Celetná 17, Prague 1, on the ground floor of the main building
Tue 9–12, 13–16
224 809 149, 161
The Theatre Institute’s Audio Library contains audio recordings of the spoken word, operas, operettas, melodramas, musicals, and theatre and ballet music. The entire collection can be accessed via the on-line catalogue.
The Audio Library’s services are free to use for researchers who register with the Theatre Institute. This can be done while you wait in the Services Department of the Library of the Theatre Institute. Unregistered visitors are welcome to use the Audio Library but must pay a fee for individual services.
Listening to recordings in the Audio Library’s study room
Researchers can listen to digitised recordings in standard (mp3) format on their PC. Recordings are to be used for study purposes only and cannot be copied or borrowed for use outside the library. We recommend making a reservation in advance, without which it is impossible to guarantee available space in the library.
Audio Library loans
A selected part of the collection (CD recordings only) can be borrowed and removed for use off the premises of the Theatre Institute. CDs and LPs can be borrowed during the opening hours of the Theatre Institute’s Library and loans are subject to the same Library Rules as other borrowed materials.
The collection contains recordings that were part of the Theatre Institute’s original music collection, along with new acquisitions and gifts that have since been added.
The original collection comprises phonographic records with recordings of the spoken word, melodramas, operas, operettas, and ballets in various rpi formats – 78, 33, 45, and 16. All newer recordings are in CD and MC format. Most of the recordings have a Czech connection – i.e. they are by Czech artists or involve Czech work or artists. The collection includes recordings of operas, operettas, musicals, music for stage and radio productions, profiles of actors, and commemorative programmes. The collection also includes recordings of operas by the National Theatre in Prague (Národní divadlo) and the State Opera in Prague.