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The Jacobin - National Theater Prague

Venue: Prague National Theatre

 
Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
 
 
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Event details
 
Composer: Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák’s The Jacobin is one of the most popular and most frequently performed Czech operas. To date, the National Theatre has staged twelve productions, most recently in 1993. The story, depicting life in a small Czech town on the one hand and the return of a “suspicious” émigré to his homeland on the other, is often understood in a somewhat simplistic, hyperbolic manner. Yet it is rather borne – primarily owing to Dvořák’s musical genius – in an ambiguous atmosphere of melancholy, sentiment, humorous bird’s-eye view and self-irony. As in many other similarly tuned Czech dramatic works, here too all the accumulated and pointed conflicts end up in humble, conciliatory and amicable lesson-learning. 



At the end of the 18th century, Bohuš, a count’s son, who at one time was hounded out by his father owing to his liberalism returns to an idealised Czech town. Yet before he is allowed to reconcile with his father, he and his wife have to experience a slew of provincial intrigues which the locals direct both at themselves and – because of his being suspected of “Jacobinism” – against Bohuš and his wife. We encounter a number of stock and popular dramatic types – the happily amorous Jiří and Terinka, between whom the big-headed burgrave Filip wants to drive a wedge, the count’s power-hungry nephew Adolf, as well as the good-natured teacher Benda. A crucial role in the story is played by the traditionally lauded Czech musicality; the Czechs’ affectionate relationship to music, whose ardency and tenderness is able to soften even the most hardened of hearts. The scene at the school during which the teacher Benda is preparing with the children a festive cantata in honour of the new master is one of the most remarkable in Czech opera.


The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.


Duration of the performance: 3 hours, 2 intermissions

 
Program details
 

Libretto: Marie Červinková-Riegrová
Musical preparation: Tomáš Netopil
Conductor: Zbyněk Müller, David Švec
Stage director: Jiří Heřman
Sets: Pavel Svoboda
Costumes: Alexandra Grusková
Choreography: Lucie Holánková
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut
Light-design: Daniel Tesař
Chorus master of the Kühn's Children's Choir:Jiří Chvála

 

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus

Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

Kühn Children's Choir

CAST

Count Vilém of Harasov


Ondrej Mráz

Bohuš of Harasov


Roman Janál
 
Jakub Kettner
Svatopluk Sem

Julie


Dana Burešová
 
Maria Kobielska

Filip


Zdeněk Plech
 
Luděk Vele
František Zahradníček

Jiří


Aleš Briscein
 
Jaroslav Březina
Aleš Voráček

Terinka


Alžběta Poláčková
 
Jana Sibera

Benda


Vladimír Doležal
 
Jan Ježek
Jan Markvart

Adolf of Harasov


Jiří Brückler
 
Jiří Hájek
Richard Haan

Lotinka


Yvona Škvárová
 
Lenka Šmídová

 
Venue
 
Prague National Theatre
 

The National Theatre today

 

The historical building of the National Theatre, constructed in 1883, is generally considered the prime stage in the CzechRepublic. It is the flagship of the National Theatre institution, today amounting to five buildings and encompassing four companies. You can see there Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.

 

Idea of building a stately theatre for the Czech nation

 

The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for a national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad mass of the people facilitated its construction and hence the ceremonial laying of its foundation stone on 16 May 1868 was tantamount a nationwide political manifestation.

 

The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.
 

By car

To the centre (OldTown), approach on Masarykovo nábřeží (Masaryk embankment) in the direction from the Dancing House, at the crossroads in front of the National Theatre turn right to Divadelní street and then right again to Ostrovní street to the National Theatre car park. Parking costs 50 CZK/h.

 

By tram

By daytime trams Nos. 6, 9, 18 and 22 and night trams Nos. 53, 57, 58, 59 to the stop “Národní divadlo” – in front of the NT historical building; by daytime tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”.

 

By metro

To the station “Můstek”, line B (yellow), and then by foot on Národní street; or to the station “Karlovo náměstí” and then two stops by tram No. 6, 18 or 22 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. To the station “Staroměstská”, line A (green), and then two stops by tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. 

 
 
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