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The Devil and Kate - Opera

Venue: Prague National Theatre

 
Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
 
 
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The Devil and Kate - Opera
Sun 25 November 2018
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The Devil and Kate - Opera
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Event details
 
Composer: Antonín Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák’s two most successful operas, The Devil and Kate, and Rusalka, are based on fairy-tale motifs. Blending folk and humorous with lyrical and fantasy elements is one of the typical (and still very popular) traits of Czech dramatic creation. The theme of this charming fairy-tale opera is taken over from Božena Němcová's folk tale of the same name about the brazen and fearless Kate, the wily shepherd Jirka and the duped devil Marbuel.

Dvořák created a masterly patchwork of contrasting scenes – folksy, breezy, fiendishly fervent and courtly noble. Owing to the inspired invention with musical motifs and orchestra instrumentation, The Devil and Kate is a thoroughly original work from beginning to end, one that surpasses Dvořák’s previous operas in many respects. Adolf Born's exquisite sets and costumes bear the hallmark of this original and popular artist.


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


Duration of the performance: 2 hours and 45 minutes, 2 intermissions


Photo: Hana Smejkalová

 
Program details
 

Musical preparation: Bohumil Gregor
Conductor: Jan Chalupecký
Stage director: Marián Chudovský
Sets: Adolf Born
Costumes: Adolf Born
Chorus preparation: Milan Malý
Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk
Choreography: Daniel Wiesner
 

National Theatre Orchestra

National Theatre Chorus

Ballet of the National Theatre Opera

 

CAST

Shepherd Jirka


Jaroslav Březina
 
Martin Šrejma

Kate


Kateřina Jalovcová
 
Jana Sýkorová

Devil Marbuel


Luděk Vele
 
František Zahradníček

Princess


Jitka Svobodová

Mother


Lenka Šmídová

Lucifer


Zdeněk Plech

Devil porter


Pavel Novák

Devil - guard


Karel Drábek
 
Antonín Hudi

Chamber-maid


Lucie Hájková

Steward


Jiří Hájek

Musician


Jiří Hruška

Devil - child


Jozef Brindzák

 
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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.
 

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