The National Theatre
Philip Glass



Opera based on Jean Cocteau’s novel
Libretto: Philip Glass and Susan Marshall



Conductor: Petr Kofroň
Director: Alice Nellis
Set and lighting design: Matěj Cibulka
Costumes: Kateřina Štefková
Choreography: Klára Lidová
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut jr.
Lise: Alžběta Poláčková
Paul: Jiří Hájek
Gérard: Ljubomir Popović
Dargelos / Agathe: Jan Mikušek
Piano: Radka Hanáková, Petra Milarová and Petr Ožana
Actors: Emma Černá, Klára Lidová, German Filipovs and Zdeněk Stěhule
Assistant conductor: Martin Bucht
Head repetiteur: Jiří Pokorný
Repetiteurs: Bronislav Procházka, Lenka Navrátilová, Alena Radová, Martin Levický
Assistant director: Lucie Burešová
Production: Dagmar Dominová and Petr Smetáček

The oeuvre of the American composer Philip Glass represents some of the most fascinating work in late 20th century classical music. The nature of his 1996 chamber opera Les enfants terribles (The Holy Terrors) makes it ideal for staging in an alternative space. The present National Theatre production has opted for the compelling setting of the former kitchen of the Bohnice mental hospital in Prague. Les enfants terribles forms the final part of the Cocteau trilogy, of which the National Theatre staged the opera La Belle et La Bête (The Beauty and the Beast) to much acclaim in 2003. Jean Cocteau’s work voices his belief in the transcendental power of imagination and creativity. The story shows the three protagonists living in a fantasy world, aloof from reality. Cocteau’s novel also inspired Jean-Pierre Melville’s eponymous 1950 film. The present National Theatre production joins the talents of versatile film director and screenwriter Alice Nellis and conductor Petr Kofroň, who is a specialist in the interpretation of contemporary music.

Les Enfants Terribles
An Opera by Philip Glass
Based upon the work “Les Enfants Terribles”
By Jean Cocteau
Copyright Editions Grasset & Fasquelle-1929
©1996 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. Used by Permission.
The National Theatre would like to thank Bohnice Mental Hospital  and Mr. Jaroslav Zvonař for the loan of Ford Mustang automobile (year of production 1967).

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