Premières

Slovak National Theatre has as many as 15 new titles lined up for the season of 2018/2019.

The very first première in the season of 2018/2019 to be brought by the SND Drama Company shall be The Academy of Spectator Art written by the contemporary Hungarian playwright István Tasmádi, and directed by József Czajlik. The next première shall be the Project 1918 by Daniel Majling (based on the prose by Joseph Roth). It captures the fate of a group of soldiers from an Austro–Hungarian garrison somewhere on the periphery during the final years of the multinational Monarchy with all its glitz, glory, as well as darker sides, faults and rot. The Drama ensemble will enter the year 2019 with the première of Side Effects by the award-wining British author Lucy Prebble, exploring the limits of science and ethics, along with our emotions. Early February shall be dedicated to the world première of stage adaptation of the internationally lauded film The Square, directed by Marián Amsler. The menu shall further include Russian Diaries by Alja Rachmanova, directed by Roman Polák, and poetic farce A Winter Funeral by the iconic Israeli writer Hanoch Levin, directed by Ondrej Spišák. The season will conclude with the popular play The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. It raises deep philosophical questions about responsibility of élites for the course of history. The Blue Salon has in store the première of Glengarry Glen Ross by the contemporary American writer David Mamet. The play earned him Pulitzer Prize, whilst the film based on the play received Academy nomination.

SND Opera will open its season with Don Carlos, the grand historic fresco by Giuseppe Verdi. The captivating drama is a portrait of power, abuse of ideology and tragedy faced by major players on the political map of the past. The production, prepared with musical assistance by Martin Leginus, acquires monumental stage form given by the Slovenian director Diego de Brea. The première will also feature the internationally acclaimed Slovak bass Štefan Kocán in his SND première debut. The second première in the season shall be focus on child spectators, bringing them a new original Slovak fairy-tale opera A Tale of a Happy End by the composer Peter Zagar to the libretto by the Slovak poet and writer Daniel Hevier. The third première title is a tribute to Benjamin Britten, one of the foremost and most original composers in the 20th-century-opera. From Britten legacy that strongly resonates on international stages, SND Opera has chosen two splendid spiritual parables – Curlew River and The Burning Fiery Furnace. The première shall also mark two debuts on stage the SND: that of the Czech conductor Tomáš Brauner and of the young Slovak stage director Ján Luterán. The finale of the season shall be marked by the first-ever Slovak–Ukrainian coproduction of yet another major oeuvre in operatic opus, The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach. The co-production has also given the opportunity for the SND Opera to host, for the first time ever, one of the most remarkable figures of contemporary European theatre and operatic stage, the director of Ukrainian origin, Andriy Zholdak.

SND Ballet is preparing two appealing titles for the 2018/2018 season: the original Slovak project Beatles Go Baroque by local team of authors, particularly the internationally acclaimed Peter Breiner and five choreographers mostly from the SND Ballet. The impulse for the composed performances came from the music by Peter Breine, one of the most recorded composers worldwide. The touch of originality and of cosmopolitan flair at the same time shall arrive with the second première title that will bring on stage the SND a story and legacy of the legendary comedian and director Charlie Chaplin. The production Charlie, The Trump comes from an international team whom we know from the production of Nijinsky – God of Dance: the composer Carl Davis, set designer Mark Bailey and choreographer Daniel de Andrade. The character of Charlie Chaplin continues to be associated in public mind with the lovely, unforgettable tramp carrying a walking stick, clad in tight jacket, wearing shoes a size too large. In the Spring of 2019, SND Ballet brings the dance portrait of the film prodigy and human wonder in world première.