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Article added on: 7. 1. 2011 / Izabela Pažítková

World Stars Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott, José Cura and Vladimir Malakhov to appear at the SND Crystal Ball


The principal idea of the First Crystal Ball of the Slovak National Theatre is to create a link between the world of art and the established event Crystal Wing honouring the most successful personalities of Slovakia. In cooperation with the AGAS Agency, the Slovak National Theatre has set out to give Bratislava back its noblesse, standing, elegance and to present to the public real personalities - people who have made an outstanding contribution to the society. The Crystal Ball shall put the spotlight on art, stress its humanistic dimension and offer real joy and entertainment.

With this in mind, the organizers have invited guests – world opera stars, who have accepted the invitation of the Slovak National Theatre to join the top event of the season.

The soprano Anna Netrebko has earned critical and popular acclaim with her beautiful voice, incredible energy and a natural acting gift.

Since her triumph at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2002, Anna Netrebko has conquered the world´s great opera houses, among them The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, Milan´s La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, as well as opera houses in Paris, Madrid, Zurich, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, in America and in Japan... Anna Netrebko, celebrated by reviewers, fans and opera lovers as “the reigning new diva of the 21st century” has found time in her busy schedule to accept the personal invitation of SND General Director Ondrej Šoth to grace the ball with her presence.

“I am enormously pleased that these three international stars have accepted our invitation and I am convinced that their performance will become an exceptional experience for art lovers. I am looking forward to meet them in person” , Mr Šoth said about the upcoming event.

Two other international guests and great favourites with opera and concert lovers alike shall bring a bit of warmth and sunshine of South America to the early-spring Bratislava – Erwin Schrott from Uruguay and the Argentine José Cura.

Emotional, full of energy, simply brilliant – those are epithets bestowed on José Cura, whose passion for music extends to conducting. World-famous for his intense and original interpretations of opera characters, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances, José Cura is a familiar name atop marquees at the most prestigious theaters in the world.

Blessed with a mesmerizing stage presence, José Cura joined numerous telecasts of opera and concert productions from venues worldwide.

In 2007 José Cura designed and stage directed the world premiére of La commedia è finita, a meta-show of opera which huge success marked the beginning of yet another facet in the career of this extraordinarily eclectic artist.

The unanimous plaudits of both audience and critics for the stage direction of Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila in occasion of the Badisches Staatstheater's season opening, has sealed his prestige as a director.

But Cura is much more than an operatic star: he is a trained composer and conductor, a brilliant performer, a natural showman determined to use the best music to engage, entertain, and educate.

Erwin Schrott was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and made his operatic debut at the age of 22 as Roucher in Andrea Chenier. Soon after, and still in his early twenties, Schrott sky-rocketed to international fame, making debuts in one major opera house after the other in quick succession. He triumphed in theatres such as the Teatro alla Scala, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Hamburg State Opera, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Los Angeles Opera, and many others.

He has been hailed as one of the most exciting operatic artists on the stage today and has received special acclaim as Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni and in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro. In recent seasons he has sung Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Teatro alla Scala, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Washington Opera and the Los Angeles Opera, as well as in Seville and  Turin and with the Metropolitan Opera on tour to Japan.

During the summer of 2011 Erwin Schrott will again return to the Salzburg Festival, both as Leporello and in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro.

If today's opera audience is getting younger, Erwin Schrott is one of the main reasons. His combination of Hollywood looks, genuine charisma and a magnificent voice will keep audiences talking about his performances for many years to come.

Vladimir Malakhov, one of the best dancers of present time and director of Ballet Ensemble of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin will contribute to the program of the 1st Crystal Ball of the Slovak National Theatre with his dance creation The Dying Swan on music by C. Saint-Saens.


The stars to grace the First Crystal Ball of the Slovak National Theatre, which will begin its history on March 5, 2011 at the SND New Building in Bratislava, will be joined by leading Slovak soloists Andrea Danková, Miroslav Dvorský, Peter Mikuláš, Ivan Ožvát, Pavol Remenár. The evening will be emceed by popular members of the SND Drama ensemble. Soloists of the SND Ballet and the State Theatre Košice Ballet shall perform the most beautiful sequences from the Swan Lake, the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Onegin and famous waltzes. Guests can look forward to live performances by Slovakia´s leading pop artists and original folklore music.

The Crystal Ball shall have another exceptional dimension. The organizers shall present the Minerva Crystallinus Awards to artists who have dedicated their lives to art. In addition, a permanent exhibition shall open during the Crystal Ball, featuring photographs of artists from all three artistic ensembles of the Slovak National Theatre, who are not among us anymore and who helped shape the 90-year history of Slovakia´s leading cultural institution.


Hosts of the Crystal Ball are Ondrej Šoth and Mária Vaškovičová.

Honourable Committee of the Crystal Ball: Ondrej Šoth, Mária Vaškovičová, Juraj Martiny, Tibor Svierčik, Anna Javorková, Zdena Studenková, Ľubica Rybárska, Nora Gallovičová, Gabriel Csollár, Miroslav Trnka, Dominik Hrbatý.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the First Crystal Ball of the Slovak National Theatre on 5 March 2011.




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