Avant Première 2024 Sujet

The Avant Première 2024 Sujet is presented by Unitel and Czech Television.


In the heart of the historic baroque garden in Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, the vibrant essence of Messiah unfolds amid a captivating interplay of light and shadow. This production skillfully weaves the biblical narrative of Jesus Christ with the life of Josef Adam, Duke of Krumlov and Prince of Schwarzenberg, born in 1722. Evoking the grandeur of the Baroque era, the performance unfolds as a lavish feast, featuring esteemed early music soloists and a choir of one hundred and fifty, all adorned in meticulously crafted replicas of Baroque attire. Set against the backdrop of a truly unique venue, the theater with a rotating auditorium in Český Krumlov stands as one of only two of its kind in Europe. Nestled in the Baroque garden of the chateau, just before the rococo Bellarie Palace, this theatrical marvel was inaugurated in 1958 and, following several renovations, presently accommodates nearly 650 spectators. Garnering immense popularity, with 56,000 tickets sold, these performances mark the most attended summer cultural event in the entire Czech Republic. As a result, they attract keen interest from both domestic and international audiences alike.



MUSIC George Frideric Handel

SOPRANO Markéta Klaudová ALTO Markéta Cukrová TENOR Marek Žihla BASS Roman Hoza
Chorus of the South Bohemian Theatre

South Bohemian Theatre Orchestra

STAGE DIRECTOR Tomáš Ondřej Pilař

Video Director: Ondřej Havelka | Length: 116' | Shot in UHD HDR | Stereo & 5.1 | Cat. no. A98050011 Czech Television/UNITEL/NHK

Avant Première 2024 Sujet Partner


True to its motto "Music to Watch," UNITEL produces operas, concerts, operettas and ballets with acclaimed artists and in the highest technical quality. Currently boasting a film stock of more than 2500 productions, UNITEL was one of the first companies to produce music films in color and stereo, and records today exclusively in UHD and in Surround sound quality. UNITEL arose from Cosmotel, the firm which Dr. Leo Kirch founded with Herbert von Karajan in 1964 to produce classical music for film and television.


Czech Television

Established on January 1, 1992, Czech Television has been a captivating source of entertainment and information, delighting audiences with its innovative programming. From the introduction of new channels to adapting to evolving viewer preferences, Czech Television has remained at the forefront of the broadcasting landscape. With a rich legacy, it continues to shape the cultural fabric of the Czech Republic, reflecting a commitment to excellence in television.



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