In the 2017/2018 the Slovak National theatre prepared 18 premières.
SND Drama Company entered its 98th season with the first staging of the popular comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare, directed by Peter Mikulík. The second première brought the production of the play by Viliam Klimáček Revelation directed by Vladimír Serre. The production completed the project that entailed the Slovak texts being directed by international directors. The Shakespeare Historical Plays series brought a première of the tragedy Richard III directed by Martin Čičvák.
In 2018 the Drama Company is to present the monumental oeuvre by the Russian classical writer, Fiodor Dostoyevsky, The Tamed directed by Eduard Kudláč, Ibsen´s Hedda Gabler directed by Roman Polák, the powerful family drama by the Nobel Price Laureate for Literature, G. Hauptmann Before Sunset, directed by Michal Vajdička, one of the oldest tragedies by the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles Antigone directed by Ondrej Spišák, and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson´s Beyond Human Power (II). The latter, directed by Ján Luterán, is to appear in Slovak onstage the SND for the first time in over ninety years. The end of the season will be dedicated to the première of one of the major and most lauded oeuvres of world literature, Tolstoy´s War and Peace directed by Marián Amsler. The 98th season will not lack a new title from the dramaturgical line of plays custom-written for a specific actor, concerning controversial themes. The Blue Salon is bringing the première of production inspired by the life and work of the singer Marta Kubišová, entitled Cabaret Normalisation or The Prayer for Marta directed by Matúš Bachynec.
SND Opera has prepared for the 2017/2018 season four premières of new operatic productions and a continuation of interactive adaptations of classical operas for children. The first première features the opera and ballet companies with two single-act pieces. Both come from the master of French Impressionism, Maurice Ravel. The operatic piece brought his witty and often staged comedy of female dominance, The Spanish Hour. The grand fairy tale fresco by the founder of Russian national music, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Sadko directed by the US director Daniel Kramery ha sbeen prepared in coproduction with the Flemish Opera. It is a story of longing for freedom, the quest for the faraway, unknown, and about the differences between female and male perspective on the world. The operetta Polish Blood is a tribute to its author, the great conductor and composer Oskar Nedbal. His name was closely connected with Slovakia´s prime stage, the SND during its first years of existence. The final touch at the very end of the season will be the evergreen opera, Puccini´s immortal Tosca, the captivating oeuvre with hypnotising melodicism and musical dramatic forms brought to perfection. SND Opera delighted our youngest members of the audience with a new project delivered in collaboration with Martin Vanek. This season it focuses on a number of operatic stories jointly entitled From Opera to Opera that was traditionally part of the Open Day.
SND Ballet opened the 98th season with a joint opera and ballet night when the ballet company presented Daphnis and Chloe, story inspired by the Ancient Greek mythology, to the music by Maurice Ravel, the long-term SND Ballet soloist Ms Reona Sato. The work by the magician of choreography and theatre Boris Eifman doesn’t require special introduction to our audiences. This time Mr Eifman arrived in SND Ballet to stage the ballet drama Beyond Sin / The Brothers Karamazov to the motifs of Dostoyevsky. The music by Richard Wagner, Modest Mussorgsky and Sergei Rachmaninov in conjunction with the Eifman theatre language are a guarantee of an exceptional artistic experience. The Spring 2018 première will be a celebration of the classical ballet legacy and homage to the prodigy of choreography Marius Petipa.