History at the Opera

Zítra se bude… (r. Jan Hřebejk, Jiří Nekvasil, 2010)/
Tomorrow There Will Be… (dir. Jan Hřebejk, Jiří Nekvasil, 2010)


  • What are your impressions of the clip – the music, directing and acting?
  • Why do you think that an opera was written on this topic?
  • What does this clip say about the Czech memory of the historical event depicted? How do you think people view it today?


This clip is from the opera “Tomorrow There Will Be… ” composed by Aleš Březina (2004). It describes the history of the trial of Milada Horáková, a representative of the pre-war National Socialists and a leftist democratic politician who was executed in 1950. The text of the opera consists of excerpts from historical documents – newspaper articles and court records.

The fact that this show trial became the subject of an opera shows how central this historical phenomenon was in Czech society as well as the importance of the subjects discussed.

The artistic techniques used then show how a given event was mostly viewed. The modern assessment of the 1950s describes it as a dramatic and tragic phase of history, with clearly defined sides in the conflict.