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Prague 2015/16 opera season offers nine premieres

New season promises to be more upbeat than its rather serious predecessor The National Theatre Opera and the State Opera are preparing nine premieres for the 2015/16 season. Compared with the now ending season, which accentuates operatic dramas, the upcoming one offers a little more joy and vigor. New titles include classics like Puccini’s Madama… Keep Reading

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Lidice massacre masterminds brought to justice

Nazis behind mass killing of innocent Czechoslovak civilians were sentenced to death shortly after World War II The Nuremberg trials, which started shortly after Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II and wrapped up less than a year later, dealt with many of the most egregious crimes committed by the members of the… Keep Reading

Vaclav Havel
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More places to be named for Havel

Havel’s square to be in Haifa, his bench in Tel Aviv Jerusalem, June 7 (ČTK special correspondent) — A square in Haifa, Israel, will bear the name of the late Czech president Václav Havel (1936—2011) as of the end of June and a Havel bench is to be installed at the university in Tel Aviv,… Keep Reading

Thor Garcia
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Thor Garcia: Writing is therapy

Prague-based expat writer has new book coming out in the fall Thor Garcia, the Prague-based American writer of The News Clown: A Novel, Only Fools Die of Heartbreak and Tund, encourages writers to get out of their comfort zones. Garcia was born in Long Beach, California, and has worked as a journalist in Los Angeles, San… Keep Reading

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José Cura to take up artistic residence

Famed opera singer will be with the Prague Symphony Orchestra for three seasons Incoming chief conductor Pietari Inkinen and opera star José Cura outlined the 2015–16 season of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The 81st season of the FOK, as it is also known, will be the first for Finnish-born Inkinen as chief conductor and the… Keep Reading

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South Koreans win Prague Spring clarinet, flute competition

The 17-year-old Yubeen Kim won flute section, countryman Sangyoon Kim praised for skill with clarinet Prague, May 15 (ČTK) — Two young men from South Korea have won the Prague Spring 67th international music contest: Yubeen Kim, 17, in the category of flute and Sangyoon Kim, 27, in the clarinet category, the organizers announced today.… Keep Reading

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Saudek & Saudek 80 charts twins’ careers (NSFW)

The most famous Czech photographer and comic illustrator are fraternal twins Perhaps the most famous Czech photographer is Jan Saudek, whose erotic pictures, often shown in hand colored versions, have been sold all over the world. Less known, at least to a foreign audience, is the comic book art of his twin brother Kája Saudek.… Keep Reading

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ČT sends family back to Nazi-era Protectorate

TV reality show aims at boosting Czechs’ knowledge of wartime period Prague, May 7 (ČTK) — Public broadcaster Czech Television (ČT) will broadcast a new reality show named Holiday in the Protectorate (Dovolená v Protektorátu) that is to enhance people’s knowledge and awareness of the atmosphere in the then Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia… Keep Reading

golem meyrink
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Prague library to digitize works of Czech Jewish authors

Gustav Meyrink, Otokar Fischer and David Popper among those is collection Prague, April 12 (ČTK) — Works of Prague Jewish writers and composers of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries owned by the Prague Municipal Library will be available in digital form thanks to a project covered from European subsidies, the library’s spokeswoman… Keep Reading

Kim Novak
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Kim Novak shows her paintings at Strahov

Legendary actress returns to the place of her family roots Actress Kim Novak has been interested in painting all of her life, even though she is best known for her roles in films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo, the musical Pal Joey the fantasy Bell, Book and Candle, the romance Picnic and the urban… Keep Reading

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