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May 10, 2015 4:00 PM


The opera uses court documents and quotes from an infamous 1950 Communist show-trial with Milada Horakova.

Music and libretto by Aleš Březina. The filmed version of the opera was directed by renown Czech movie director Jan Hřebejk. 2010, 62 min.


Milada Horáková joined the anti-Nazi resistance during WW II and was jailed for her activities. After the war, she was elected to parliament in 1945, and focused on women’s rights. Following the Communist coup in 1948 she resigned her seat and joined the opposition. She was imprisoned, tortured and forced to sign a false confession of anti-Communist activities. On May 31, 1950, the first political show trial in Czechoslovakia began in Prague, with Milada Horáková called as the first witness. It took only eight days to sentence her to death for high treason. She was executed at age 49 on June 27, 1950, despite international appeals from Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Of the 248 persons executed for political reasons in Communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, she was the only woman.

 About the composer: Aleš Březina, is an award-winning Czech composer, musicologist and actor. He scored more than 20 films, including the Czech box-office hits “I Served the King of England” (2006), Divided We Fall (2000) and Buttoners (1997).  His Opera Tomorrow There Will Be about the show trial of freedom fighter Milada Horáková, received the Alfréd Radok Award 2008 for best music. Aleš Březina got a second Alfréd Radok Award in 2010 for the music in Karel Čapek's drama The Makropulos Affair, staged by Robert Wilson at the National Theatre in Prague.

About the director: Jan Hřebejk is currently considered one of Czech Republic’s leading film directors. His film Divided We Fall (2000) was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category. He is also one of the most prolific movie directors of his generation, with 14 feature films under his belt, as well as a wealth of TV productions.


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May 10, 2015 4:00 PM


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