- 20. 12. 2016
- 26. 5. 2017
- 20. 6. 2017
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.
The opera is staged in Czech original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
author: Antonín Dvořák
libretto: Marie Červinková—Riegrová
musical preparation: Tomáš Netopil
conductor: Zbyněk Müller, David Švec, Jan Chalupecký
stage director: Jiří Heřman
sets: Pavel Svoboda
costumes: Alexandra Grusková
choreography: Lucie Holánková
cast: Ivo Hrachovec/Ondrej Mráz, Roman Janál/Jakub Kettner/Svatopluk Sem, Dana Burešová/Maria Kobielska, Zdeněk Plech/Luděk Vele/František Zahradníček ...
duration of the performance: 3 hours, 2 intermissions