Rules of Good Manners in the Modern World

22/05/19, 19:00

Author: Michal Nejtek 
Libretto: Jiří Adámek 
Musical Preparation: Pavel Šnajdr 
Conductor: Pavel Šnajdr 
Director: Jiří Adámek 
Set Design: Ivana Kanhäuserová 
Costume Design: Adriana Černá 
Movement Collaboration: Zuzana Sýkorová 
Dramaturgy: Patricie Částková 
Assistant Stage Director: Otakar Blaha 

Sung in Czech with Czech and English subtitles.

Relationships are governed by rules!

It is not complicated to be born. It is easy to die. To live between these two events is not necessarily impossible. It is just enough to adapt to the rules and accept their recommendations.
In 1994, the French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce re-worked a manual of good manners from the turn of the 19th and 20th century. He conceived the play as one long scene in which an actress in a flowery way explains and comments on a list of rules for good manners in basic life situations - the absurdity and comicality of the list quickly emerges. It is an unusual theatre form which conspicuously connects  serious thinking about the sense of human existence with how man makes it bearable.  Lagarce's play became a starting point for a new opera by a tandem of renowned artists from a younger generation, composer Michal Nejtek and director Jiří Adámek. The opera was commissioned for the Janáček Opera Ensemble of the Brno National Theatre. At an absurd banquet in the Luis-Buñuel-style, a chorus of four singers – age-long guardians of traditions and noblesse - accompany the audience through life from birth to death, using the rules for good manners.

Soprán: Marta Reichelová 
Soprán: Daniela Straková-Šedrlová 
Mezzosoprán: Jitka Klečanská 
Bass: Josef Škarka j. h. 
Herec: Petr Vančura j. h.