera Sezname, otevři se!, based on Umberto Eco‘s book The Infinity of List; and the “opera-trial” Tomorrow There Will Be…. by Aleš Březina (*1965) a documentary opera based on archive materials related to the political trial and execution of Milada Horáková at the beginning of the 1950s. 

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